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Two historic buildings in King’s Lynn gain listed status

Two buildings in King’s Lynn have been given listed status in recognition of their historic and architectural importance.

One of England’s earliest reinforced concrete buildings, on St James Street near Greyfriars Tower, has been listed at Grade II, as has the former Lloyd's Bank at No1 Tuesday Market Place.

The former Lloyd's Bank on Tuesday Market Place Credit: King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

The listings are a 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.

The Lloyds bank building was built in 1928. Credit: Historic England

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.”

– Heritage Minister Michael Ellis
One of England’s earliest reinforced concrete buildings on St James Street in King's Lynn Credit: King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

We are delighted with the government’s decision to list these important buildings on our doorstep as part of the pioneering work going on within the King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone.”

– Cllr Alistair Beales, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
This building in St James Street was constructed with a pioneering technique. Credit: Historic England

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.