Dereham

Dereham, in the centre of Norfolk is a lively market town with an excellent shopping centre, traditional market place and a busy weekly market. There are many attractions in and around the town.

Dereham dates back to Saxon times and probably originated in the 7th century when Saint Withburga founded a monastery there. By Norman times Dereham had become a thriving village with three water mills, twenty villeins, twenty bordars, three horses, a hundred sheep, twelve cows and twenty pigs! Dereham was on the main coach route from Norwich to Birmingham, and these coaches plus the London coach would call at the King's Arms which stood in the main town centre, until relatively recently. Technology advanced and the railway came to Dereham in 1847 in the shape of the Great Eastern Railway.

The town is now one of the largest in the area and has experienced a growth in the last few years, especially in young families and young people. The town centre has recently undergone a revamp which has included the opening of a multi million pound sports development.




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