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North-east view of the Tuesday market place of Lynn Regis

North-east view of the Tuesday market place of Lynn Regis

Engraver: Polland, R

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1797

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXI

Item number: 29-c

Genre: Topographical Print

The market place in King's Lynn is one of the most impressive open markets in England. This picture shows the grand Market Cross, a domed octagonal-shaped building, built between 1707 and 1710 and now demolished. Other historic buildings in the scene include the Duke's Head hotel, built 1683-9; the Mayden's Head hotel, which dates from the 16th century; and the 18th-century Globe hotel. Daniel Defoe thought Lynn a "rich and populous thriving port-town", noticing that "there is in the market place of this town, a very fine statue of King William on horseback, erected at the charge of the town."

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