King’s Lynn in North Norfolk is one of the principle settlements on The Wash. It offers maritime history, historic churches, and some interesting museums. We have visited on several occasions, and each time we find something new to check out.
The main place of worship in this once important Medieval town is the Minster. Lynn Minster was established as The Minster and Priory Church of St Margaret, St Mary Magdalene and all the Virgin Saints, in 1101. It was originally a Benedictine house and its construction was authorised by Herbert de Losinga, the first Bishop of Norwich. It remained a monastic house until the dissolution of the monasteries. It then became the parish church of St Margaret’s.
The present church is a wonderful collection of 12th, 13th and 18th Century features with Victorian touches. The central nave is later than the chancel or entry as it was rebuilt after the spire collapsed in a 18th Century storm. It has is really beautiful screen and the altar area is very nice as a whole.
We found the priest welcoming, very informative and the entire visit was inspirational.
The Lynn Museum is small, but it does serve as the home to Sea Henge. The Henge was constructed of oak timbers in the early Bronze age for ritual purposes. The original was constructed fifty-five small split oak trunks forming a near-circular ring (7 by 6 metres). The museum has the original timbers of this ancient monument as well as a modern material mock up. There are scale models of the life of the builders, and loads of interpretive data on hand, as well.
The museum has the original timbers of this ancient monument as well as a modern material mock up. There are scale models of the life of the builders, and loads of interpretive data on hand.
The collection also has collections documenting Lynn’s development from its monastic origins, to its importance as a medieval port, to its modern position today. I did particularly like the miniature carousel.
The museum is fronted by the King’s Lynn bus station, so easy to access by public transport, though parking (nearby) is a little more difficult.
Our main meal in the town was at the Market Bistro. We had heard good things about it in the past, so gave it a try. It was wonderful experience!
We arrived just as they were opening the doors, but we were given a warm welcome and given a choice of seats. The decoration is casual with some features that are “shabby chic” and others showing off the venue’s 17th Century charms. The walls are a deep gray, but the paintings and other features keep it from having a dull feel. The overall impression is pleasantly cordial.
The service was very attentive and professional, and the carafe of iced water and serving of sourdough bread on arrival was an excellent touch.
The menu was posted on A4 clipboards, and specials on the chalkboard. We ordered the bistro burger, a fish pie and a side of hand cut chips. In addition, I enjoyed some really superior olives while we waited for the mains.
The main courses came in a timely manner, and were really wonderful. Her burger was well presented, well cooked, and juicy. The side of chips were some of the best that I have tasted, especially served, as they were, with homemade mayonnaise. The wholegrain mustard mash topping the fish pie was excellent as well, and the salmon was some of the best I have ever tasted. The meals were full of flavour, really good in portion size, and satisfying to the extreme.
It was a pleasure to eat there.