In 1216, King John's baggage train, reputed to have contained the crown jewels, was swallowed by the incoming tide of The Wash.

The horse-drawn wagons had taken a dangerous shortcut across what was then a vast area of marsh and bog. King John travelled from King's Lynn by a slower and safer route around the edge of The Wash. He arrived safely at Swineshead Abbey in Lincolnshire, but died of dysentery just days later at Newark Castle.  Treasure hunters have attempted to find the king's treasures and household goods, but they remain undiscovered.

Lincolnshire places with royal tales to tell

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