King’s Lynn: A Port for 1000 Years

King’s Lynn is the second largest town in Norfolk with its origins dating back to Saxon times. This booklet, written by one of the town’s foremost historians, looks at its history up to the present day.

King’s Lynn: A Port for 1000 Years

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King’s Lynn is the second largest town in Norfolk with its origins dating back to Saxon times. Situated on south-eastern corner of the Wash, an estuarine lake known as the ‘lin’, salt was produced from the evaporation of sea water boiled in pans over peat fires. Waste discarded from these salt works raised the level of the land pushing the high tide mark towards the sea thus shrinking the lin and so grew a harbour market with European and British merchants arriving by sea in the summer and pitching tents. Around 1100 Losinga, Bishop of Norwich, recognised it as a settlement and it became known as Bishop’s Lynn until the time of Henry VIII when it changed its name following the corporation being invested with governing powers.

This booklet, written by one of the town’s foremost historians, looks at its history up to the present day.

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About The Author

Paul Richards

Dr Paul Richards F.S.A. D.L. was born and bred in King’s Lynn and studied for both BA and PhD degrees in History at Birmingham University followed by teacher training at Nottingham. Paul taught in further and higher education at the College of West Anglia.

He has been a part-time tutor for the WEA, Open University and University extra departments. He was a Borough Councillor (King’s Lynn and West Norfolk) and Mayor (1998-2000) before becoming an Honorary Alderman. His History of King’s Lynn was published in 1990, and he has written articles on local and regional history for various publications.

Amongst several other interests, he is a trustee of True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, a member of the King’s Lynn Festival board and a town guide. Paul is particularly interested in the Hanseatic League past and present.

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