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Marshland St James


Gorgeous scenery in an historic village

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Marshland St James
12 mins to Wisbech
21 mins to Downham Market
21 mins to King's Lynn
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Resting amidst a patchwork of rich agricultural fields and woven between the tapestry of former marshland dykes and tributaries, tracing their way back the Great River Ouse, is the picturesque fenland village of Marshland St James.

Marshland St James

With both a Nursery School and a Primary School, as well as nearby secondary schooling and a very modern, engaging Community Hall beating at its heart, Marshland St James affords a modern solution to a rural family lifestyle on the fringe of the bustling historic port town of King’s Lynn.

Perched on the banks of the River Ouse, King’s Lynn has been a centre of trade and industry since the Middle Ages, and its rich history is reflected in the many beautiful buildings which still line the historic quarter.

King Street, which runs from Tuesday Market Place to the Custom House, was once known as ‘Stockfish Row’ for the number of fish merchants that lived there. With a listed building every 26ft, Sir John Betjeman described it as one of the finest walks in England.

With Cambridge, Peterborough and Norwich all within an hour’s drive and a direct rail line into London King’s Cross arriving in the capital in just 1 hour 40 minutes, King’s Lynn continues to attract a growing number of professionals seeking an easy commuter route. It’s easy to see the appeal of this central location with a clutch of high street retailers and independent restaurants in the town’s Vancouver Centre. The Majestic Cinema and King’s Lynn Alive Corn Exchange are the place to catch a film or show, or check out what’s on at St George’s Guildhall, the UK’s largest surviving medieval guildhall, today a vibrant arts centre.

A stunning cluster of Georgian architecture sits to the west of town and the streets surrounding The Walks, a Grade II listed, 17-hectare park where elegant folk once promenaded. Families still enjoy weekend walk or a Sunday concert in the park and don’t miss The Red Mount, once a wayside stop for pilgrims headed to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, to take in the incredible, elevated views.