TF6219 : Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn

taken 10 years ago, near to King's Lynn, Norfolk, Great Britain

Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn
Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn
Greyfriars Tower is the only remaining part of a Franciscan monastery, and one of only 3 surviving such towers in England and is considered to be the finest. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII all such monasteries were demolished. The tower at Lynn remained because it was considered to be a useful seamark by sailors entering the town, still being clearly visible on the town's skyline to this day.

The tower is informally referred to as 'the leaning tower of Lynn' as it leans dramatically to the west. At its worst, the lean was 67.5 centimetres - which given its height of more than 28 metres is just over 1 degree. This compares to 5.5 degrees on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Whilst it is not believed to be in imminent danger of collapse, until recently it did require work to correct the lean to ensure it remains a part of the King's Lynn skyline. This was completed by August 2006 and on October 18th 2006 the grounds were officially opened by the Mayor, Councillor Ann Clery-Fox. It was once forecast that the tower would collapse onto the theatre next door when the Queen came to visit - however as the theatre has since been converted into a bingo hall this now seems unlikely!

The tower itself was featured in the first season of the BBC TV series Restoration.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 August, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 13 August, 2007
Category
Tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 620 197 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.0586N 0:23.9828E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 620 197
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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