5 Wedding Venues in Dereham found
The old market town of Dereham is often referred to as ‘the heart of Norfolk,’ thanks to its geographically central position in the county, and it merits the nickname too for a character that illustrates so many of its finest points.
Among those virtues is the town’s sturdy Norman church. Like so many in Norfolk it’s named for St Nicholas, patron saint of sailors and fishermen, though Dereham is a good way from the sea. In an agricultural landscape where the view is not spoiled by hills you’d expect to find a windmill, and Dereham has an excellent example dating from 1836, its five-storey structure towering above the surrounding countryside. And the centre of the town has no lack of characterful buildings in and around the old market place. The most celebrated structure in the town is Bishop Bonner’s Cottage, built at the start of the sixteenth century and thus the oldest house in Dereham. Now a museum, it has some elegant Norfolk pinking, or pargetting as it would be called elsewhere, fine exterior plasterwork decoration well worth inspecting.
When the A47 bypass was built in the late 1970s the townsfolk must have heaved a collective sigh of relief, its opening removing major traffic botheration overnight. Less welcome was the earlier loss of the national railway service, passenger trains ceasing operation here in the 1960s, though that eventually proved a boon when the heritage Mid-Norfolk Railway took its place, or at least 11.5 miles of it – and counting, with further sections on track to reopen.