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Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby Zoolandia » 14 Jun 2021, 16:20

Hi,
I've just learned that there is was a third guildhall in King's Lynn, this one belonging to the Guild of Corpus Christi. However, other than a reference to it being in King Street I have not found out anything more about its location? Does anyone have any more information?

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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby old-git » 14 Jun 2021, 19:19

This passage from Hillens page 811

In course of time, the portable stage found an abiding-place in
the general assembly-rooms of the more important of the local gilds.
Henceforth, for some time at least, the home of the drama was in
the large gild~halls. Although the names of about 60 gilds are
mentioned in connection with Lynn, references to four gild-halls only
have been found, namely: our present “Town Hall,” associated
with the Gild of the Holy Trinity; that of St. George, the old wool-
warehouse in King street; that belonging to the Gild of Corpus
Christi, which seems, from reasons subsequently to be considered, to
have stood at no great distance from St. Margaret’s church; and one
possessed by the Gild of SS. Giles and Julian, whose position defies
conjecture.
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby EWW » 14 Jun 2021, 20:21

The Undercroft at St Georges in King st is my favorite tea room in Lynn. It is the largest surviving medieval Guildhall in the country.
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby EWW » 14 Jun 2021, 21:10

I think old-gits post should read page 811.
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby old-git » 14 Jun 2021, 21:23

Oh yeh,, I'll edit it! :shock:

Hillen says a bit more on page 748

Corpus Christi [St. Margarets Church] - Licence granted
to John de Brunham, etc., to endow the gild with a messuage, a shop,
and the rights in a ferry boat (1379),,

And on page 817

Until further research throws more light upon this obscure sub-
ject, we venture to fix the site of the Hall of the Gild of Corpus
Christi at the corner of St James’ Street—the area including not
only the late John F:1rrow’s grocery stores, but the “ Tower house "
and garden, which at one time formed one estate. The Rev. Edward
Edwards, when lecturer at St. Nicholas’, lived in the “ Tower house,”
and the present warehouse and shop were built upon the ground
where the reverend gentleman’s stable and out-houses stood.
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby KTL16825 » 14 Jun 2021, 23:27

There are some documents of relevance held at the borough archives, including 16th century "deeds relating to Corpus Christi Hall in the Chekker, between the messuage of Thomas Myller on the south part and the tenement of the heirs of Robert Broadbanke on the north part". There is also a copy made in 1843 of a patent roll dated 9th February 1570 showing a "grant by Elizabeth I to Nicholas Mynne and John Hall of ..... a ferry right across the haven of Lynn late of the Guild of Corpus Christi, with a lane leading from the Chequer to the haven". I understand that the Chequer is now King Street.
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby EWW » 15 Jun 2021, 08:57

The lane and the ferry are a much loved part of the town. I think every grandparent take their g/children accross at some time.

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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby Zoolandia » 16 Jun 2021, 09:55

Thank you for your wonderful replies
Reading one of them reminded me of something I wanted to ask - I gather that "Tower House" stood on the corner of St James Street and Tower Street. What building now occupies the spot ?
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby EWW » 16 Jun 2021, 10:12

I suppose it would be this building. Twas a nice old pub at one time.

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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby Zoolandia » 16 Jun 2021, 16:08

Thank you EWW. For some reason I thought it was on the other, south side of the street, either where Ritz Bingo or Pure Hocus Pocus used to be!
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby EWW » 16 Jun 2021, 16:55

If it was Hocus side it would be junction of St James and Tower Place. I am trying to pinpoint Tower house but no luck so far.
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby Tresagreen » 16 Jun 2021, 18:02

Is this any help?

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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby Zoolandia » 16 Jun 2021, 19:04

Thanks Tresagreen, very helpful. I've found a reference in the British Newspaper Archive that says Tower House was "opposite the theatre."
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Re: Guild of Corpus Christi

Postby KTL16825 » 17 Jun 2021, 09:43

The Lynn Advertiser of 2nd December 1927 features part two of a lecture entitled The Guilds of Lynn delivered by Roger Hitchcock MA at a meeting of the Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences at Welwick House on 21st November. With regard to Corpus Christi, Hitchcock states that the guild "owed its foundation to the Black Death" and references "the great pestilence that was at Lynn in 1349". He continues: "The feast day of Corpus Christi was instituted in 1264, and it was the custom on that day to carry the sacramental bread in a gorgeous procession around the town, and in carrying out this ceremony the guild took the foremost place".

The information most relevant to this thread appears in a later paragraph, which I quote here in full:
"There is no question that the Corpus Christi Guild had a hall to meet in, there being several references to it. The Hall was used for a meeting of the Corporation on Sept. 2 1446, where the subject of the sword being carried before the Mayor was under discussion. In 1561 a Commission report that there was a guild called Corpus Christi Guild to which did appertain a Hall, certain tenements and warehouse in Lynn, valued at £4. In 1562 Sir N. le Strange enters a lawsuit against Lynn Corporation for the house of Corpus Christi. Where the Hall was situated it is not so easy to determine, but Hillen in his History gives what seems to be very good reasons for placing it at the corner of Tower Place and St. James' Street, premises now occupied by Johnson's motor shop. The site included not only the shop at the corner, but an adjacent house, called Tower House, now pulled down. in this latter house Rev. Edward Edwards, lecturer at St. Nicholas' chapel, to whom we owe so many sketches of vanished Lynn, lived 1792."
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