Michael Caine, Princess Diana and Stephen Fry: Famous faces linked to King’s Lynn
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From royalty to Hollywood stars, King's Lynn has seen a number of famous faces over the years. Take a look at some of the big names that have walked our very streets.
The great explorer and Royal Navy officer was born in King's Lynn in 1757. He was one of the first explorers to discover and map the northern west coast of the American continent, now present-day Canada. Vancouver Island and Vancouver city are named after him.
Sometimes referred to as 'England's worst monarch', King John granted the town a royal charter in 1204. Legend has it that King John passed through King's Lynn towards Lincoln in 1216 and lost his crown jewels in The Wash. A life-size, bronze statue of King John was erected on New Conduit Street in 2016.
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Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen has made numerous visits to King's Lynn during her 65-year reign. The 90-year-old monarch stays in Sandringham with the Duke of Edinburgh during the Christmas period and catches the train from King's Lynn station to return to London.
- 1 Escape to the Country names 'north Norfolk's seaside capital'
- 2 Pretty thatched cafe business on Broads for sale for £75,000
- 3 Anger as woodland used as 'playground and dustbin'
- 4 The areas where Covid rates have fallen the fastest since lockdown began
- 5 Giant Victorian underground reservoir marks supplying city for 150 years
- 6 Report into woman's murder by jealous ex: 'Employers must do more'
- 7 'We're all shocked' - Butchers shop attacked by vandals
- 8 'Small number' of staff at town's Tesco test positive for Covid-19
- 9 Shock as cannabis factory found in quiet Broads' village
- 10 Homes plan to be revealed for former infant school
The inventor of fairground carousels was born in Hevingham and moved to King's Lynn in 1848 where he set up St. Nicholas Ironworks. He pioneered the gallopers merry-go-round and showmen engines still in use on most fairgrounds.
Sir Michael Caine
The 84-year-old Oscar-winning actor lived in North Runcton as a child evacuee during the Second World War. He attended what was then known as King Edward VII Grammar School in Gaywood - not a lot of people know that.
The drummer of Freddie Mercury's Queen was born in King's Lynn in 1949, where he briefly attended Gaywood Primary School before he and his family moved to Cornwall.
The Princess of Wales was born in Park House on the Sandringham Estate in 1961. Diana attended Silfield Private School on Gayton Road in Gaywood, which closed down in 2005.
The award-winning comedian and actor grew up in Booton near Reepham and attended the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn. He has strong ties to Norfolk, where he married comedian Elliot Spencer in Dereham and owns a country house near King's Lynn.
The Hollywood star - descended from nobility - was born in King's Lynn in 1982. He starred in HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Richard Harrow and had a supporting role in Oscar-nominated film American Hustle.
The former Formula One driver and current Sky Sports commentator was born in King's Lynn in 1959. He began his racing career at just 12-years-old, competing in grass track racing in Pott Row.
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