Dereham is a market town in the heart of the beautiful undulating County of Norfolk. It is about 15 miles west of Norwich and has many of the attractions and facilities that you normally expect in a large town such as a Barclays Bank, supermarkets, lots of independent shops and pubs.
The town has a population of over 16,000 that attracts all kinds of commercial activities. It is a welcoming place to visit with lots of free parking. The registry office is in St Withburga Lane. The nearby Queen Mother Gardens is an ideal place for a family photo shoot.
Norfolk abounds with windmills and windpumps. The beautifully restored windmill is a real treat to visit. It is a grade 2 listed building with 5 floors, built in 1835. The mill, restored in 2013 by The Dereham Windmill Charity Trustees, volunteers and friends is an exhibition centre. The mill set in extensive grounds opens Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm. I was very lucky to visit the mill on a sunny day day when the clouds were at their best. Norfolk is famous for its wide skies and as you can see below the clouds were magnificent.
The church of St Nicholas pictured above is well worth a visit with its free standing campanile tower that you can just see to the left.
Bishop Bonner’s Cottage below and near the church is a museum. It has an impressive thatched roof.
Pictured below is the Orion Cinema in the Market Place.
The market place shown below is an excellent place to buy some garden plants. Market days are Tuesday and Friday and the Farmers Market takes place on the second Saturday of each month. You can see Barclays Bank in the background.
The Mid Norfolk Railway owned and operated by the volunteers of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, runs 11 miles from Dereham to Wymondham, well known for it’s twin tower abbey. Below are images of the Train Station and railway crossing.
There are lots of pubs and hotels in the town. The Kings Head Hotel is below.