Ralph Vaughan Williams green plaque in King's Lynn
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1876-1958) Searching for English folk songs the young composer visited King's Lynn and district in January 1905 and collected 61 in a week. The fisherfolk of the North End impressed Ralph Vaughan Williams particularly James "Duggie" Carter (aged 61).
Their songs influenced several of his orchestral works including three "Norfolk Rhapsodies" and "A Sea Symphony".
Ralph Vaughan Williams met the fisherfolk in January 1905 in this public house then called "The Tilden Smith"
Ralph Vaughan Williams OM (/ˌreɪf ˌvɔːn ˈwɪljəmz/; 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song; this collecting activity influenced both his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, in which he included many folk song arrangements as hymn tunes, and several of his own original compositions.