The ‘Ship Inn,’ Lynn

The “Ship Inn,” Lynn Robert Walker Macbeth, R.A. (1848-1910) Source: “The Great Fen” in the 1885 English Illustrated Magazine. Hathi Trust online version of a copy in the The Pennsylvania State University). Click on image to enlarge it.

Commentary by Samuel H. Summers

Many of the houses by the river bear evidences of the former opulence of the merchants—notably those in streets which have the modern names, King, Queen, and Nelson; these houses (and warehouses too) together with St. Margaret’s Church and the old Guildhall, afford no little interest to the archaeologist. Between King Street and Queen Street stands the Custom House (this is figured in an accompanying illustration), built for an exchange—probably a wine exchange—as there was once a considerable trade in that commodity, for, in the year 1800 as much as 1,280 tuns were imported, but the import has since that declined. \Ve could not describe the building better than by quoting what Mackerell has said in his history of Lynn, dated 1738.

“Near the River and Middle of the Town stands a fine structure of Free-stone, with two orders of Columns; Erected at the proper Cost and Charge of Sir John Turner, Knight, Three times Mayor here, and for many Years one of the Members of Parliament; for an Exchange for Merchants, Anno Domini 1683” (815).

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Miller, Samuel H. “The Great Fen.” English Illustrated Magazine. 2 (September 1885): 805-17. Hathi Trust online version of a copy in the Getty Institute. Web. 1 February 2021.

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