1216– King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge.  According to contemporary reports, John travailed from Spalding in Lincolnshire to Bishops Lynn in Norfolk, was taken ill and decided to return. While he took the longer route by way of Wisbech, he sent his baggage train, including his crown jewels, along the causeway and ford across the mouth of the Wellstream. This route was usable only at low tide. The horse-drawn wagons moved too slowly for the incoming tide, and many were lost.

The reign and history surrounding King John is one of our favourites, apart from loosing the Crown Jewels, another famous associated event with King John is of course the signing of the Magna Carta.

We have a selection of exclusive Magna Carta barony titles available to buy, and lordship titles with documented history from the reign of King John.  Contact mailto:ltaylor@manorial.co.uk