The town now known as King's Lynn was, in medieval times, rather Bishop's Lynn. Population fell from 20,000 to 17,000 in the period of 1851-1871 and economic recovery followed through the building of docks linked to the new national railway network, which sparked the town’s first industrial revolution. This includes twelve Russian cities, most notably Novgorod, which was a major Russian trade partner of the Hansa in the Middle Ages. Lübeck invited Danzig to take charge of the property, the complex now known as Hanse House. In 1537 Bishop’s Lynn became King’s Lynn when the charter of Henry VIII finally dispossessed the Norwich bishops and transferred full political power to the town’s merchants. This league is open to all former Hanseatic League members and cities that share a Hanseatic Heritage. The original mediaeval Hanseatic League, which comprised a group of towns around the Baltic and the North Sea, was an extremely influential trading association and was very much a part of King’s Lynn’s development and historic past. Unfortunately, Margery’s son died in Lynn and she escorted her daughter-in-law back to Danzig. Its connection with the Hanseatic League of the Middle Ages was highlighted in 2004 with the visit of the Kieler Hansekogge; then in 2005 the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk became a member of the New Hanseatic League – England’s first representative. It was joined by Hull in 2012 and Boston in 2016. The town now known as King's Lynn was, in medieval times, rather Bishop's Lynn. What was displaced was the model set by the Hanseatic League. Between the 1560’s and 1751 the Hanseatic League leased the building to King’s Lynn merchants and during this time there would have been significant alterations and extensions to the warehouses. 1964. http://ieg-ego.eu/en/threads/european-networks/economic-networks/margrit-schulte-beerbuehl-networks-of-the-hanseatic-league, List of Hanse towns: They travelled to these Wash ports for wool in the 13th century, visiting their annual summer fairs, as did the Lübeckers in 1271. New Hanseatic League. Their Priory Church of St Margaret was, nevertheless, only to be built and rebuilt through the wealth of Lynn’s mercantile community, though the Norwich bishops were determined to retain their grip on the town. Among them are: ‘HB’ – Hansestadt Bremen; ‘HH’ – Hansestadt Hamburg; and ‘HL’ – Hansestadt Lübeck. The Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1474 after the Anglo-Hanseatic War between England and the Hanseatic League.. The Merchants' Houses and Warehouses of King's Lynn. King’s Lynn & Its Connection with the Hanseatic League. Professor Friedland has also referred to Lynn and Boston as destinations for Hanseatic merchants trying to establish themselves in the West. In 1408 he received a letter from Lynn men in Danzig setting out their ordinances recently drawn up for “their company” there. King’s Lynn and the German Hanseatic League. In 2006 King's Lynn became the first English member of the newly formed modern Hanseatic League. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. When Lynn received its first royal charter of borough freedom in 1204, giving its merchants a degree of self-government, it was already the third or fourth port of the Kingdom. Background information: The Making of King's Lynn in Records of Social and Economic History. Together with Wismar, the … The Hanseatic League in London 3 Replies What was founded in the twelfth century and had become known by the thirteenth as the Hanseatic League was essentially an alliance of mercantile guilds in maritime cities bordering the North Sea and Baltic, extending from Edinburgh in Scotland in the west to Novgorod in Russia in the east. In the Middle Ages, sea trade with Europe was led by the Hanseatic League of ports which played a large role in the development of Kings Lynn. Thread starter Biskit; Start date Sep 8, 2019; Biskit Cat whisperer. When Lynn received its first Royal Charter of borough freedom in 1204, giving its merchants a degree of self-government, it was already the third or fourth largest port in England. The Hanseatic League was a grouping of states on the southern Baltic coast that is now (east) Germany and Poland. The presence of salt, which was relatively rare and expensive in the early Medieval period, may have added to the interest of Herbert de Losingaand other prominent Norma… It insisted on a free gift of their former trading posts or steelyards at London and Boston and of a new one at Lynn. Lübec (in Germany) was the Hanseatic League’s leading city. Today visitors can enjoy a self guided trail of Hanseatic King’s Lynn. They had founded a second town and market in the 1140s on the Newland to the north of the first and assumed the lordship of both centres – of Bishop’s Lynn – in 1205. Previously named Bishop's Lynn, the town came to be known as King's Lynn in the 16th century. In 1722 the travel writer Daniel Defoe was impressed by the fact that the Wash haven enjoyed “the greatest extent” of inland navigation of any English port outside London and served six counties “wholly” and three “in part” with coal, wine and provisions. There was Bergen (in Norway), London (in England), Bruges (in Belgium) and Novgorod (in Russia). Supporter. The Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, was paid £15 #OnThisDay in 1646 for finding 9 witches in King's Lynn, Norfolk! Hanse House is the only surviving Hanseatic building in England. The League dominated commercial activity in northern Europe from the 13th to the 15th century. By the early 13th century Lynn had become a significant market town and seaport. Once the export of wool from England began to fall in the later 14th century, Hanseatic towns tended to link up with particular English ports. The success of the League is often attributed to keeping their transaction costs low. Lyran refugees arrived in Hansa space in the late twenty-ninth century as a direct result of Archon Elizabeth Steiner 's Military Disaster Order. Though its international trade with the Baltic and south-west France (wine imports were substantial) continued, it was relatively less important than before. Born in Hilo, Hawaii. Wool, skins, cloth and lead were commodities taken back to Danzig and other German harbours. Its connection with the Hanseatic League of the Middle Ages was highlighted in 2004 with the visit of the Kieler Hansekogge; then in 2005 the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk became a member of the New Hanseatic League – England’s first representative. The town still has two former Hanseatic League … It insisted on a free gift of their former trading posts or steelyards at London and Boston and of a new one at Lynn. Lynn was soon more heavily dependent on the Prussia trade through Danzig than any other English port. In 1537 Bishop’s Lynn became King’s Lynn when the charter of Henry VIII finally dispossessed the Norwich bishops and transferred full political power to the town’s merchants. Each year one of the member cities of the New Hansa hosts the Hanseatic Days of New Timeinternational festival. King’s Lynn was one of the English ports that were part of the German Hanseatic League and it is today the only town in England that has a building remaining from the days when the Hanse merchants were living in the town. The Hanseatic League (also known as the Hanse or Hansa) was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. King’s Lynn was known for centuries for the distinctive granaries and maltings on the riverside, and buildings were often extended and repaired. The town attracted traders from the Hanseatic League, a group of German cities whose ships travelled together in convoys for safety, especially against pirates. It retains two buildings that were warehouses of the Hanseatic League that were in use between the 15th and 17th centuries. Lynn was in turn a major corn exporter with granaries lining the river. The modern Hanseatic League is a mercantile alliance of 29 worlds. Kings Lynn was a Kontor, and the League acquired and developed the site in the late 1470s. Incorporating text from the ‘Medieval Hanseatic League’, by Dr. Paul Richards. Commercial relations between England and the Hanse deteriorated following the seizure of its Bay salt fleet (from south-west France to the Baltic) by English privateers in 1449. German merchants from the Baltic and Hamburg secured trading privileges at Lynn in 1271 and these were confirmed, after some local disputes, in 1310. Hanseatic League, organization founded by north German towns and German merchant communities abroad to protect their mutual trading interests. The Hanse is an active network of towns and cities across Europe, which historically belonged to the association of merchant towns known as the Hanseatic League. But the town failed to develop any manufacturing industries in the course of the 18th century and, despite the buoyancy of shipbuilding and brewing, its population was only 11000 in 1801. The seaport town of Lynn grew rapidly through the 1100s and 1200s by strengthening trading ties with other European merchant towns around the Baltic and North Sea. Though its international trade with the Baltic and south-west France (wine imports were substantial) continued, it was relatively less important than before. In 2012 the New Hanseatic league had 187 members. In 1980, former Hanseatic League members established a "new Hanse" in Zwolle. Learn more about the Hanseatic League in this article. The "new Hanse" fosters and develops business links, tourism and cultural exchange. This is today the only surviving Hanseatic business headquarters or steelyard in England. In 2009 the Borough Council organised the town’s first ever Hanse Festival, which subsequently became an annual Hansa Day celebration for the town. Don’t forget to visit King’s Lynn and take part in the yearly celebrations of the international Hanse connection every May, called the International Hanse Day. The modern Hanse works to encourage and increase contact between its member cities, promoting cross border co-operation and making a contribution to the economic, cultural and social life in Europe. It was here that German merchants had their offices and lodgings, shops and warehouses. Renaissance Hamburg was the greatest brewing center in the history of beer – 42% of the workforce was involved in brewing. Boston and Lynn attracted the German Hanse because their extensive hinterlands offered commercial opportunities and rewards. Despite the growth of suburbs and some redevelopment in the 1960s and 1970s, the Old Town of King’s Lynn remains of national significance for its architectural and historic interest. Lynn merchants sent cargoes to Prussia in Danzig ships and to Bergen in Lübeck bottoms, but none of them appear to have been resident in Norway or Hanseatic cities until the 1380s. This included being exempt from local taxes, on the basis that if the Hanse merchants did not have to pay landing dues at an English port (for example) then they did not charge English traders for landing good in Germany. The old industries of Lynn all but died out by the end of the 20th century. The Hanseatic towns united against England after a major international incident off Denmark in 1468 in which seven English ships were arrested and Lynn men were accused by the Danish King of heinous crimes in Iceland. New Series IX, British Academy. Peace was negotiated at Utrecht in 1473/74 after several years of sea warfare and the German delegation achieved most of its diplomatic aims. In 2006 King's Lynn became the first English member of the newly formed modern Hanseatic League. This is today the only surviving Hanseatic business headquarters or steelyard in England. Joined Nov 23, 2011 Messages 806 Location Sitting in the sun (between the rain storms) Sep 8, 2019 #1 This was a totally new one on me, a medieval trading network. [86] It was joined by Hull in 2012 and Boston in 2016. Publication: Dorothy Owen. The sun shone on King’s Lynn’s Hanse Festival on Sunday. King’s Lynn has a seat as Great Britain’s representative on the Hanse Commission, to sit alongside representatives from each of the other member countries.It is hoped that membership of the Hanse (which is free) will help with international networking, raising awareness of King’s Lynn across the member countries and increase overall recognition, both locally and further afield, of this important facet of King’s Lynn’s rich heritage. Wool, skins, cloth and lead were commodities taken back to Danzig and other German harbours. Then the coming of the railways in the 1840s robbed Lynn of its geographical advantages as river and coastal traffic gave way to the iron road. It could be said that the Hanseatic League was a forerunner to today’s Common Market. Ships like these were regular visitors to King’s Lynn during the 13 th to 15 th centuries when Lynn was one of the major ports in England and the Hanseatic League of Germany virtually ruled the North Sea and The Baltic. It retains two buildings that were warehouses of the Hanseatic League that were in use between the 15th and 17th centuries. Historians generally trace the origins of the League to the rebuilding of the North German town of Lübeck in 1159. Above: The replica ship ‘Lisa von Lübeck’ sailing past King’s Lynn, with the abbey church in the background. As their influence increased, the League took shape, and was officially founded in 2891. Lynn’s hinterland remained the key to its success. Even today, car number plates in Germany, which also carry a code for the town of origin of each vehicle, reflect the historic connections with Hanse towns. The son of Margery Kempe married a Prussian woman and both travelled to Lynn in 1431, leaving their child in Danzig. Above: A replica ship the ‘Lisa von Lübeck’ sailing on the River Great Ouse during one of the Hanseatic Days held at King’s Lynn. By the early 13th century … The right to maintain their own houses was a critical concession (other alien merchants had to lodge with burgesses). The Hanse is an active network of towns and cities across Europe, which historically belonged to the association of merchant towns known as the Hanseatic League. 1984. ( Log Out /  A number of Lynn merchants and their associates seem settled in several Baltic seaports by the early 15th century, particularly in Wismar, Stralsund and Danzig. ( Log Out /  Change ), http://ieg-ego.eu/en/threads/european-networks/economic-networks/margrit-schulte-beerbuehl-networks-of-the-hanseatic-league, http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/de_hansa.html. The port today is still busy exporting grain and importing timber. It is especially renowned for its Brick Gothic monuments, such as St. Nikolai and the city hall of Stralsund shown here. The League was created to protect economic interests and diplomatic privileges in the cities and countries and along the trade routes the merchants visited. The original mediaeval Hanseatic League, which comprised a group of towns around the Baltic and the North Sea, was an extremely influential trading association and was very much a part of King’s Lynn’s development and historic past. Retired state counselor at Waimano Homes. An Anglo-Hanseatic Sea War in the southern North … The Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1474 and the English King conveyed a quay and tenements in the Norfolk town to the Hanse. During the 14th century, the town became England’s most important port. By the 16th century the east coast trade in corn and coal, mainly involving London and Newcastle respectively, kept the commercial wheels of this Norfolk seaport turning. German towns certainly dominated the organisation which spread to England, Scandinavia and even as far north as the Russian port of Novgarod. King’s Lynn was Great Britain’s first member of Die Hanse (The Hanse). Then all Hanseatic towns united against England after a major incident off Denmark in 1468. Survived by stepson, Edgar; stepdaughters, Peggy Lynn, Ivalani Franks and Rona Medina; 17 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; hänai grandson, Kenn Arakawa; sisters, Rebecca Clair Kaleo-Chai and Rose "Loke" Kekuna-Kahiapo. The League was organised by areas, each with a ‘Kontore’ (Counting House). pp 335-6. As the 1085 Domesday Book mentions saltings at Lena (Lynn), an area of partitioned pools may have existed there at the time. Herring, timber, wax, iron and pitch were imported into England via Lynn in Hanseatic ships which sometimes carried grain from the Wash to Flanders. Lübeck invited Danzig to take charge of the property, the complex now known as Hanse House. Hanseatic warehouse, King's Lynn The last surviving Hanseatic building in England is a brick warehouse on the banks of the Great Ouse in King’s Lynn, on the Norfolk coast. The current President of the Hanseatic League of New Time is Bernd Saxe, Mayor of Lübeck. They were traders and seafarers so a good name to use. Hanseatic League. Each year one of the member cities of the New Hansa hosts the Hanseatic Days of New Time international festival. By the 16th century the east coast trade in corn and coal, mainly involving London and Newcastle respectively, kept the commercial wheels of this Norfolk seaport turning. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Boston and Hull are currently the only other members from the United Kingdom. He had endowed the Benedictine monks of Norwich Cathedral with the lordship. Details of this commercial and diplomatic interaction can be found in the memorandum book belonging to William Asshebourne, Lynn’s town clerk. ( Log Out /  They travelled to these Wash ports for wool in the 13th century, visiting their annual summer fairs, as did the Lübeckers in 1271. By the early 13th century Lynn had become a significant market town and seaport, having grown rapidly since 1101 when Bishop Losinga of Norwich recognised it as a settlement on his Gaywood estate. During this era, King's Lynn in the East of England was one of our most important ports for sea trade. The current President of the Hanseatic League of New Time is Bernd Saxe, Mayor of Lübeck. Lübeckers and other merchants from the East appear to be visiting English ports at the beginning of the 13th century, following traders from Got land, to Lynn, Hull and Boston, then to London. In 2009 the Borough Council organised the town’s first ever Hanse Festival, which subsequently became an annual Hansa Day celebration for the town. That Lynn treated independently with the Hanseatic cities in the resolution of disputes or grievances testifies to a not inconsiderable presence. The town's past wealth and development is closely associated with maritime trading links. King’s Lynn, originally known as ‘Lin’, is thought to have derived its name from the Celtic word for a lake or pool, and it is recorded that a large tidal lake originally covered this area. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In the 13th century, Kings Lynn was the third most important port in England and part of the Hanseatic league. Commercial relations between England and the Hanse deteriorated following the seizure of its Bay salt fleet (from south-west France to the Baltic) by English privateers in 1449. Article in Serial: Pantin, W. A. Hull also joined and Boston, Lincolnshirewas considering an application in early 2013. The modern Hanse works to encourage and increase contact between its member cities, promoting cross border co-operation and making a contribution to the economic, cultural and social life in Europe. The etymology of King's Lynn is uncertain. Lynn had strong links with the Hanseatic League, with merchants from the rest of Europe doing much trade with Lynn and in 1475 a Hanseatic Warehouse was built for them. During this period the German Merchants of this great maritime guild were the dominant political and economic power. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Above: The double-headed eagle was the emblem of the Hanseatic League. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Hanseatic League Warehouse in King’s Lynn is the only surviving League structure in England The harbour was historically along the waterfront on the river. http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/de_hansa.html. Why not discover the fascinating Hanseatic history on foot with the Hanseatic Trail, available from the King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre, or download the trail leaflet. Leisure and Entertainment around Downham Market, Discover many of West Norfolk’s finest villages, © Copyright - Visit West Norfolk | Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk 2019. Lynn’s population doubled between 1801 and 1851 as the market and port expanded with East Anglia playing a leading role in feeding London and the new industrial regions. The Hanseatic League was a powerful economic and defensive alliance that left a great cultural and architectural heritage. German merchants from the Baltic and Hamburg secured trading privileges at Lynn in 1271. The Hanseatic depot at King’s Lynn still stands, one of the branch locations of Hanseatic activity. In 2006 King's Lynn became the first English member of the newly formed new Hanseatic League. ( Log Out /  They are the only remaining building structures of the Hanseatic League in England. New factories began to supply English farmers with machinery, artificial manure and animal feed. The Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1474 and the English King conveyed a quay and tenements in the Norfolk town to the Hanse. A sizeable group of German shoemakers were living in Lynn by the1420s for example. The Making of King's Lynn: secular buildings from the 11th to the 17th century.. pp 115-118, fig 26. hanse {n} (Hanseatic League) SEE: Hanseatic League Hanse {n} (German commercial league) SEE: Hanseatic League Hanseatic {adj} (of or pertaining to the German Hanse) King’s Lynn was one of the English ports that were part of the German Hanseatic League and it is today the only town in England that has a building remaining from the days when the Hanse merchants were living in the town. Hanseatic Warehouse in King's Lynn.. 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