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The King's Lynn Bomb Map

A bomb map laid flat on a table

Published: Friday, 30th June 2017

Local residents, historians or school groups interested in King's Lynn's Second World War history can now see the town's bomb map at the King's Lynn Borough Archives.

In September 1940 the Government wanted to collate information relating to bomb damage sustained during raids. This 'Bomb Census' originally only covered the major cities of London, Birmingham and Liverpool but by 1941 it was required across the whole of the UK.

The King's Lynn bomb map shows that the town was not heavily bombed. It does however show the locations and impact of the bombs that did hit the town.

Trainee archivist Luke Shackell explained: "This bomb map was transferred to us in 2002 along with a number of other maps. I am currently cataloguing the backlog of documents and felt that this one was of particular interest.

"I have written a blog post which can be viewed on the Norfolk Record Office blog, which helps to bring the map's stories to life.

"We would be delighted to get the map out and talk people through the key points, the history surrounding it and its links to other records held by the National Archives. It really is quite fascinating. The map's size, at nearly 2ms by 3ms, does mean that viewing is by appointment only."

The blog post is available at To make an appointment to see the map email

Entry to the King’s Lynn Borough Archives is free. They are open to the public from Tuesday to Friday – 12.30pm-4.30pm (last admission at 4pm) and the first Saturday of each month (excluding public holidays) from 10am-2pm (last admission at 1.30pm).

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