King’s Lynn… is this where the Elsdens first set foot in England?

King’s Lynn is a market town on the mouth of the River Ouse in Norfolk, and, according to family legend it is where the Elsdens first arrived from Sweden as river pilots – or pirates, probably in the 12th or 13th century. At about that time it was a bustling and busy port, and by the 14th century was the third  most important  in England. The trade with Europe and particularly the Hanseatic League and the Baltic states continued through the Middle Ages

Trade and commerce have died away now,  but King’s Lynn is an attractive and interesting place to visit; there is an excellent small museum with an exhibition about Seahenge.

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  1. Carl D'Agostino

    If I am ever able to visit England I would want to see the town of Scrooby, I think that spelling. I understand it was the base parish for Pilgrims some of whom went to Holland. Do you know of this ?


    1. Lois

      I didn’t think I knew of Scrooby but when I looked it up it did ring a bell. We used pass it when we travelled from where we lived in the north of England to visit relatives in the east. I don’t know much about it… but I’ve found a very interesting web-site so now I’m going to find out. It is in a very lovely part of the country.


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