The Village of Wymondham in Norfolk

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A visitors guide to Wymondham the largest town in South Norfolk, a handsome historic thriving market town dominated by the massive towers of its Abbey Church.

For three centuries Wymondham was noted for its wood turning trade then for its craftsmen making satin and bombazine. Many of its buildings are of architectural and historic interest and date from the 1600s, the result of a great fire, which destroyed much of the town in 1615. The town has a monthly farmers' markets a weekly Friday market as well as a good range of shops, cafes, places to eat and stay. Annual events include Fun Day, Music Festival, Riverside Jazz Picnic and Dickensian Evening.  

Of interest in the town is Bridewell prison dating from 1785 and built using the ideas of John Howard the prison reformer who advocated for separate cells for the prisoners. Becket's Chapel founded in 1174 by the son of the founder of the Abbey. It has had many uses during its lifetime - a guild chapel, a grammar school and in the early 1800s a coal store, then the towns lock up. It now houses the town's library. Visit the Wymondham Heritage Centre, which contains many exhibits that trace the history of this ancient market town.

The award-winning Railway Station - built in 1845, situated on the main Norwich to Cambridge railway line, has been fully restored and houses a railway museum, Hornby railway collection, gift shop, restaurant and tea room.

The mid-Norfolk Railway which re-opened in 1999 is an eleven mile single line that runs through the countryside past unchanged village stations all the way to Dereham

The timber octagonal Market Cross houses the town's Tourist Information Centre and dates from the late 13th century. Though the present building is said to date from 1618. The oldest inn in the town is the Green Dragon dating from the late fifteenth century with Tudor shop windows at the front. In 1622 the town had thirty three inns and taverns most of which have now closed. However, they are still recognisable by their names and frontages. 

The magnificent Abbey was founded in 1107 by William d'Albini, Chief Butler to Henry I as a Priory. Its massive bell towers one at each end preside over the skyline. The building we see today is only about half the size of the abbey before its dissolution. The interior is Norman with a wonderful hammer beam roof complete with carved angels. Amongst its colourful history is the story of monks who used a secret underground passage to visit the local inn 

Wymondham is well-served by public transport, with regular bus services to Norwich and trains to Norwich, Cambridge and London.

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