The port town of King's Lynn was the third busiest in the UK in the 14th century; only London and Southampton were busier.
It was the first town in the UK to have CCTV in the town centre; this mainly helps it in catching men surreptitiously passing water after a night in the pub.
King's Lynn has been subject to a re-generation in recent years, with proposed plans for a 12-acre business park owned by Tesco which would bring hundreds of much-needed new jobs to the area. New housing complexes and a new school among other things have been brought to the area as well.
Campbell's soup, which formerly had a big plant in King's Lynn, had its landmark tower in King's Lynn torn down in 2012. The person chosen to "push the button" was Sarah Griffiths, whose father had died in an accident at the factory.