Tuesday, 2 March 2010


Yesterday, Malcolm and I took a trip to King's Lynn in Norfolk, to visit my mum. As mum had an appointment with the chiropractor, we took her there and went on to have a short walk along the banks of the river Great Ouse and take a look at the old fisher fleet and docks.
The river Great Ouse, is the fourth longest river in the UK at about 143 miles in length. It rises in Northamptonshire and passes through such places as Brackley, Buckingham, Milton Keynes at Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Olney and Kempston before continuing through Bedford, St Neots, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, and St Ives.
It has been re-routed, straightened and 'improved' many times over the years but still flows out into the Wash at King's Lynn.
The town of King's Lynn was the third most important port in England by the 14th century and was a great player in the Hanseatic League - a 13th - 17th century trade-based league of cities of the Baltic states, Northern Europe and other states bordering the North Sea.
The Port itself, has long since declined and is now used for the importation of wood from Scandinavia and the dock-side silo complex that facilitates efficient processing of grain.
The large grain silo on the shores of the Bentinck Dock is the tallest building in Lynn and can be seen from miles away as you approach the town.
More of Lynn to follow.
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