After the cricket, we drove from Birmingham to Kings Lynn, and spent three nights at the Kings Lynn Caravan & Camping Park. This is a good base for exploring the area, which we did on bikes, though some of the roads were particularly busy.
Kings Lynn seemed a bit like northern Spain, in that some places were not open when you thought they might be. There’s also a shortage of bars with places to sit outside in the town, though we found Bradley’s, on the front.
Kings Lynn has a long history, and one or two small bits of the medieval walls are still in place. George Vancouver was born in Kings Lynn.
Below is a picture of the Custom House, on Purfleet Quay, which was built in 1685.
The building was described by architect Nikolaus Pevsner as “one of the most perfect buildings ever built”.
The next picture is of a deserted church, about three miles outside the town. The village that used to be situated around the church was cleared by the landowner to make space for sheep, several hundred years ago.
We cycled to Castle Rising, where there happened to be a re-enactment taking place.
The re-enactment involved about 40 soldiers dressed as they would have been in 1815, French, English and Prussians. Although they had a cannon, the French lost the battle.