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The Wash

Posted : 03-05-2017

The Wash is the square-mouthed bay and estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. The Wash is probably best known as the location of the treasure of King John, semi-seriously described as having been ‘Lost with his clothes in the Wash’.

In 1216 (a year after signing the Magna Carta), plagued by ill-health and with the country embroiled in what amounted to a civil war, King John set out to travel from Spalding in Lincolnshire to Bishop’s Lynn (later renamed King’s Lynn) in Norfolk – an area of marshy fenland known as South Holland. At that time the Wash extended much further inland than it does today, so the King followed a route around the estuary via Wisbech in Cambridgeshire – a tedious and time-consuming journey. As was the custom, the baggage train containing all the household requirements of the Court – sheets, plates, bedding, clothing and the rest – was sent on ahead. To save time, the baggage train took a short cut across the Wash, following a causeway which was passable at low tide. Unfortunately, the laden wagons moved too slowly and were caught by the rapidly incoming tide, resulting in substantial loss of life and the loss of the baggage. Rumour held that, given the political uncertainties of the time, King John always carried the crown jewels in his baggage, and so it is supposed that they lie buried to this day somewhere in the mudflats and sandbanks of the fens. 

Nowadays this part of east Anglia is known for the diversity of its wildlife, with a string of nature reserves (nearly a hundred at the last count) in Lincolnshire alone, including, along the coast, Donna Nook, where grey seals come to give birth to their pups in the late autumn and Gibraltar Point, home to skylarks, with the summer skies above the salt marshes filled with their song. Crossing the county line into Norfolk, there is the Wash National Nature Reserve, a marvellous sight in the early autumn as hundreds of thousands of migrating birds heading south take up residence in the area, and the RSPB wetland habitat with wading birds galore.

With beautiful landscapes (and famed for Constable’s fantastic rolling skies), stunning sandy beaches and low property prices, this is a fabulous place to live and work. And we have some very interesting job opportunities in the area - here is a selection.

We are currently looking for a private client solicitor/legal executive with about 2 years’ experience in a general range of wills, trusts and Court of Protection matters. An excellent salary, a wide range of benefits and a great opportunity for career progression. RD25129

If you are an ambitious commercial lawyer (solicitor or legal executive) this rapidly-expanding Legal 500 firm would like to hear from you to join their office in the Kings’ Lynn area. You will be dealing with a very wide range of matters and this is a great opportunity for a fairly junior lawyer to substantially advance his or her career with this well-known firm. VS24738.

We have an urgent requirement for a maternity cover role for a residential conveyancing lawyer in King’s Lynn, with the possibility of leading into a full-time, permanent position, SG25387 – and we are also looking for a family legal secretary for a part-time position in Stamford - SG25431.

Last but not least, a role in Boston for a senior private client solicitor to join a Legal 500 firm - NS19148.

So, we’ve found you a great job with a lovely firm - but what about family provision?  Let’s start off with looking at schools. Lincolnshire in particular is leaping ahead in the education stakes with substantial investment in education which is showing great results – with 85% Ofsted ‘good’ or ‘oustanding’ ratings compared with a national average of 81% nationwide. There are 20 ‘five star’ rated schools in the county as well. William Farr C of E comprehensive school in Welton is considered outstanding with a substantial percentage of students attaining top grade exam results. 

Fancy living in the William Farr catchment area? What about this lovely stone-built house in the middle of the village for just £475,000 (

Then again there’s the Queen Elizabeth’ Grammar in Horncastle – another ‘outstanding’ rated school -  you could buy this stunning Georgian cottage. (

This cottage is currently on the market for only £145k (what could you buy in London for that price?) or, if you’re feeling flush, how about this stately pile for £650k  - with substantial acreage for ponies or swimming pools – whatever takes your fancy! (

Last but not least, King’s Lynn is renowned for pretty properties - just shy of £360k would buy you this pretty double-fronted house. (

Still looking to get your foot on the property ladder? Just £84k would get you this lovely one bed flat on the river. (