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.

1:00 pm
Richard Young – Nineteenth Century Shipping Magnet of Wisbech by Roger Powell is the fifth lecture in the 13th series of True’s Talks. This event is free, however, numbers are limited so booking is essential.…
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
1:00 pm
A Glimpse of Thetford Past & Present by David Osborne is the sixth lecture in the 13th series of True’s Talks. This event is free, however, numbers are limited so booking is essential. Tickets are…
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
1:00 pm
Benjamin Massey of Lynn & The Quakers’ Network 1800-50 by Alison Gifford is the seventh lecture in the 13th series of True’s Talks. This event is free, however, numbers are limited so booking is essential.…
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
1:00 pm
Discovering the history of Tilney All Saints and its 12th century Church by June Mitchell, MBE & Ann Savage is the eighth lecture in the 13th series of True’s Talks. This event is free, however,…
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
7:00 pm
The Baden Powell 1900-2017 by Dr Paul Richards, Tim Clayton & Ken Hill is the 4th Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture. This lecture is held annually to commemorate the Museum’s founder, Pat Midgley, MBE. Tickets are…
King's Lynn Town Hall
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
Live History is coming to True’s Yard! Live History is a theatre company based out of Ottawa, Canada, that specialises in bringing your local history to life! Live History  workshops offer show snippets, as well…
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
Live History is coming to True’s Yard! Live History is a theatre company based out of Ottawa, Canada, that specialises in bringing your local history to life! On Thursday 1st June at 6pm they will…
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum

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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