Historian’s new book offers a chance to discover King’s Lynn’s hidden gems

Dr Paul Richards has written a new book called the King's Lynn History Tour. Picture: Ian Burt

Dr Paul Richards has written a new book called the King's Lynn History Tour. Picture: Ian Burt

A Norfolk historian has devised four new walks around the Victorian part of King's Lynn to encourage residents to find out more about their town.

Dr Paul Richards' latest book, King's Lynn History Tour, takes people off the beaten track, and away from the town's medieval historic core, to explore the Victorian railway station, the shopping streets and parks, and the riverside quarter.

It is based on his previous book, King's Lynn Through Time, published in 2014, but the text has been updated, and there are four new walks for people to enjoy.

He said: 'As a guide I'm used to taking people on historic walks around my home town – but these generally tend to be in Lynn's medieval part.

'These new walks are more off the beaten track, but no less interesting for that.


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'Lynn is in the premier league of England's historic towns and much of special interest can be found in its exceptional riverside quarter and beyond.

'A walking tour is the best way to discover the history and character of this ancient Wash port. How much has it changed through time and particularly over the last 100 years or so?'

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The route for walkers identified in the book is a long and circular journey starting and finishing at the town's medieval South Gate.

Dr Richards admitted it may be too long for residents or tourists in one outing, so he has created four one-hour walks.

He added: 'One of the walks is from the South Gate to the South Quay on the eastern bank of the Great Ouse. Another is from the South Quay to the Tuesday Market Place and includes a ferry trip across the river to view Lynn from the west.

'The other two are from the Tuesday Market Place through the old North End fishing quarter and the busy streets, both ancient and modern, to the Victorian railway station.

'And the fourth is from the station to follow the path through the town's impressive central park to London Road and to complete the circuit at the South Gate.

'Rests or stops at significant historic buildings or locations may enhance what should be an enjoyable recreational and learning experience through time.'

In its advance information sheet, Amberley Publishing says: 'Those familiar with Norwich History Tour, published in 2014, will find a similar format in this new little volume. King's Lynn History Tour.

The author guides the reader through its historical streets and shows how Lynn's famous landmarks and hidden-away gems have transformed over time. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited on this tour to discover for themselves the changing face of King's Lynn.'

Kings Lynn History Tour, priced £6.99, will be available at all good stockists from July 16.

Do you have a local history story? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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