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Museum of Social History

A Grade II* Listed Building in King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7553 / 52°45'19"N

Longitude: 0.3936 / 0°23'36"E

OS Eastings: 561630

OS Northings: 320209

OS Grid: TF616202

Mapcode National: GBR N3Q.BB5

Mapcode Global: WHJP7.00QJ

Entry Name: Museum of Social History

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 26 July 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298222

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384163

Location: King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE30

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Town: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Electoral Ward/Division: St Margarets with St Nicholas

Built-Up Area: King's Lynn

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

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Listing Text


610-1/7/92 (West side)
01/12/51 No.27
Museum of Social History
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Link building between No 27 and St
George's Hall)


House, now museum. Owned in 1580 by the merchant John
Dynnesdale when it was timber-framed. Purchased in late 1660s
by the Rotterdam merchant Hubert Vinckesteyn who rebuilt the
rear range probably c1695 in brick. Street front remodelled
and given its coursed limestone skin probably after 1715 when
the house was in the posession of Hubert van Vlierden. Rear
staircase hall added early C19 and other alterations made. In
1814 the existing separate house over the carriage entrance
was demolished and the present structure constructed, integral
with No.27. By 1750 the house was used as a bank, with the
bank hall in the space occupied by the present carriage
Facade of 3 storeys in 5 bays. Rusticated quoins.
Central fielded and panelled door with diamond-glazed
fanlight. Door surround of engaged Corinthian columns
supporting a segmental pediment over a plain architrave. Sash
windows with glazing bars are mid C18 replacements. Window
surrounds all have ears, ground-floor surrounds have keystones
and block or cavetto brackets below sills. Similar brackets to
first-floor surrounds. Outer pair are under segmental
pediments, centre window with straight pediment and a carved
frieze. Modillion eaves cornice under low parapet which
conceals the roof. One stone stack to right and left.
Carriageway to right is fitted with C20 double timber doors
and a pedestrian doorway. The first floor has a Venetian
window fitted with sashes with glazing bars with a series of
roundels below the embracing arch. This window is repeated to
Rear (west) wing to main block in dark red brick with light
red quoins, to corners and window reveals, and window heads,
probably c1695. Six sash windows to ground floor and seven to
first floor, with glazing bars, flush frames and gauged
skewback arches. Four of the first-floor windows have wave
mouldings under the skewbacks. Main wall to front with moulded
red brick cornice, which runs into rear wing.
INTERIOR. Facade door leads to passage to rear staircase hall
via a panelled door with a 4-vaned fanlight. 8 fluted
Corinthian columns are linked by architraves. In the
north-west segment is an oval skylight. Octagon and dot floor.
Staircase with stick balusters and a ramped and wreathed
handrail rises to first floor. Ground-floor south room has
large-frame panelling and an ovolo modillion cornice. The room
immediately above has 2 tuscan columns supporting a coffered
cornice. The room to the north of this also with large-frame
panelling, a feature repeated in the first-floor rooms to the
west wing. The rooms below in this wing have C17 small-frame
panelling, and one connecting door is surmounted by a

Listing NGR: TF6163020208

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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