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Aerial photos illustrates King’s Lynn’s rich history

PUBLISHED: 12:57 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:21 21 February 2018

Aerial view of King's Lynn Minister. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of King's Lynn Minister. Picture: John Fielding

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Aerial images taken from a light aircraft give a bird’s eye view of some of King’s Lynn’s best-known landmarks.

Aerial view of King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

The familiar site of a colourful fun fair can be seen in the Tuesday Market Place, where the Mart has pitched up for more than 800 years.

The 15th century Red Mount Chapel stands serenely in The Walks surrounded by acres of unspoiled greenery, making it the perfect place for a relaxing stroll.

Aerial view of a fishing boat in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of a fishing boat in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

An image of the iconic South Gate in London Road, which acts as the gateway to the town, reveals the imposing magnitude of the building which once functioned as both a fortification and a collection point for tolls and duties.

The Lynn Minster, Tower Gardens and Purfleet Quay are only a few things which points to the town’s rich history.

Aerial view of Greyfriars Tower and Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of Greyfriars Tower and Tower Gardens in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

In a sweeping shot of King’s Lynn, views of the bustling town centre is juxtaposed by the calm backdrop of the Wash, a nod to the town’s rich history as a seaport town in centuries past.

The photos were taken by John Fielding, of Upton Road, Norwich, whose love of James Bond as a young boy prompted him to take up photography as a hobby.

Aerial view of The Mart funfair in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of The Mart funfair in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

“Seeing Bond flying in You Only Live Twice as a little boy in the 1960s was a big factor in influencing me to dream about flying myself,” Mr Fielding said.

“In 2011, I was on an organised trip to Reymerston Hall in Norfolk to meet Wing Commander Ken Wallis, the man who flew Little Nellie in the Bond film.

Aerial view of St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

“I had the chance to shake his hand and thank him for inspiring me to take up an interest that’s given a lifetime of pleasure.”

Since retiring from work after selling Langleys Toy Shop in 2015, Mr Fielding said he has found the time to take to the air and take thousands of aerial images.

Aerial view of the town hall in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of the town hall in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

To view his work, visit: www.flickr.com/photos/john_fielding

Aerial view of Red Mount Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of Red Mount Chapel in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of the Walks football ground in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of the Walks football ground in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of The Mart funfair in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of The Mart funfair in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of the South Gate in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of the South Gate in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of King's Lynn Minister. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of King's Lynn Minister. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of Alexandra and Bentinck Docks in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of Alexandra and Bentinck Docks in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of Customs House and Purfleet Quay in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of Customs House and Purfleet Quay in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of the bus station in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of the bus station in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

Aerial view of Customs House and Purfleet Quay in King's Lynn. Picture: John FieldingAerial view of Customs House and Purfleet Quay in King's Lynn. Picture: John Fielding

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