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Kings Lynn in General
Member Name: momm
Kings Lynn in General
Date: 31/12/00, updated on 31/12/00 (75 review reads)
Advantages: Unsure if there are any
Disadvantages: Out of date viewpoint
I spent my childhood in King's Lynn. During the 11 years I lived there very little changed however when I left and returned years later, it was so different.
It was a safe place to live. I could play out with my friends till late and my parents always knew I would be safe.
The main park was called The Walks and that is where you could find the swimming baths. We went there with school and with friends and family. I remember it was right next to the river and the walls were made of corrugated tin. Each Sunday afternoon my mum and I would go swimming and usually were the only ones there except sometimes we would disturb the water rats who had popped under the tin from the river.
There were 3 cinemas which showed all the latest films. Saturday mornings it cost 6d to get in downstairs and 9d for upstairs. It was always packed with kids.
I worked in Woolworths Saturdays and holidays when I was at school. I went to the Norfolk County Technical College to study shorthand and typing. The College probably has a different title now but we thought it was very grand.
I also used to work on the land during holidays from a very early age. I did everything - potato picking, strawberry picking, black currant picking, bulb picking. You name it, I think I've picked it. It would be interested to know if the gangmasters still operate.
The butter factory and Campbells were large employers then but it would appear that things have changed a lot.
King's Lynn is a beautiful place and a great base from which to explore the surrounding area. Sandringham of course is on the doorstep and Heacham and Hunstanton. Many little villages surround King's Lynn and I'm sure they would not have changed.
St Margaret's Church is worth a visit on the Saturday Market Place and the buildings surrounding the Tuesday Market place are worth a second glance. The old guild hall used to hold the more class
ical performances. I went with my school to see the ballet etc. A wonderful old building.
I think I've talked myself in to revisiting. I'll be able to let you know if it is still as beautiful as I remember.