King Edward Court Shopping Centre is a pedestrian area containing a plethora of shops and restaurants with an adjoining multi-storey car park, and was built on part of the site of the Goswells, previously a slum area. It is named after King Edward VII, the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. At the entrance from Peascod Street, there is a message: ‘You can burn about 20 calories daily during a 5-minute walk.’ King Edward Court itself was formally opened by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on 8 April 1980. Edward VII (1840-1910) was sixty years old when he ascended the throne, having been Prince of Wales for a long time, though Prince Charles (the present Prince of Wales) now holds that record. He entertained grandly at Windsor Castle from time to time, but he preferred London and his Norfolk home, Sandringham. Nevertheless his memory is well celebrated in the town.
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