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Location of Kings Lynn: Norfolk, Eastern England, Eastern England, United Kingdom.

Kings Lynn Postcode: PE30

Dialling Code for Kings Lynn: 01553

Kings Lynn Population: 42,800 (2011 Census)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Kings Lynn: TF62390

First identified as Lynn or Lin (and later as Bishop's Lynn), the vibrant market town and port of King's Lynn was at one time one of the more vital ports in Britain. The town presently has a populace of around forty two thousand and lures in a fairly large number of sightseers, who come to absorb the history of this picturesque town and to enjoy its various great visitors attractions and live entertainment events. The name of the town comes from the Celtic word for "lake or pool" and signifies the truth that this area was once engulfed by a big tidal lake.

The town lies at the southern end of the Wash in North-West Norfolk, that sizeable bite from England's east coast where King John is supposed to have lost all his treasure in twelve fifteen. He had been treated to a feast by the elite of Lynn (as it was known as back then), then a prosperous port, but was caught by a fast rising October high tide as he made his way to the west over hazardous marshes on the way to Newark and the treasure was lost on the mud flats. Shortly after this, John died of a surfeit of lampreys (or peaches), based on which report you read. At this time the town is a natural centre, the route for business betwixt the eastern counties and the Midlands, the railway terminus of the London, Cambridge, Ely main line, and also the bridging point that joins 'high' Norfolk extending in the direction of Norwich to the east, and 'low' Norfolk, the flat fens and marsh lands to the south of the Wash.

Kings-lynn-river-great-ouseThe royal associations for King's Lynn have proven to be more potent presently than they were in the era of King John. A few kilometers toward the north-east is Sandringham Park, a key tourist attraction and one of the Queen's private estates. The town of King's Lynn itself itself is set mainly on the easterly bank of the estuary of the wide and muddy River Great Ouse. Most of the streets near to the Great Ouse, specially the ones around the twin towers of the St Margaret's Church, are pretty much as they were a couple of hundred years ago.

If you're looking for a focal point in the town then it would most likely be the historical Tuesday Market Place into which King Street leads, certainly in the past several years since old Corn Exchange has been remodeled into a primary centre of entertainment. Pretty much all of the buildings and houses here are Victorian or even before this. These buildings include the impressive Duke's Head Hotel, erected in 1683, and a grade II listed structure since 1951, the Corn Exchange (1854) and the Globe Hotel (originally erected in 1650).

The History of King's Lynn Norfolk - Most probably originally a Celtic settlement, and without a doubt subsequently an Anglo-Saxon camp it was detailed simply as Lun in the Domesday Book of 1086, and owned by Bishop Almer of Elmham. The town was to be known as King's Lynn during the sixteenth century, and had initially been called Bishop's Lynn (and simply Lynn prior to this), the Bishop's aspect of the name was administered because it was the property of a Bishop, who founded a Benedictine priory there in the late eleventh century, and it was this Bishop who originally granted the town the charter to hold a weekly street market in 1101. It was additionally at close to this period that the first Church of St Margaret was constructed.

Bishop's Lynn eventually evolved into a major commerce centre and port, with merchandise like wool, salt and grain shipped out from the port. By the 14th C, Bishop's Lynn was among the principal ports in Britain and much business was done with the Hanseatic League (Germanic and Baltic merchants), with the Hanseatic Warehouse in St Margaret's Ln erected for them in the late 15th century.

The town of Bishop's Lynn experienced two substantial calamities in the 14th century, firstly in the shape of a major fire which destroyed much of the town, and secondly with the Black Death, a plague which resulted in the the loss of around fifty percent of the residents of the town in the period 1348 and 1349. In 1537, at the time of Henry the Eighth, Bishop's Lynn came under the control of the king rather than the bishop and was to be identified as King's Lynn, one year later the King also shut down the Benedictine Priory as part of his Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536-1541).

During the Civil War (1642-51), King's Lynn intriguingly supported both sides, firstly it supported parliament, but afterwards swapped allegiance and ended up being captured by the Parliamentarians when it was under seige for several weeks. In the following couple of centuries the town's influence as a port waned along with the downturn of wool exports, whilst it did carry on dispatching grain and importing pitch, timber and iron to a substantially lesser extent. The port of King's Lynn simultaneously affected by the rise of west coast ports like Bristol and Liverpool, which grew following the Americas were discovered.

The Lattice House Inn, King's Lynn - geograph.org.uk - 1589499There was however a good sized local and coastal business to help keep the port going during these more challenging times and it was not long before the town boomed all over again with increasing shipments of wine arriving from Portugal, France and Spain. Also the shipment of agricultural produce escalated after the fens were drained during the mid-seventeenth century, what's more, it developed a significant shipbuilding industry. The railway arrived at the town in 1847, delivering more trade, visitors and prosperity to the town. The resident population of Kings Lynn increased appreciably during the Sixties given it became a London overflow area.

The town can be reached by car from the A10, the A149 and the A17, it is about 38 miles from the city of Norwich and ninety four miles from London. King's Lynn can even be arrived at by train, the most handy airport to King's Lynn is Norwich International (driving distance - 46 miles) a driving time of approximately an hour.

A selection of Kings Lynn streets and roads: Dawber Close, Police Row, Rectory Meadow, Cowslip Walk, Rectory Drive, The Boltons, High House Farm, Eastview Caravan Site, Rookery Close, Argyle Street, Market Lane, Sidney Street, Mountbatten Road, Paxman Road, Persimmon, Cuck Stool Green, Freestone Court, Lords Lane, Ferry Lane, Boughey Close, Chase Avenue, Sycamore Close, Manor Drive, Dodmans Close, Woodview Road, Wildbriar Close, Candelstick Lane, Rye Close, Spenser Road, Orchard Close, The Hill, Tower Lane, Stiffkey Close, Cedar Grove, Old Roman Bank, Beeston Road, Sitka Close, Allen Close, Front Street, The Causeway, Carlton Drive, Burrells Meadow, Tennyson Road, Railway Crossing, Hill Road, Saturday Market Place, Strickland Avenue, Littleport Street, Pales Green, Rolfe Crescent, Mileham Road.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Kings Lynn: Norfolk Lavender, Greyfriars Tower, Mr Gs Bowling Centre, Playtowers, The Play Barn, North Brink Brewery, Walsingham Abbey Grounds and Museum, St Georges Guildhall, Syderstone Common, King's Lynn Minster (St Margarets Church), Oasis Leisure Centre Hunstanton, Downham Market Swimming Pool, Snettisham Beach, Peckover House, Denver Windmill, Elgood Brewery, Strikes, Wisbech Museum, Lynn Museum, Megafun Play Centre, Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard, Duke's Head Hotel, South Gate, Alleycatz, Walsingham Treasure Trail, Fuzzy Eds, Ice Skating at Oasis Leisure, Play Stop, Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre, Gooderstone Water Gardens and Nature Trail, Castle Rising Castle.

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