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King's Lynn,

town (1991 pop. 37,323), Norfolk, E England, on the Great Ouse River near its influx into The Wash, an inlet of the North Sea. Its large harbor serves foreign as well as coastal trade and is the base for a fishing fleet. A farm market, King's Lynn is a center for fertilizer production, canning, flour milling, beet-sugar refining, shipbuilding, metalworking, and light engineering. The town dates from Saxon times. Red Mount Chapel was visited by pilgrims in the 15th and 16th cent. Noteworthy are the many ancient buildings, in addition to the fairs that are still held there. A Norman church also remains, as do relics of a moat that surrounded the town in the 15th cent. King's Lynn was the birthplace of the novelist Fanny BurneyBurney, Fanny,
later Madame D'Arblay
, 1752–1840, English novelist, daughter of Charles Burney, the composer, organist, and music scholar. Although she received no formal education, she read prodigiously and had the benefit of conversation with her father's
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 and the mystic Margery KempeKempe, Margery
, d. 1438 or afterward, English religious writer, b. King's Lynn. She was the wife of a prominent citizen and the mother of 14 children. Her autobiography, The Book of Margery Kempe (complete ed. 1940; ed.
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If we accept Marshall's dating of the play, then we can predict that the original audience of St Edmund Guild members, in either Cambridge or Bishop's Lynn, would have reacted (probably with amusement) to hearing the names of associates, friends, or enemies mentioned when Titivillius tells his three henchmen to go and rob or otherwise stir up trouble among them:
23) Smart further considered the order in which the worldlings describe their passage, with New-Guise travelling a relatively short distance around Cambridge, but the other two worldlings jumping back and forth between the two counties, and concluded that the imbalance stemmed from a familiarity with Cambridgeshire over Norfolk, therefore indicating a Cambridge rather than a Bishop's Lynn affiliation for the author.
The identity of 'Hamonde of Swoffham' proved difficult for Smart to confirm with any certainty; he noted that the location could be applied either to Swaffham in Norfolk, fourteen miles from Bishop's Lynn, or to Swaffham in Cambridge, commonly referred to as Swaffham Bulbeck.