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Comedian Hugh Dennis and Channel 4's The Great British Dig team are digging into King's Lynn's history




In Channel 4's The Great British Dig: History in Your Garden, Hugh Dennis, actor and comedian with a team of expert archaeologists excavate back gardens around Britain.

And they have arrived in Lynn in an attempt to uncover the lost history buried beneath lawns and flower beds.

The crew have brought in an excavator to dig just behind the recreation area on Losinga Road. So what are they hoping to find?

Hugh Dennis on the set of the Big Dig in Losinga Road, King's Lynn
Hugh Dennis on the set of the Big Dig in Losinga Road, King's Lynn

Jon Seymour, whose house backs on to the area they are uncovering has done some probing.

He said: "During the civil war between the Cavaliers and the Roundheads, the town and port of Lynn was tentatively held by the Parliamentarians, but there were reports of a Royalist sect that could bring about an uprising.

"Oliver Cromwell was despatched to Lynn to investigate, but no evidence was uncovered. Being the third largest port in England, King’s Lynn played a significant role, so control of the port was a priority on both sides, and after Oliver Cromwell left the town, the Royalists seized power, hoping to be backed by the Royalists in Lincolnshire.

"Once news of the uprising reached the Parliamentarians, they sought to take back the town, and proceeded to blockade the River Ouse, preventing access to the port.

"They then took back the town by means of force, and once control was handed back to the people, plans for fortification were put in place.

"As it stands, the fortifications around Lynn are one of only three sites within the UK to have the formation that the defences represent, and it’s this advanced type of fortification that the team are investigating."

A pilot episode of The Great British Dig aired on More4 in April 2020, becoming the channel’s most successful one-off programme in 2020.

Hugh said: “The Great British Dig is a fantastic format which combines finding out about the history of where you live and the surprising things that lie under your own back garden. It’s kind of a community archaeology project.”

The comedian and writer is well known in comedy in My Hero, Mock the Week and Outnumbered and known for his skills in improvisation.



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