Visiting Kings Lynn
Following the establishment of the gorgeous St Margaret’s Church in 1101 as part of his act of penance to the Pope for the act of ‘simony’ – having bought the right to be Bishop of Norwich for the huge sum of nineteen hundred pounds – by Herbert de Losinga, King’s Lynn rose to become one of the largest ports in the Kingdom. The Customs House ( 1683 ) and many other fine buildings resulted and, with a bit of a wobble until the railways once again brought prosperity after 1847, the town did pretty well.
To do: As befits such a major town, there is always much going on. There are two festivals each year – one of classical music ( Kings Lynn Festival ) whilst the other one (Festival Too) is one of the largest free music festivals in Europe and attracts top stars.
Extract taken From ‘Norfolk – Exploring the Land of Wide Skies’
by Stephen Browning and Daniel Tink