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Clifton House

Queen Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1HT

The most important house in the historic town of King’s Lynn.

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Clifton House is the most important house in the historic town of King’s Lynn. A merchant’s house in the heart of the town, it retains an amazing series of historic interiors dating from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries and is Grade I listed. Features of interest include two tiled floors from the later thirteenth century (the largest in-situ tiled floors in any secular building in Britain); the fourteenth-century vaulted undercroft; the five-storey Elizabethan tower and a series of rooms created by the architect Henry Bell in 1700.

The house was begun in 1250 and subsequently remodelled by owners up to the Georgian period. The huge medieval wine cellar is the earliest brick structure in Norfolk.

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