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King's Lynn

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King's Lynn, known until 1537 as Bishop's Lynn, is a seaport and market town in Norfolk, England, about 98mi north of London, 36mi north-east of Peterborough, 44mi north north-east of Cambridge and 44mi west of Norwich. The population of the town is 42,800.The town has two theatres (Westacre and Corn Exchange), two museums (Lynn Museum and True's Yard) and several other cultural and sporting venues. There are three secondary schools and one college. The service sector, information and communication technologies and creative industries, provide employment for the population of King's Lynn and the surrounding area.HistoryList of eventsToponymyThe etymology of King's Lynn is uncertain. The name Lynn is said to be derived from the body of water near the town: the Celtic word llyn, means a lake; but the name is plausibly of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the word lean, implying a tenure in fee or farm. As the Domesday Book mentions many saltings at Lena (Lynn), an area of partitioned pools or small lakes may have existed there at that time (1085). The salt may even have contributed to Herbert de Losinga's interest in the modest parish.For a time it was named Len Episcopi (Bishop's Lynn) while under the jurisdiction, both temporal and spiritual, of the Bishop of Norwich; but during the reign of Henry VIII it was surrendered to the crown, and it then assumed the name of Lenne Regis, or King's Lynn.
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