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Mintlyn Kings Lynn Saint Michaels Church Ruin



Mintlyn Saint Michaels Church Ruin, Site of deserted village. Ruined church, Norman and 15th century. Extent of village unknown. Village mentioned in Domesday Book. Some cottages marked on a map of 1690 according to member of the public. Church has remains of west wall with Perpendicular window, fragment of wall to east, reset overgrown, according to
In 1975, a member of the public recorded tapslag in church walls and on surface. See A-Z Meaning of Church List. Wall has carrstone with stone quoins, brick gable and Perpendicular window. Sections of north and south walls with quions of doorway. To east isolated corner and brick with stone. Quoins in north and south walls may be for windows. Tap slag confirmed in walls. Interior overgrown. Norman font and part of a tympanum with zig-zag ornamentation. Listed as: The overgrown ruins of the medieval church stand here. Sections of the north and south nave walls survive and are built of carrstone, stone, brick and pieces of metal working debris. Fragments from a 11th or 12th century arch are now in King's Lynn Museum and the font is now in a nearby garden, not taken to another site for safe keeping. The church once stood within the village of Mintlyn, a settlement mentioned in the Domesday Book. Mintlyn was deserted during the post medieval period and its exact extent is uncertain. Imagine it's England, 1209, and you're a wealthy baron. You arrive home from London one day to discover that King John's minions have once again raided your stores of grain. It's the king's right, of course — he has a large household and armies to feed — and there's a promise of compensation. But all too often that payment arrives late, if at all. And there was that incident last year where the bailiff was caught selling the seized goods instead of handing them over to the king's men. These events aren't simply the makings of the next Robin Hood movie. The practice of seizing food for the king, known as "purveyance," was common in medieval England, as was the greed and corruption associated with it. It was one of the key gripes that drove England's barons to negotiate the Magna Carta with King John in 1215, King John shown as a statue in King's Lynns New Conduit street. The Magna Carta is considered one of the great legal documents in the history of democracy. Five centuries later, the legal principles it set forth inspired American colonists in their own rebellion against the British crown. Lack of food was a constant threat in the Middle Ages. Though much of the population was dedicated to agriculture, there was little surplus that could be drawn upon if bad weather wiped out a harvest. Still, the barons who negotiated the Magna Carta weren't worried about keeping the peasants from starving. "It wasn't part of their ethos that they should be feeding everyone," says University of Mary Washington historian Bruce O'Brien.

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