DSC_0473

Millfleet Burial Ground, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

DSC_0473

I thought I might catch up on my ‘Tour of Kings Lynn’.  Kings Lynn is our nearest large town….although Kings Lynn is not that large, it is brimming with history and historical buildings.  What I like most, is the little snap shots of history that you find in any our of our towns, Kings Lynn has several of these. The odd archway or remains of a building that once was a great Priory, I find fascinating, I love to research them.

So to add to my tour, here is something that I have passed by, on nearly every trip in to the town centre and not realised what it was.  A couple of weeks ago, on maybe the last really hot sunny Sunday, I took a fancy to visit the park in the town, which starts at the ‘Walks’ ( I will post about these later).  Parking the car I walked past this gate and came to a sudden stop…..what an earth had I just walked passed.

DSC_0479 - Version 2

Walking back to the gate I read the green plaque.

‘Millfleet Burial Ground…….Within these walls is the cemetery of a community of Dutch Jews, who lived in Lynn C1750 -1846.  Despite royal protection an earlier Jewish community in Lynn had been massacred and property burnt by Sailors on their way to the third crusade in 1190.  Jews Lane in Medieval and Tudor times is now Surrey Street’.

DSC_0475

DSC_0474

What we are looking at, is really a square shape brick box with no roof……a very old brick box and has some wonderful Hebrew headstones.  I found the round sphered globe shaped one very interesting, very modern, like a work of art.

DSC_0471

As I explored around the sides of the walls, I found a wonderful cobbled road, although only a small stretch, it was enough to fire up my imagination, although I did have to ignore the flats in the back ground.

DSC_0478

The gate is padlocked, you can get the keys if you so wished and the cemetery is administrated by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

It is one of the those little snap shots of time that I nearly missed, although I had passed by so many times before……

DSC_0477

DSC_0476

DSC_0480DSC_0470

DSC_0481

About these ads

8 comments

    1. And I nearly missed it, makes me wonder what else I am missing. I know I am because I just found out down by the Quay in Kings Lynn is a small part of a Fort left, call Anne’s Fort….so next free day off to find that :)

  1. Superb stuff – these are real pieces of history right in the midst of everyday life and probably missed by the vast majority of people – keep the history detective posts coming!

    1. I love that ‘history detective posts’ it does seem like that some times, but thats the fun of it, I just love finding little bits of buildings, sometime more than larger ones :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s