Monday, 28 February 2011
Anybody that comes from or knows King's Lynn will be aware of Northend, the fishing community that was situated near the northern part of the town near the river. Despite a hand full of boats and families that still fish in the town, much of the fishing industry has now gone, along with many of the "yards" and buildings in the area.
I made this piece last year, after reading a history of the community by Frank Castleton, a local historian and family member of a long line of fishermen King's Lynn. It's a chaotic piece, using lino print, ink, and text, but i think it works well with the business that would have been in the area at the time. For me it wasn't just about the fishermen and boats, but about the whole community, the women and children who also lived there. Northend had it's own school (no longer there) and church (St Nicholas Chapel), along with a very strong sense of identity.
More information about the area and the fishing community can be found by visiting True's Yard in King's Lynn, a museum dedicated to the North End community and the fishing industry of King's Lynn.