Nowadays Aylsham has the constant hum
and thrum of a small thriving market town and is well
known for hosting weekly auctions of antiques,
furniture, collectables and garden plants, which bring
in local people and visitors alike.
Interesting buildings surround the Market Place, that speak of centuries past and it is well worth taking a wander around the town. Both in the main shopping area and also the residential area as there are lots of lovely redbrick and flint houses all with their own unique quirky character and intriguing nooks and crannies .
The Blackboys public house used to be
the place for both formal and social occasions and can
trace its heritage back to the mid 17th century. During
the 19th century it was the point where the coaches from
Cromer and Holt would collect and deposit their
passengers. The restaurant and bar areas of the
Black Boys have been stylised to keep that 17th Century
feel with a modern ambience. The menus cater for both
traditional and more imaginative tastes using local
produce wherever possible.
The name of Aylsham is thought to be of
Saxon origin. In the Domesday book of 1086 the spelling
There are supermakets, pubs and cafes and Aylsham is around half an hour from the city of Norwich with its cathedral, castle and extensive shopping areas.
In the churchyard of St. Michaels by the
south chancel door is the rose-covered grave of the
great landscape designer Humphry Repton
(1752-1818). Repton designed Sheringham
Park along with many other parks and gardens. The
church is one of the oldest building in the town.