Blakeney Guildhall, Blakeney, Norfolk

Blakeney Guildhall, Blakeney, Norfolk
Photograph taken 01 November 1992 © Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: J920648

The picturesque village of Blakeney was the third most important port in Norfolk when the Guildhall was built in the 15th century. It may originally have been a merchant’s house. It was home to Blakeney’s guild of fish merchants by 1516 when they were granted a charter by Henry VIII. The building subsequently had a surprising variety of uses. It is shown on a map of 1682 with a castellated upper storey, that was perhaps used as an inn. This later fell into disrepair. In the mid-19th century the undercroft was used for storing coal, which was traded along the coast between Newcastle and London. In the First World War it was used as a temporary mortuary for shipwrecked sailors. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2011).

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