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Location of Wymondham: Norfolk, East of England, Eastern England, United Kingdom.

Wymondham Postcode: NR18

Dialling Code for Wymondham: 01953

Wymondham Population: 12,539 (Census 2011)

Ordnance Survey Map Reference for Wymondham: TG1101

A historical market town that has aged houses and narrow alleyways gathered around the timber framed 2 storey octagonal Market Cross, Wymondham has a resident population of around 12,000 and can be found about 15km to the south-west of Norwich. Appealing to with travellers due to the ancient Abbey, a former Benedictine Abbey, which dates back to the 12th century, it is also at the heart of a sizeable rural parish.

Wymondham is additionally well known for 2 other special reasons, the first is that it was home to a man called Robert Kett, who was head of a bunch of peasants in the well known peasants revolt of 1549 (also known as Kett's Rebellion), and secondly because of the Great Fire of Wymondham in 1615, a dreadful incident which ruined a lot of the town, indeed about three hundred homes and buildings were destroyed in total.

Wymondham Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 675436As you will find with countless Norfolk towns, Wymondham owed much of its success to wool, though one additional industry for which Wymondham was successful was the production of wooden objects, including spoons, brushes, woodturning and similar merchandise.

The decline of the wool trade in the mid-19th Cent produced dreadful poverty in the town. Throughout Victorian times the town never underwent any major building work and came to be a bit of a backwater, so the outcome of this is that nowadays a good deal of the town centre remains much as it must have been right after the Great Fire in the seventeenth century. Such reconstructed properties, in addition to those which survived the Great Fire, still amaze shoppers and visitors as they pass through the historic winding alleys and streets of Wymondham.

Wymondham's Historic Past: The human settlement of the town started, certainly as long ago as Saxon times and the name "Wymondham" (pronounced "Windham") quite possibly originates from this time, quite possibly being a mix of a personal name plus the term for settlement or village ("ham"). The original charter to hold a weekly market (still held on Fridays even now) was issued by King John in 1204 and later renewed in the 15th century by Henry VI. The 1st Market Cross was burnt down in the 1615 Great Fire, the present one was erected in sixteen eighteen and remains one of the most important icons of the town.

One other of the landmarks of Wymondham is the two towered Wymondham Abbey, initially built in the 1300s and constructed primarily for Benedictine Monks, it mostly withstood Henry the Eighth's Dissolution of the Monasteries and was purchased by the people of Wymondham for their own use as a parish church, a job which it still performs these days.

The late 15th C Green Dragon is the oldest inn in the town, and one of the earliest structures. It was also named the "White Swan" plus may well once have been known as "St George and the Dragon".

Wymondham can be got to by means of the the B1135 and the A11, it is around nine miles to the south-west of Norwich, roughly 30 miles to Great Yarmouth and approximately one hundred and eight miles from London. Wymondham may also be reached by train.

Wymondham Bridewell - The Wymondham Bridewell was the local prison the town, and has operated as a prison since around the early 17th century. The existing, structure (which is grade II listed), was erected in the 1780s. It was closed down as a bridewell and prison in the eighteen seventies. Since it closed as a prison it has had an assortment of uses for example police station, museum and courthouse. There were twenty two cells with iron beds and brick floors, each cell was sized about 12 feet by 7 feet. The Heritage Museum at present occupies the building. Note: A "bridewell" is a reform school or prison for petty criminals.

A selection of Wymondham streets and roads: School Lane, Friarscroft Lane, Potter's Lane, Hawthorn Close, Norwich Common, Eleven Mile Lane, Brewery Lane, Ringers Close, Cemetery Lane, Stanfield Road, Pelargonium Drive, Hobart Close, Barnham Broom Road, Hubbard Close, Bridge Road, Gatekeeper Close, Middleton Court, Vimy Drive, Harry Daniels Close, Queensway, Kimberley Street, Slopers Road, Chepore Lane, Cock Street, Preston Avenue, Reynolds Mews, Perrings, Stile Lane, Orwell Close, London Road, Clifton Road, William Close, Middleton Street, Daffodil Close, Edwin Close, Spinks Lane, Market Street, Burnthouse Lane, Begonia Way, Talbot Close, Melton Gate, Meadowsweet Road, Sheffield Road, Morley Lane, High Common, Hewitts Lane, Bradman's Lane, Spindle Close, Speedwell Road, Avenue Road, Becketts Court.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Wymondham: Mid Norfolk Railway, Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum, Bridewell Museum, Dragon Hall, Norwich Castle Museum, Lolly Moor, Mulbarton Common, Exotic Garden Norwich, Cow Tower Norwich, Market Cross, Costume and Textile Study Centre, New Buckenham Common, Flordon Common, Poringland Wood, Banham Zoo, Quasar Elite Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, East Hills, Smockmill Common, Dunston Common, Melsop Farm Park, Norfolk Gliding Club, Plantation Garden, Skirmish Thetford, Pine Lodge, Fantastic Days, Lower Wood Ashwellthorpe, Funtime Factory, Wymondham Abbey, Norwich Cathedral, Playbarn Norfolk.

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