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Keeping these Lynn buildings safe

lloyds bank king's lynn listed status

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:14am 15th March 2019.

Keeping these historical buildings in King's Lynn safe.

They've been given grade 2 listed status.

This means the former Lloyd's bank on Tuesday Market Place and the concrete structure near Greyfriars Tower will be protected.

lloyds bank king's lynn tuesday market place in the 1950's
lloyds bank king's lynn tuesday market place in the 1950's

 

The latter one of England's earliest reinforced concrete buildings.

The two buildings have been listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England, in recognition of their historic and architectural importance.

It's part of the Heritage Action Zone scheme in King's Lynn which is working to make the most of the modern medieval town's historic buildings and areas to boost the local economy.

 

former showroom, warehouse and offices of the Building Material Company Ltd was built in 1908

 

 

33-39 St James Street

This former showroom, warehouse and offices of the Building Material Company Ltd was built in 1908 by the Bardell Brothers of King's Lynn.

They used a pioneering technique, constructing one of the earliest reinforced concrete-framed buildings in England.

Similar buildings did not appear more frequently until the 1920s and very few examples remain today.

 

how 33-39 St James Street used to look
how 33-39 St James Street used to look

 

 

Former Lloyd's Bank, 1 Tuesday Market Place 

It was built as Lloyd's Bank in 1928 to the designs of Henry Munro Cautley who practiced in Ipswich between 1901 and 1957.

Though a relatively small building, it makes a makes a significant contribution to the rich architectural character of Tuesday Market Place, once described as 'one of the most splendid open spaces in provincial England' by the scholar of architecture, Nikolaus Pevsner (1902 - 1983).

Tuesday Market Place King's Lynn back in 1928
Tuesday Market Place King's Lynn back in 1928

 

Heritage Minister Michael Ellis said:

"These new listings in King’s Lynn prove that heritage treasures are not just ancient monuments, medieval churches or Georgian houses but that they are found in the most unlikely of places. 

This is a superb example of how buildings of historic importance can be used by local businesses and I am pleased it will now be protected for future generations.” 

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