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This market towns past claim to fame is that it once had three operating churches all located within the one churchyard right up to the 16th century.
Elsewhere are tiny cottages set on lanes with quaint names like Pudding Pie Alley. Inside one of the churches at Reepham is an interesting monument to a Knight Templar Sir Roger Kerdiston, which dates from 1337. He lies recumbent in his armour on a bed of pebbles, looking eerily alive.
The Marriott's Way a long distance foot path of some twenty miles can be picked up from what used to be the Reepham Rail Station and is now a museum and tea shop. It was originally the railway line linking Themelthorpe to Aylsham, which finally closed in 1985 due to lack of profitability. It was re-opened as a footpath/bridleway/cycle path and named after Mr. William Marriott who was its chief engineer and manager of the M&GN system for 41 years.
The countryside around here is dotted
with landmark church towers, pinnacled, turreted and
gargoyled. It is well worth visiting the churches
of Salle, Cawston and Booton all of which are close
by. Their differing architecture and historical
interest from the solidness of Cawston, to Salles links
to Anne Boleyns family and the fantasy towers of quirky
fairy tale Booton, make it an enjoyable round
The village of Lyng is not too far away, a remote village nestling in the valley of the River Wensum. Its a village of two halves with the area known as The Street with its old houses and buildings such as the church, which dates back hundreds of years and The Common which has the more modern houses.
At one time three churches stood in the
churchyard. Reepham's church of St. Mary is joined by
its choir vestry to St. Michael’s and the third church
belonged to Hackford. This third church burned down in
1543 and now only a fragment of the tower wall remains
on the left of the path as you go towards the Market