We hope you enjoy your visit to the True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum.
The North End neighbourhood of King’s Lynn was once home to a thriving fishing community, but today almost nothing but True’s Yard is left.
Hundreds of families used to call the area around the stunning mediaeval chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas home at one time. The North End was home to its very own boatyards, chandleries, sailmakers, bakehouses, and schools in addition to pubs and bakeries.
They supported one another in times of crisis, rarely married anyone from outside the North End, and cared for their widows and orphans as a result of the difficult and sometimes dangerous lifestyle they led in the North End. In order to bring in their catch, the menfolk would sail as far as one hundred miles away, and the women would take care of the children, wait, pray, and repair the nets until the men returned home.
King’s Lynn is still home to a fishing fleet, but the town’s traditional way of life has long since vanished.