This weeks vlog is all about where we are based, King's Lynn in Norfolk. So with that in mind, I thought I'd list 5 facts and interesting stories about the town we're from:
1. King's Lynn was once the most important port in England; it was part of the Hanseatic League of ports. You can still visit two former Hanseatic League warehouses today in Lynn (Hanse House and Marriott's warehouse) which are the only remaining buildings from the Hanseatic League in England ⛴️
2. In 1590, the alleged witch Margaret Read, was burned at the stake in the Tuesday market place; so the tale goes, her heart burst from her chest and flew across the market place collided with a building. It fell to the ground and beat a path to the River Ouse, slipping into the river causing it to bubble and roil as it sank into its depths. To this day you can still see the mark where Margaret's heart hit the building in the Tuesday marketplace, situated above some windows with a diamond carved around it 🧙♀️❤️
3. King's Lynn was one of the first towns to suffer aerial bombing. On the 19th January 1915 the town was bombed by a naval zeppelin that dropped 11 bombs over the town.
4. Among others, Martin Brundle (Formula One driver and now commentator), George Vancouver (naval officer and explorer), Roger Taylor (musician and drummer of Queen), Margery Kempe (visionary and first autobiographer in the English language) and most recently George Russell (Formula One driver) were all born in King's Lynn. And the band Deaf Havana was formed here too 🏎️🌍🥁🖋️🎶
5. The town is home to many historic buildings (All Saints' Church, the Custom House, Greyfriars Tower, Trinity Guildhall and Red Mount to name but a few) , but my personal favourite is the Exorcist's House. The current house was built on the site in 1635 replacing a previous dwelling. It's said that the house is haunted by a man and that black magic was once practised here 👻
Not to sound cliched but you never really appreciate where you're from; it's only until you do some digging and view it from an outsiders perspective do you truly see the place for what it is, which is usually rather marvellous!
Why don't you make use of the long weekend and do some exploring of your home town; I bet you'd be surprised with what you find! 🗺️