24 Facts About King's Lynn


King's Lynn, known until 1537 as Bishop's Lynn and colloquially as Lynn, is a port and market town in the borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk in the county of Norfolk, England.

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King's Lynn originated on a constricted site south of where the River Great Ouse now discharges into the Wash.

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King's Lynn commissioned St Margaret's Church and authorised a market to be held on Saturday.

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King's Lynn suffered from outbreaks of plague, notably in 1516,1587,1597,1636 and finally in 1665.

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King's Lynn designed the Duke's Head Inn, North Runcton Church and Stanhoe Hall, having gained ideas while on travel in Europe as a young man.

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King's Lynn was no longer a major international port, but iron and timber were imported.

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King's Lynn suffered from the discovery of the Americas, which benefited ports on the west coast of England.

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In 2006, King's Lynn became the United Kingdom's first member of The Hanse, a network of towns across Europe that belonged historically to the Hanseatic League.

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The present Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk was an amalgamation of the Borough of King's Lynn, the urban districts of Downham Market and Hunstanton, and the rural districts of Docking, Downham, Freebridge Lynn, and Marshland.

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King's Lynn is the northernmost settlement on the River Great Ouse, lying 97 miles north of London and 44 miles west of Norwich.

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Great Ouse at King's Lynn is about 200 metres wide and the outfall for much of the Fens' drainage system.

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King's Lynn was the fastest growing port in Great Britain in 2008.

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Port of King's Lynn has facilities for dry bulk cargo such as cereals and liquid bulk products such as petroleum products for Pace Petroleum.

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Tourism in King's Lynn is a minor industry, but it attracts visitors to its historic centre, and as a base for visiting Sandringham House and other country houses in the area.

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King's Lynn is linked to the cities of Norwich and Peterborough by the A47, to Cambridge by the A10, and to Spalding and the North via the A17.

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King's Lynn is served by the excel bus route between Peterborough and Norwich operated by First Eastern Counties.

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King's Lynn has two local newspapers: the twice-weekly Lynn News owned by Iliffe Media, and Your Local Paper, a free weekly.

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King's Lynn is served by BBC Radio Norfolk, Greatest Hits Radio West Norfolk, West Norfolk Radio, KL1 Radio and all national BBC radio stations.

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King's Lynn helped to organise concerts of high-standard professional music.

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King's Lynn was a friend and lady-in-waiting to the Queen – later the Queen Mother – who agreed to become the festival patron and, in July 1951, officially opened the restored St George's Guildhall.

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King's Lynn remained an enthusiastic and active supporter and patron of the festival until her death in March 2002.

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King's Lynn Festival remains the premier music and arts festival in West Norfolk.

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King's Lynn Museum, run by Norfolk Museums Service in Market Street, covers the town's local history and the Bronze Age timber circle Seahenge.

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King's Lynn Nets, formed in 2008, runs a programme in local competitions.

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