The Village of Reepham in Norfolk

Reepham Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the conservation village of Reepham in Norfolk, which sits in rich agricultural countryside, between the valleys of Bure and Wensum. Reepham retains a tradition of ‘Rural Norfolk' with its attractive 18th century market place, girded by mellow red brick Georgian buildings.

Small neat orderly shops as well as two ancient inns one of which dates from around the 16th century grace the market square giving the overall impression of attractively venerability. A walk around the village reveals a rich mix of building of all ages, one of which, the largest buildings is a Hotel known locally as the Dial House because of its sun-dial above its wide portico.

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 trip. 

The Wednesday market at Reepham was first founded in 1277 when King Edward I gave a charter to Sir John de Vaux for a weekly market. 

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.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Hotels - Click the Hotel Link.s. 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 Place.

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