North Lynn House

north lynn house

Here is the second photograph in the album described in my last blog post, this one labelled ‘North Lynn House’.

Look carefully and you will see two figures on the far left who appear to be playing archery (the target is to the right of the side door of the house). I particularly like the vines that are trailed vertically up the walls in an orderly fashion.

At the time this image was taken there were relatively few inhabitants in this area of Norfolk, which has made tracing the house a little easier. On the 1886 ordnance survey map of King’s Lynn is a building that forms part of North Lynn Farm, and the building shares a similar footprint to one above. In particular there is a small courtyard area, that would be located behind the side door next to the archery target. Also note the location of the pond on both the photograph and the map.

North Lynn Farm 1886

Looking at the 1906 map, the Lodge and Farm are less than half a mile apart, with very little in-between.

Farm and Lodge 1906 ‘Maps reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland’
Map Images Website

As for inhabitants, the earliest record I can find comes from the Electoral Rolls of Norfolk, England 1836-37, listing ‘Giles Walker’ as occupier of farmland owned by Lord William George Bentinck.

1836 Norfolk, England, Register of Electors 1836-37

The 1851 census describes Giles Walker as resident at ‘North Lynn Hall’ (presumably an alternative name for the farm) with his given occupation as ‘farmer of 700 acres’. In January 1860, at the age of 67, Giles died and the farm became home to William Marshall and family. Sadly, in 1881 William reportedly took his own life in a gruesome manner, an event described by newspapers at the time.

Norfolk News - Saturday 12 March 1881Norfolk News – Saturday 12 March 1881

The farm was subsequently managed by the two sons of William Marshall, until the older son William Francis Marshall passed away in 1931, aged 78. Between 1938 and 1950 the farm house disappears from the ordnance survey maps, although most of the surrounding buildings remain in place.

I wonder who the people playing archery were? Perhaps members of the Marshall family? I find it sad to think that the house no longer exists, but I hope this blog post helps to keep the memory of the old farm, home and families alive :).

Census & Electoral Rolls information from

Newspaper clipping from The British Newspaper Archive  © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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