Trues Yard Fisherfolk Museum Museums

Trues Yard Fisherfolk Museum
North Street
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE30 1QW

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Trues Yard Museum is a social history Museum in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. It is an independent Museum run almost entirely by volunteers and depicts the story of the old North End fishing quarter of Kings Lynn. Support was received from the late Bernard Matthews and others. Most of the North End was knocked down in the Slum Clearances of the 1930s and 1960s.

The Cottages

The cottages consist of just two rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. At one time in cottage no.5 a family of eleven squeezed into the tiny rooms. The nine children had to sleep in one double bed, top to tail, while the parents had to sleep on the floor. There were no toilet facilities, instead they used a chamber pot which was kept under the bed.

The Smokehouse

Opened in the 1890s by retired fisherman Thomas Westwood, along with his wife Mary and three daughters, Mary, Penelope and Emily. He also had two sons Thomas and Charles. The family also opened a fishmongers in the front room of the house that faced St. Anns Street, from which they sold the fish they smoked in the smokehouse situated to the rear.

A favourite smoked fish in the North End was the bloater or a herring smoked whole.


Attraction Details

VenueTrues Yard Fisherfolk Museum
AddressNorth Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QW
Opening timesTrue's Yard is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Entry costs
Attraction typeMuseums

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