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North Walsham
North Walsham
is a market town and civil parish in Norfolk, England within the North Norfolk
Norfolk
district.

Contents

1 Demography 2 Transport 3 History

3.1 Cinemas 3.2 Great Fire

4 North Walsham High School & the Atrium 5 Sport 6 Museum 7 References 8 External links

Demography[edit] The civil parish has an area of 11.3 square miles (29 km2) and in the 2011 census had a population of 12,634.[1] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[2] Transport[edit] The town is 7.5 miles (12.1 kilometres) south of Cromer
Cromer
and the same distance north of Wroxham. The county town and city of Norwich
Norwich
is 15 miles (24 kilometres) south.[3] The town is served by North Walsham railway station, on the Bittern Line
Bittern Line
between Norwich, Cromer
Cromer
and Sheringham. The main road through the town is the A149. Also, the town is located on the B1145[4] a route which runs between King's Lynn
King's Lynn
and Mundesley. The town is on the North Walsham
North Walsham
& Dilham
Dilham
Canal, still privately owned by the North Walsham
North Walsham
Canal
Canal
Company. The canal ran from Antingham Mill, largely following the course of the River Ant
River Ant
to a point below Honing. A short branch canal leaves the main navigation near Honing and terminates at the village of Dilham. History[edit]

The ruined tower of the parish church

North Walsham, an Anglo-Saxon settlement, and the neighbouring village of Worstead
Worstead
became very prosperous from the 12th century through the arrival of weavers from Flanders. The two settlements gave their names to the textiles they produced: "Walsham" became the name of a light-weight cloth for summer wear, and "Worsted" a heavier cloth. The 14th century "wool churches" are a testament to the prosperity of the local mill owners. North Walsham's church of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas
was originally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed Virgin Mary
and is one of the UK's largest parish churches. It was also the site of a wayside shrine to St. Thomas of Canterbury. This church had the second-tallest steeple in Norfolk
Norfolk
until its collapse in 1724. Plans for its rebuilding were abandoned at the outbreak of the Second World War. The ruined tower dominates the town centre and is a famous landmark of the area, visible from many miles away. In the parish church of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas
can be found the ornate tomb of Sir William Paston; the remains of medieval painted screens; a telescopic Gothic font canopy; a unique Royal Arms Board; an ancient iron bound chest; and many other ancient artifacts. North Walsham
North Walsham
was involved in the Peasants' Revolt
Peasants' Revolt
of 1381. The peasants' leaders were defeated at the Battle of North Walsham
Battle of North Walsham
and the site is marked by a wayside stone near the town's water towers. The English naval hero, Horatio Nelson and his brother William were educated at Paston Grammar School
Paston Grammar School
in North Walsham, founded by Sir William Paston (of Paston Letters
Paston Letters
fame) in 1606. Nelson left the school to start his naval career at the age of eleven. The school became Paston College
Paston College
in 1984. As part of the millennium celebrations, ten mosaics were commissioned, showing scenes from local history, including the Peasants' Revolt
Peasants' Revolt
and the Great Fire of North Walsham
North Walsham
and a picture of a Norfolk
Norfolk
wherry – an allusion to the canal. Cinemas[edit] North Walsham
North Walsham
Picturedrome opened in King Arms Street around 1912 and survived until around September 1931. In 1931 the Regal Cinema opened in New Road and was open until 1979. When the Regal closed the building was turned into a bingo hall and it is now occupied by North Walsham Plant Hire. 32 years later, North Walsham
North Walsham
now has a cinema once again, in the form of the Atrium which opened in 2011. The Atrium is a state-of-the-art theatre and cinema with regular screenings and special events around the films. Great Fire[edit] The Great Fire of North Walsham
North Walsham
took place on 25 June 1600. It began at six o'clock in the morning from a house occupied by a person with the surname of Dowle. Dowle subsequently fled and was captured and placed in gaol. The fire was devastating and destroyed one hundred and eighteen homes, seventy shops, the market cross and market stalls. Although the church caught fire in five places it remained mostly unharmed and provided shelter for the people whilst the town was rebuilt. North Walsham High School & the Atrium[edit] North Walsham High School is a community school, for pupils aged 11 to 16 located in the town. The school includes a £5.3m arts and education development called the Atrium which is open to the wider community, funded by the initial co-location funds of reanimating communities. The building belongs to North Walsham
North Walsham
High School, but the theatre, cinema, workshop and events programme is run by a registered charity. The charity (The Atrium North Norfolk
Norfolk
Ltd) formed in early 2013 and operates as 'the Atrium'.[5] Sport[edit] North Walsham
North Walsham
is home to a London 1 North rugby team. North Walsham R.F.C. narrowly missed out on promotion to National League 2 in 2005-06, losing a play-off to Nuneaton. Museum[edit] North Walsham
North Walsham
is also home to the Norfolk
Norfolk
Motorcycle Museum[6]. A privately owned collection of around 80 motorcycles up to 1960. Also on display are toys, especially die cast toys. References[edit]

^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 1 September 2015.  ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk
Norfolk
County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2 December 2005. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 252 – Norfolk
Norfolk
Coast East. ISBN 0-319-21888-0. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, page 230 ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5 ^ http://www.theatrium.org.uk ^ the Norfolk
Norfolk
Motorcycle Museum on the Visit Norfolk
Norfolk
website

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to North Walsham.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for North Walsham.

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