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Monumentous openings

Red mount

Published: Friday, 12th May 2023

The borough council is delighted to share details of opening dates for two of King’s Lynn’s most important heritage monuments this summer.

Thanks to the combined efforts of the borough council, King’s Lynn TIC and Alive West Norfolk, it has been confirmed that the Red Mount and South Gate will both be open on dates in May, and the Red Mount will also open on dates in June, July and September. It is hoped that further dates will follow.

These historic gems are a key part of the story of King’s Lynn, both dating back as far as when the town was still known as Bishop’s Lynn in the 15th century.

The Red Mount, more properly known as the Chapel of St Mary on the Mount, dates back to the late 15th century, when it was built for use by pilgrims travelling to Walsingham. The South Gate dates back a little further: it was constructed in the 14th century, and rebuilt in the mid-15th century, as a defensive entry point to the town.

The monuments are opened with the support of local volunteers. More volunteers are always welcomed and on 17 June the Civic Society will be hosting a volunteering fair for people to find out more about the opportunities available.

It is the volunteers who make these openings possible, bringing a wealth of knowledge on local history to the open days, as well as generously donating their time.

The Red Mount Chapel will be open from 1 – 4 pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 17 May
  • Sunday 21 May
  • Wednesday 24 May
  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Sunday 4 June
  • Wednesday 7 June
  • Sunday 18 June
  • Wednesday 5 July
  • Wednesday 6 September

The South Gate will open from 1 – 4 pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 17 May
  • Wednesday 24 May
  • Sunday 28 May
  • Wednesday 31 May

The Civic Society’s volunteering fair will be held from 10am-4pm on 17 June in King’s Lynn Town Hall. The date coincides with National Civic Day – an annual event promoted by Civic Voice to encourage communities to celebrate their area, encourage civic pride and to encourage active participation in local groups and activities.

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