dock company wartime fire brigade

Members of King’s Lynn Dock Company Wartime Fire Brigade, circa 1914

Emptying the fishing net

Emptying a fishing net aboard the Merlin

The cottages

Cottage No. 5 decorated as it would have been in 1860.

North End Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1935

North End Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1935

London Road King's Lynn, West Norfolk, circa 2011

London Road King's Lynn, circa 1911

‘Lol’ Benefe

Tom’ Boots’ Benefer and co. enjoying a well-earned break

Welcome to True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum

True’s Yard is virtually all that remains of King’s Lynn’s old fishing community, the North End. 


Once hundreds of families lived within a stone’s throw of the beautiful mediaeval chapel of St. Nicholas.  The North End had its own boat builders, chandlers, sailmakers, pubs, bakehouses and school.

The hard and sometimes dangerous life they led bred a fierce loyalty in the Northenders – they supported each other in times of crisis, seldom married anyone from outside the North End and cared for their widows and orphans.  The menfolk would sail up to 100 miles away to bring in their catch and their women would tend the children, wait, pray and mend the nets when they came home. 

The fishing fleet still sails from King’s Lynn, but the old way of life has gone.

May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
7:30 pm
“1816 was ‘the year without a summer’, the worst year in world agricultural history. The previous harvest had failed. Demobbed soldiers (the victors of Waterloo) came back to no work and no livelihood. Prices soared;…
Marriott's Warehouse
Jun 4 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
10:30 am
Family Fun Day at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum Saturday 4th June 10:30am – 3:00pm Celebrating Local History Day Poos from the Past Exciting Excavations Family Tree Create a Clay Pot or Roman Tile And much…
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
Jun 5 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
12:30 pm
Silver Jubilee Fundraising Barbecue Sunday June 5th 2016 12.30 pm   Nursery Lane – South Wootton (next to Swan Pub)   Tickets £12.50 Bring your own drink and seat.   All proceeds to the True’s…
Bill Irwin's Garden

We hope you have enjoy your visit to True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum!

True’s Yard Museum is supported by The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

The Cottages and Smokehouse are Grade II Listed.

Admission Prices

Adults £3

Seniors (over 60) £2.50

Children (under 5′s go free) £1.50

Family (2 adults + 2 children) £6

Research Centre Free

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm Last admission 3:30pm

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