During the English Civil Wars, the Norfolk port of King’s Lynn was fortified, besieged, and then re-fortified.
370 years on, the town is home to King’s Lynn under Siege (KLUS), an archaeological and historical project investigating the experiences of King’s Lynn and its citizens during this turbulent period of British History, and in so doing, establishing King’s Lynn as a centre for English Civil War research.
As part of the activities for this year’s King’s Lynn Heritage Open Day, the two co-founders of KLUS will be presenting ‘The Strongest Fortress in East Anglia: revolution and civil war in Kings Lynn, 1640-1660’, an illustrated talk which looks at King’s Lynn during the English Civil Wars.
Archaeologist and historian Dr. Neil Faulkner will consider King’s Lynn during the Civil War period, and how it featured in a wider, national context; whilst David Flintham, a specialist in 17th century fortress warfare will focus on the town’s fortifications and how the latest European techniques transformed King’s Lynn into the strongest fortress in East Anglia.
The talk will take place at 1730 on Saturday, 15 September at Marriott’s Warehouse, a Grade II listed building on King’s Lynn’s historic South Quay.This talk is free, although donations to the Marriott’s Warehouse Trust are welcomed.