North Walsham is a busy market town, whose numbers swell slightly during the summer months, but its streets at any time of the year are always astir with locals. Lots of places to eat with restaurants and pubs/inns aplenty, as well as a good range of shops including supermarkets. The town sits in the North East Corner of Norfolk conveniently situated for both the Norfolk Coast (under 5 miles), the Norfolk Broads and the City of Norwich, which is just fourteen miles away. The town has a train station which runs between Sheringham on the coast and inland to the City of Norwich with all its history, shopping experiences and wonderful Norwich Cathedral and Castle.
For ramblers the long distance footpath The Weavers’ Way runs through the town of North Walsham.
North Walsham is a town of slim side streets, note the narrowness of the depth of the shops as you wander around, a result of them having begun their lives as medieval stalls set in the churchyard. On the south side of the market place is Waterloo House which dates from 1790 and near it three alleyways named Bank Loke, Swan Loke and Cross Keys Loke, the word loke is the old word for alleyway.
The tiny Popes Passage on the north side of
the churchyard was named after one William Pope who kept the adjoining
shop early in the last century. if you traverse this narrow passageway you
will find yourselves in the churchyard of St. Nicholas. The Church of
North Walsham has a beautiful south porch and a display of patronage and
The large opening opposite the church itself is known as the ‘church opening’, this is where the town crier and public dignitaries used to make their speeches from.
Up the road is the weaving village of Worstead where each year they hold the Worstead Festival, the largest village festival in Norfolk.
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