West Lynn


"LYNN (WEST) is a considerable village, on the west side of the Great Ouse river, opposite the town and port of King's Lynn, with which it communicates by a ferry for foot passengers; but carriages have to go round by the bridges, a distance of nearly 3 miles. It is sometimes called Old Lynn, from a conjecture that it is more ancient than King's Lynn. Its parish contains 477 inhabitants, and about 1,200 acres of land, exclusive of 300 acres of the old bed of the river, which has recently been warped and cultivated. . . . The CHURCH, dedicated to St. Peter, has a square tower with three bells, and was erected after the destruction of the old one, which was washed down by an inundation in 1271. . . . The living is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £9, and in 1831 at £388. . . . The Rev. C.H. Townshend is patron, and the Rev. Jeremiah Bowen, B.A., of King's Lynn, incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


West Lynn is on the west side of the river at King's Lynn.
See also King's Lynn, North Lynn and South Lynn.


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 Peter.

Church History

Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.
Snelling, Janet Hammond; and Dobson, Rev K. Shuard
A short history and description of the church and parish of West Lynn, St Peter's.
[Ramsgate, Church Publishers, 1965]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Extracts from the parish registers
Ferry accident in 1811.

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), West Lynn was in King's Lynn Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

West Lynn is in Freebridge Marshland hundred.

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF612202 (Lat/Lon: 52.75536, 0.386492), West Lynn which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year  Inhabited
1801  2754  242
1811  6174  345
1821  8083  367
1831  9092  396
1841101--  477
Year  Inhabited

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1801 Census
The population tables for 1851 [sic] say that 242 was the combined population of North Lynn and West Lynn.
1811 Census
The population tables for 1851 [sic] say that 345 was the combined population of North Lynn and West Lynn.
1821 Census
"A temporary increase of Population at West Lynn and at Wiggenhall, St. Germans, is ascribed to the Eau-Brink Drainage operations."
1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parish of West Lynn St. Peter is partly owing to the fact that labourers were temporarily employed in 1851 on the Norfolk Estuary works."