Fakenham – Edward VII Coronation Lamp-post

This lamp-post, which was funded by public subscription, was erected in 1902 to mark the coronation of King Edward VII as the country’s new Monarch.

The coronation date for the King was originally set to be held on 26 June 1902, but King Edward got an abscess and it had to be delayed. I can imagine the irritation that this caused to the people of Fakenham, who then had to go and buy a second plaque. All was well though for the second date, and the Coronation went ahead on 9 August 1902.

This panel notes the creation of the Royal Manor of Fakenham, linking the town to the Royal Family.