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The Smokehouse

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.758 / 52°45'28"N

Longitude: 0.3967 / 0°23'48"E

OS Eastings: 561833

OS Northings: 320516

OS Grid: TF618205

Mapcode National: GBR N3Q.53R

Mapcode Global: WHJP1.2Y60

Entry Name: The Smokehouse

Listing Date: 5 June 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393314

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506971

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

KINGS LYNN

610-1/0/10021 ST ANN'S STREET
05-JUN-09 True's Yard
5A
The Smokehouse

II
A mid C19 smokehouse, partly remodelled and in domestic use in the C20.

MATERIALS
The building is constructed in red brick generally laid in English bond, with a pantile-covered gable roof.

EXTERIOR
The north elevation has C20 fenestration and an added single storey range projects north. Two infilled ventilation slits to the smokehouse are apparent at the first floor of the east end. The south elevation is blind and at the rear corner of the building, the attached wall enclosing the southern boundary of True's Yard extends to the east. To the west, number 5a is physically attached to number 5 St Ann's Street, a building which has been assessed as not having special interest.

INTERIOR
The interior has no interest apart from the smokehouse at the east end. A mezzanine floor supported by bridging beams, one encased, provided access to the fish racks at first floor, but the earlier access to the first floor has been obscured by later remodelling. At the ground floor, the base of the smokehouse has a blackened brick floor and an inserted ceiling of later date. At the first floor, the walls to the north, south and east are smoke-blackened. The ventilation slits on the north elevation are infilled with brick, but the wooden framing and one of the shutters survives. The roof structure comprises a smoke blackened ridge piece, collars and rafters.

SOURCES
Karen Noel-Storr 'The buildings and past occupants of True's Yard fishing museum complex, King's Lynn, Norfolk'. Report supporting HLF bid, 2008.

HISTORY
The smokehouse is located in an industrial outbuilding to the rear of number 5 St Ann's Street. From 1889, the smokehouse served the fishmonger business of Thomas Westwood who had a shop at number 3 St Ann's Street. The building was partly converted into residential use in the C20, but the smokehouse remained preserved at the east end of the building until rediscovery in the early C21.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION
The smokehouse at number 5a St Ann's Street is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons.
* It is a significant survival of an increasingly rare building type.
* It is largely intact, possessing key architectural features of a domestic smokehouse.
* It is comparable with other domestic smokehouses designated in Grade II.
* It relates specifically to the history of King's Lynn as a fishing port
* It has Group Value with other related buildings

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

Reasons for Listing

The smokehouse at 5a St Ann's Street, designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons.
* It is a significant survival of an increasingly rare building type.
* It is largely intact, possessing key architectural features of a domestic smokehouse.
* It is comparable with other domestic smokehouses designated in Grade II.

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