King's Lynn and West Norfolk

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Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Kings Lynn, best known for both King's Lynn Minster and a statue to George Vancouver. The town is the administrative centre and largest settlement in the borough.
Kings Lynn, best known for both King's Lynn Minster and a statue to George Vancouver. The town is the administrative centre and largest settlement in the borough.
Shown within Norfolk
Shown within Norfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Administrative countyNorfolk
Admin. HQKing's Lynn
 • TypeBorough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:James Wild (C)
Liz Truss (C)
 • Total556 sq mi (1,439 km2)
 • Rank13th
 • Total154,325
 • RankRanked 135th
 • Density280/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code33UE (ONS)
E07000146 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.7% White
Hunstanton, one of the coastal towns on the Norfolk Coast and the only other town in the borough.

King's Lynn and West Norfolk is a local government district with borough status in Norfolk, England. Its council is based in the town of King's Lynn. The population of the Local Authority at the 2011 Census was 147,451.[1]


The district was formed in 1974 by the merger of the Municipal Borough of King's Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market urban districts along with Docking Rural District, Downham Rural District, Freebridge Lynn Rural District and Marshland Rural District. The district was originally known as just West Norfolk, and adopted its present name in 1981.


Elections to the borough council are held every four years, with all of the 55 councillors, representing 42 wards, on the council being elected at each election. After being under no overall control from the 1999 election, the Conservative party gained a majority at the 2003 election and has held one ever since, although losing a large number of seats due to the resurgence of the Independent Group in 2019. This meant that at the election the Tories were cut back to 28 seats, and opposition parties 27.

Following the United Kingdom local elections, 2019 the political composition of King's Lynn and West Norfolk council was as follows:

Year Conservative Labour Green Party Independent Lib Dem
2019 28 10 1 15 1
UK Youth Parliament

Although the UK Youth Parliament is an apolitical organisation, the elections are run in a way similar to that of the Local Elections. The votes come from 11 to 18 year olds and are combined to make the decision of the next, 2 year Member of Youth Parliament. The elections are run at different times across the country with King's Lynn and West Norfolk's typically being in early Spring and bi-annually.


The district comprises the urban area of King's Lynn itself, together with 102 surrounding parishes. At the time of the 2001 census, the district had an area of 1,473 km², of which 28 km² was in the urban area and 1,445 km² in the surrounding parishes. The district had a population of 135,345 in 58,338 households, with 34,564 in 15,285 households living in the urban area, whilst 100,781 people in 43,053 households lived in the surrounding parishes.[2]

The urban area of King's Lynn itself is unparished. The remainder of the district lies within the following civil parishes:

Letter Parish
A Anmer
B Bagthorpe with Barmer, Barton Bendish, Barwick, Bawsey, Bircham, Boughton, Brancaster, Burnham Market, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy, Burnham Thorpe
C Castle Acre, Castle Rising, Choseley, Clenchwarton, Congham, Crimplesham
D Denver, Dersingham, Docking, Downham Market, Downham West
E East Rudham, East Walton, East Winch, Emneth
F Feltwell, Fincham, Flitcham with Appleton, Fordham, Fring
G Gayton, Great Massingham, Grimston
H Harpley, Heacham, Hilgay, Hillington, Hockwold cum Wilton, Holme next the Sea, Houghton, Hunstanton
I Ingoldisthorpe
L Leziate, Little Massingham
M Marham, Marshland St. James, Methwold, Middleton
N Nordelph, North Creake, North Runcton, Northwold, North Wootton
O Old Hunstanton, Outwell
P Pentney
R Ringstead, Roydon, Runcton Holme, Ryston
S Sandringham, Sedgeford, Shernborne, Shouldham, Shouldham Thorpe, Snettisham, South Creake, Southery, South Wootton, Stanhoe, Stoke Ferry, Stow Bardolph, Stradsett, Syderstone
T Terrington St. Clement, Terrington St. John, Thornham, Tilney All Saints, Tilney St. Lawrence, Titchwell, Tottenhill
U Upwell
W Walpole, Walpole Cross Keys, Walpole Highway, Walsoken, Watlington, Welney, Wereham, West Acre, West Dereham, West Rudham, West Walton, West Winch, Wiggenhall St. Germans, Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen, Wimbotsham, Wormegay, Wretton


Coat of arms of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Upon a wreath Or and Azure upon a bollard Sable roped Or a seagull Proper gorged with a coronet and holding in the dexter claw a cross botonny fitchy Or.
Per chevron Azure and Or three dragons' heads erect and erased each transfixed through the mouth by a cross botonny fitchy all within a bordure per chevron counter-changed.
On either side a sea lion Or supporting with the exterior leg an ostrich feather Argent.[3]


  1. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  3. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 9 March 2021.

Coordinates: 52°45′18″N 0°23′46″E / 52.7549°N 0.3962°E / 52.7549; 0.3962