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Kings Lynn Location: Norfolk, East Anglia, Eastern England, United Kingdom.

Kings Lynn Post Code: PE30

Dialling Code for Kings Lynn: 01553

Population of Kings Lynn: 42,800 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Kings Lynn: TF62390

At first called Lynn or Lin (and later as Bishop's Lynn), the lively market town and port of King's Lynn in Norfolk was during the past one of the more significant maritime ports in Britain. It currently has a resident population of roughly 42,000 and draws in a fairly high number of visitors, who head there to soak in the history of this charming city and also to delight in its countless excellent points of interest and events. The name "Lynn" very likely comes from the Celtic term for "lake or pool" and undoubtedly refers to the reality that the area once was covered by an extensive tidal lake.

Kings Lynn is found at the foot of the Wash in West Norfolk, that noticable chunk from the east coast of England where in twelve fifteen, King John supposedly lost all his treasures. He had been feasted by the citizens of Lynn (as it was then known as), back then a major port, but was caught by a significant high tide as he made his way westwards over dangerous mud flats toward Newark and the treasures were lost and never to be found again. Soon after this, he died of a surfeit of lampreys (or a surfeit of peaches), according to which report you read. Now the town is a natural centre, the channel for commerce betwixt the East Midlands and East Anglia, the train terminus of the London, Cambridge, Ely main line, and also the bridge that binds 'high' Norfolk stretching toward the city of Norwich to the east, and 'low' Norfolk, the flat marshes and fenlands to the south of the Wash.

Kings-lynn-river-great-ouseThe royal connections for King's Lynn tend to be greater presently compared with the days of King John. A few kilometres towards the north-east you will come across Sandringham Park, one of the Queen's private estates and a popular tourist attraction. The town of King's Lynn itself itself is positioned chiefly on the easterly bank of the River Great Ouse estuary. Most of the roads beside the river banks, specially those near to the St Margaret's Minster Church, are very much the same as they were two centuries ago.

If you're searching for a focal point in the town then it would quite possibly be the historic Tuesday Market Place into which King Street leads, especially in recent years because the old Corn Exchange has been changed into a major centre of entertainment. Practically all of the buildings here are Victorian or even earlier. These include the beautiful Duke's Head Hotel, erected in 1683, and a grade II listed structure ever since 1951, the Corn Exchange (1854) and the Globe Hotel (first erected in 1650).

A History of King's Lynn - In all likelihood originally a Celtic settlement, and certainly settled in Anglo Saxon times it was outlined just as Lun in the 1086 Domesday Book, and controlled by Bishop Almer of Elmham. The town was only called King's Lynn in the 16th C, and had formerly been known as Bishop's Lynn (and just Lynn before this), the Bishop's element of the name was bestowed because it was the property of a Bishop, who established a Benedictine priory there in the late 11th C, and it was the Bishop who initially granted the town the charter to hold a street market in 1101. It was additionally at approximately this time period that the first Church of St Margaret was built.

The town little by little grew to become a key trading hub and port, with goods like wool, salt and grain shipped out by way of the harbor. By the 14th C, it was one of the chief ports in the British Isles and a great deal of business was done with the Hanseatic League (German and Baltic merchants), and the Hanseatic Warehouse erected for them in the late fifteenth century.

Bishop's Lynn suffered a pair of huge misfortunes in the fourteenth century, the first in the shape of a great fire which destroyed a great deal of the town, and the second with the Black Death, a terrible plague which resulted in the death of approximately half of the town's residents during the years 1348-49. In 1537, in the rule of Henry VIII, the town was taken over by the monarch instead of a bishop and it was subsequently named King's Lynn, one year later Henry also closed the Benedictine Priory as part of his Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536-1541).

At the time of Civil War (1642 to 1651), the town actually fought on both sides, early on it supported parliament, but eventually swapped sides and was accordingly captured by Parliamentarians when it was beseiged for 3 weeks. Over the next couple of centuries the town's magnitude as a port declined following the downturn of the wool exporting industry, whilst it did carry on dispatching grain and importing pitch, timber and iron to a lesser extent. The port of King's Lynn in addition affected by the growth of westerly ports like Bristol and Liverpool, which expanded following the discovery of the Americas.

The Lattice House Inn, King's Lynn - - 1589499Clearly there was still a decent local and coastal trade to keep the port in business during these times and later on King's Lynn prospered once more with the importation of wine arriving from France, Portugal and Spain. Also the export of farmed produce grew following the fens were drained through the Mid-17th Century, in addition, it started a crucial shipbuilding industry. The train arrived in King's Lynn in eighteen forty seven, carrying more prosperity, trade and visitors to the area. The populace of the town grew appreciably in the 60's as it became an overflow town for London.

Kings Lynn can be accessed from the A10, the A149 or the A17, its around thirty eight miles from the city of Norwich and 94 miles from London. It can even be got to by rail, the closest overseas airport to King's Lynn is Norwich (approximately 46 miles) a driving time of approximately an hour.

A selection of Kings Lynn streets and roads: Three Oaks, Water Lane, Kempstone, Crossways Cottages, Hillington Park, Hunters Close, Wheatfields Close, St James Green, Westfields Close, Mallard Close, Fenside, Eastgate Lane, Victoria Cottages, Pasture Close, Hills Crescent, Fen Lane, Phillipo Close, Long Lane, Ethel Terrace, Golf Close, Prince Charles Close, Maple Drive, Lilac Wood, Brentwood, Joan Shorts Lane, Winston Churchill Drive, Well Hall Lane, Dale End, Edinburgh Way, Hargate Way, Friars Fleet, Kensington Mews, River Walk, Pine Mall, St Peters Close, Post Mill, Spring Close, Marsh Lane, Rushmead Close, Methuen Avenue, Norfolk Houses, George Street, Queens Close, Ranworth, Burghwood Drive, Lancaster Place, Suffield Way, Queensway, Victory Lane, Union Lane, Stratford Close.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Kings Lynn: Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Pigeons Farm, Lincolnshire", Mr Gs Bowling Centre, St James Swimming Centre, Swimming at Oasis Leisure, East Winch Common, Lynn Museum, Thorney Heritage Museum, Green Quay, Duke's Head Hotel, Iceni Village, Playtowers, Syderstone Common, Swaffham Museum, Snettisham Beach, Shrubberies, Lynnsport Miniature Railway, Megafun Play Centre, Snettisham Park, Gooderstone Water Gardens and Nature Trail, South Gate, Peckover House, Anglia Karting Centre, The Play Barn, All Saints Church, Castle Acre Priory, Bircham Windmill, Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard, St Edmunds Chaple Hunstanton, Planet Zoom.

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And if you was pleased with this review and guide to Kings Lynn, East Anglia, then you might find certain of our additional town and resort guides useful, possibly the guide to Wymondham (Norfolk), or perhaps even the guide to Maidenhead. To check out these sites, please click the applicable town or village name. We hope to see you return some time soon. Various other towns and cities to visit in Norfolk include Wymondham, Swaffham and Heacham.