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King's Lynn

"KING'S LYNN, or LYNN REGIS, Is an ancient, populous, and flourishing sea port, borough, and market town, and may be properly styled the emporium of the western division of Norfolk; - its harbour forming the grand outlet of all the principal navigable streams in that district and several adjacent counties, and its markets being numerously attended by farmers, merchants, &c., residing within a circuit of twenty miles. It is a large respectable town, much improved during the last thirty years, by new streets of neat houses; and seated on the east side of the Great Ouse river, within four miles of that large bay of the ocean, called the Wash or Metaris Æstiarium, - being in 52 deg. 45 min. 25 sec. North latitude, and in 1 min. 35 sec. East longitude from the meridian of Greenwich; and distant, 42 miles W. by N. of Norwich; 98 miles N. by E. of London; 46 miles N. by E. of Cambridge; 32 miles S.E. of Boston; 13 miles N.E. by E. of Wisbech; and 15 miles N.W. by W. of Swaffham." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Archives and Libraries

True's Yard Fishing Museum
The museum of the old fishing community of the North End of King's Lynn.
King's Lynn Borough Archives
NRO Leaflet 35: Summary of holdings.
 
Wilson, R.
A history of the libraries of King's Lynn, 1797-1905.
[ISBN 0900592583, London, Library Association Thesis, 1971]

Business and Commerce Records

Braithwaite, David
Savage of King's Lynn: Inventor of machines and merry-go-rounds.
[Cambridge, Stephens, 1975]
Clark, Ronald H.
Savages Limited, engineers, St. Nicholas Ironworks, King's Lynn: A short history 1850-1964.
[King's Lynn, Savages, 1964]
Scott, Martin
Made in Lynn. The history of Scott and Son (complete house furnishers), and events in the town 1871-1971.
[ISBN 0956457103, King's Lynn, Sunbeam Publications, 2009]

Cemeteries

Chapel of St Nicholas
Monuments in the church.
Hovell, Ethel Mary Wilkin
A complete list of the inscriptions on the slabs, tablets and monuments in the chapel of St Nicholas, King's Lynn existing in the year 1937.
[King's Lynn, Oswell, 1937]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the King's Lynn area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Lynn Marshland, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret, with daughter churches dedicated to St Nicholas and St John the Evangelist.
  • Nearby Churches of all denominations.

Church History

Church of St Margaret
Description, history, services, minister, pictures, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Description, history and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Services, etc.
Church of St Margaret
Pictures.
Great Britain: Statute
King's Lynn St Margaret's Rebuilding Act, 1744.
An act to enable the parishioners of the parish of Saint Margaret, within the borough of King's Lynn, in the county of Norfolk, to raise money, by rates upon themselves, for finishing the church of the said parish.
[London, Thomas Baskett, 1744]
 
Chapel of St Nicholas
Description and pictures.
Chapel of St Nicholas
Description, history and pictures.
 
The Fen and Marshland Churches
This includes King's Lynn St Margaret and St Nicholas.
See Walsoken.
 
Red Mount, or Our Lady's Chapel
Description and pictures.
Chapel of St James
Description and picture.
Church of St John the Evangelist
Description and pictures.
Church of St John the Evangelist
Description, services, etc.
 
Catholic Church of the Annunciation (formerly St Mary)
Description and pictures.
 
London Road Methodist Church
Description and picture.
London Road Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Highgate Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.
Bell, Rev. George
Primitive Methodism in King's Lynn Circuit 1821-1904: a historical sketch.
[King's Lynn, Foster and Bird, Ltd., 1904]
 
Baptist Church
Services, etc.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Marriages at the Church of St Margaret.
Ministers of the Church of St Margaret
16th-20th centuries.
Week-Day Prayers
Statement by Thomas Pyle.
Beloe, Edward Milligen
Extracts from the Chapel Warden's accounts (St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn) from the year 1616 to the date of the restoration of His Most Sacred Majesty King Charles the Second.
[King's Lynn, 1926]
 
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880 for the Catholic Church of St Mary
 
Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880 for the Wesleyan Church
 
Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), King's Lynn was in King's Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Court Records

Beloe, Edward Milligen
The Guildhall Court of King's Lynn.
[King's Lynn, 1923]

Description and Travel

King's Lynn Online
History, events, pictures, businesses, etc.
King's Lynn
Description, history and pictures.
Picture Tour of King's Lynn
Description and pictures.
 
Anckorn, Gordon
A West Norfolk camera: King's Lynn, Wells and Wisbech in old photographs.
[ISBN 0906798086, Ashgrove Press, 1981]
Anderson, George Howard
The inns and taverns of Lynn: their signs and stories.
[King's Lynn, reprinted from The Lynn Advertiser, 1933]
Anderson, George Howard
The Town Hall of King's Lynn and its treasures.
[King's Lynn, The West Norfolk and King's Lynn Newspaper Co. Ltd., 1934]
Anderson, George Howard
The streets and waterways of Lynn.
[King's Lynn, reprinted from The Lynn Advertiser, 1916]
Booth, Bob
King's Lynn in the 1930s.
[ISBN 095542660X, King's Lynn, Tricky Sam Publishing, 2006]
Booth, Bob
Looking back at Lynn: a scrapbook of the 50s and 60s.
[ISBN 0955426618, King's Lynn, Tricky Sam Publishing, 2007]
Booth, Bob
Another look back at Lynn: 1945 to 1970.
[ISBN 0955426626, King's Lynn, Tricky Sam Publishing, 2008]
Booth, Bob
Memories of Lynn: 1950 to 1975.
[ISBN 0955426636, King's Lynn, Tricky Sam Publishing, 2008]
Lingwood, Lemmon
Jarrold's Guide to Hunstanton.
The illustrated handbook to Hunstanton and neighbourhood, including Sandringham, Castle Rising, King's Lynn, Heacham, West Newton, and Snettisham.
[Norwich, Jarrold, 1900s]
Taylor, William
The pictorial guide to King's Lynn, Norfolk.
[King's Lynn, 1848]
Winton, Michael John
King's Lynn as it was, 1865-1918, with illustrations.
[ISBN 0902907182, Nelson, Hendon Publishing Co. Ltd, 1972]
 
Hornsey, Brian
Ninety years of cinema in Kings Lynn.
[ISBN 1873969260, Stamford, Fuchsiaprint, 1993]
King's Lynn Boal Steam Mill
Description and pictures.
King's Lynn Kettle Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.
King's Lynn Kettle Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
King's Lynn Millfleet Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.
King's Lynn Oyle (Oil) Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.
King's Lynn Town Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of King's Lynn which are provided by:

Genealogy

King's Lynn Family History
NRO Leaflet 37: Sources for tracing ancestors in King's Lynn.

Historical Geography

King's Lynn is in Freebridge Lynn hundred.

You can see the administrative areas in which King's Lynn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from King's Lynn to another place.

History

History of Medieval Lynn
Buildings, government, economy, etc.
History of King's Lynn
History.
History of King's Lynn
History and pictures.
 
Armes, William
The port of King's Lynn, its position and prospects.
[King's Lynn, Thew and Jon, 1853]
Barney, John M.
The merchants and maritime trade of King's Lynn in the eighteenth century.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Thesis, 1997]
Battley, Susan Majors
Elite and Community: the mayors of sixteenth-century King's Lynn.
[1981]
Beloe, Edward Milligen
Freebridge Marshland Hundred and the making of Lynn.
[Norwich, Goose, 1896]
Beloe, Edward Milligen
Our borough: our churches: (King's Lynn, Norfolk): with an afterwork, The art of the Renaissance in King's Lynn.
[Cambridge, Macmillan and Bowes, 1899]
Day, James Wentworth
Kings Lynn and Sandringham through the ages.
[Ipswich, East Anglian Magazine Ltd, 1977]
Edwards, Edward
Ancient Lynn: drawings.
[King's Lynn, R.H. Auker, 1840s?]
Gaymer, T.
King's Lynn: the evolution of a port and its building types, prior to the Industrial Revolution.
[Newcastle, Newcastle School of Architecture Thesis, 1978]
Glover, E.C.
King's Lynn 1400-1600: developments in civil government.
[ISBN 0900592583, London, University of London Thesis, 1970]
Higgins, David
The Antiquities of King's Lynn, from the sketchbooks of the Rev. Edward Edwards.
[ISBN 0954068408, King's Lynn, Phoenix Publications, 2001]
Higgins, David
The early nineteenth century reshaping of King's Lynn.
[In the "Bulletin of the Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group", no.5, 1996]
Higgins, David
The Remaking of King's Lynn: Brown Brick and Rounded Corners: building improvements and expansion 1830-1872.
[ISBN 9780954068424, King's Lynn, Phoenix Publications, 2008]
Hillen, Henry J.
History of the Borough of King's Lynn.
volume 1 and volume 2.
[Norwich, East of England Newspaper Co., 1907]
[ISBN 0715813056 0715813064 0715813072, Wakefield, EP Publishing, Facsimile reprint of 1st edition, 1978]
Mackerell, Benjamin
The history and antiquities of the flourishing corporation of King's Lynn in the county of Norfolk.
[London, Birt, 1738] [Printed by E. Cave, and sold by S. Birt and D. Samuel, Lynn, and W. Chase and J. Carlos, Norwich, 1738]
Metters, George Alan
The Rulers and merchants of King's Lynn in the early seventeenth century.
[Norwich, University of East Anglia Thesis, 1982]
Owen, Dorothy M. (ed)
The Making of King's Lynn: a documentary survey (c1090-c1400).
[ISBN 0197260276, Published for the British Academy by the Oxford University Press, Records of social and economic history, New series, 9, 1984]
Parker, Vanessa
The making of Kings Lynn: secular buildings from the 11th to the 17th century.
[ISBN 0900592583, Phillimore, 1971]
Parkin, Charles
The topography of Freebridge Hundred and Half in the county of Norfolk: containing the history and antiquities of the borough of King's Lynn.
[King's Lynn, W. Whittingham, 1762]
Perrott, Vera
Life and leisure in Victoria's Lynn.
[ISBN 0952597217, Seaford, Vista Books, 1995]
Perrott, Vera
Victoria's Lynn: Boom and Prosperity.
[ISBN 0952597209, Seaford, Vista, 1995]
Richards, Paul
King's Lynn.
[Chichester, Phillimore, 1990]
Richards, William
The History of Lynn: civil, ecclesiastical, political, commercial, biographical, municipal, and military, from the earliest accounts to the present time (1812).
volume 1 and volume 2.
[Lynn, W.G. Whittingham, 1812]
Rodliffe, Rosemary and Stan
Glimpses of Fiddaman's Lynn.
Life in Lynn during the latter half of the 19th century, seen through the eyes of James Fiddaman as he rises from humble origins at Fakenham to become the wealthy host of Fiddaman's hotel in Norfolk street.
Extracts and notes, including a list of surnames.
[ISBN 0953935604, 2000]
Taylor, William
The antiquities of King's Lynn, Norfolk.
[Lynn, J.Thew, 1844]
Tuck, James
Let's look at Lynn.
[ISBN 0951419005, 1988]
Winton, Michael John
Vintage King's Lynn (c1870-1945).
[ISBN 0860670082, Nelson, Hendon Publishing Co., 1976]
Yaxley, Susan
The Siege of King's Lynn, 1643 (Civil War).
[ISBN 094840020X, Dereham, Larks Press, 1993]

Medical Records

Lewin, John
A history of the West Norfolk and King's Lynn hospital.
[1978]

Military Records

Roll of Honour
World Wars 1 and 2.
Dixon, C.J.
This Saddening List: The War Memorial (World War 1), King Edward VII School, King's Lynn.
[ISBN 0955470412, Hill View Consultants, 2006]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

Newspapers

See Norfolk Newspapers. For example: the Lynn Advertiser and the West Norfolk Herald.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

After 1834 King's Lynn St Margaret became part of the King's Lynn Union, and the workhouse was in this parish.

King's Lynn Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
King's Lynn Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
King's Lynn Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.
King's Lynn Workhouse, at the Chapel of St James
Description, history and pictures.
This is a link to an archived copy.

Schools

King Edward VII Academy
 
King Edward VII Academy
History of the school.
Avis, Anthony
A reminiscence of King Edward VII Grammar School, King's Lynn, 1938-1945.
[Ilkley?, 1991]
Avis, Anthony
Supplement to "A reminiscence of King Edward VII Grammar School, King's Lynn".
[Ilkley?, 1993]
Dixon, C.J.
This Saddening List: The War Memorial (World War 1), King Edward VII School, King's Lynn.
[ISBN 0955470412, Hill View Consultants, 2006]
Walker, Michael
Diary of a Grammar School.
[ISBN 0956569707, King's Lynn, K.E.S. Publications, 2010]
Walker, Michael (compiler)
K.E.S Tales - An Anthology of Reminiscences.
[King's Lynn, K.E.S. Publications, 2006]
Walker, Michael
King Edward VII School: A Centenary Celebration.
[ISBN 185776983X, Book Guild Publishing, 2005]

Societies

Glasier, J.S.B.
(Freemasons) History of Philanthropic Lodge, King's Lynn, no. 107.
[King's Lynn, George Oswell, 1911]

Town Records

(No author)
A Calendar of the freemen of Lynn 1292-1836.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, 1913]
Harrod, Henry
Report on the deeds and records of the Borough of King's Lynn.
[King's Lynn, Thew and Son, 1874]