Watch: A tour around the North End
By Zoe Applegate
Fishermen bringing home their haul, women working in their yards and pubs the places to enjoy a sing-song - the North End of King's Lynn housed a close-knit community. Take a video tour to find out about the people who lived and worked there.
Around the turn of the last century it's believed 900 people lived in the fishing community of North End, or Fishers End, in King's Lynn.
Their houses lined yards and alleys which were grouped around three main streets: North Street, St Ann's Street and Pilot Street.
Slum clearance and new road schemes meant that most of the area was knocked down.
However, a few parts still remain including True's Yard, a section of the cobbled Pilot Street, St Nicholas' Chapel and The Tilden Smith pub - now known as The Retreat.
With the help of people who know the area well, you can find out what life was like and what you can still see today.
1. True's Yard
This living history museum is named after a former owner of the properties, William True. It is the last remaining example of the type of tiny cottages which were typical in the North End.
Brian Chase has an emotional tie to the church
2. St Nicholas' Chapel
Brian Chase is a member of one of the well-known North End fishing families, which has had a long association with St Nicholas' Chapel.
Brian is the chairman of the Friends Of St Nicholas and our guide to the largest chapel of its type in the country.
3. North Street
Arthur Paynter is a trustee of True's Yard Museum, who was born on the corner of North Street in the 1930s.
4. Retreat Pub
This is the only pub which remains of the 20 or so hostelries in the North End, and is run by Northender Ray Rudd.
5. Pilot Street
This was a main thoroughfare in North End until a road improvement scheme created John Kennedy Road and almost led to its total destruction.
6. The Exorcist House
Bill Irwin reveals how he used to find the Exorcist House, otherwise known as the Haunted House, a chilling sight.
last updated: 06/07/07