About North Walsham
North Walsham is an historic market town in the beautiful and historic County of Norfolk. It is also 15 miles north of Norwich and 8 miles south of the lovely seaside resort of Cromer. The town is on the the Bittern Line, a railway line that operates between Norwich and the popular seaside town of Sheringham.
It has a vibrant town centre with lots of shops, supermarkets and pubs. There are lots of things to do. For example the town is an ideal base to visit the golden sands on North Norfolk Coast and the Broads, a protected lowland area with National Park status. If you like boating, rivers and lakes this is must place for you to see and enjoy.
The weaving of cloth brought prosperity to the town as from the 12th century. Walsham became known as a light weight cloth for summer wear and the neighbouring settlement of Worstead gave its name to a heavier cloth.
North Walsham Gallery
A focal point in the town centre is a beautiful looking market cross pictured below. It was originally built to collect rent from the market traders. Today the market is held on Thursdays.
Between the market cross and Waterloo House pictured below is a fish and chip shop and a sweet shop. I can highly recommend both. During my visit many people were siting on the wall of the market cross or on seating nearby eating their fish and chips.
The sweet shop is also a real treat. Here you step back in time and can buy traditional sweets in jars that are weighed and wrapped in white paper bags, just like in the 1960’s. I tried the chocolate ginger and can’t wait to go back to buy some more. It is real shame that there are not more traditional shops like this in all of the Norfolk market towns.
The town has good car parking facilities. It also has many shops, restaurants and historic places of interest such as Paston College where the famous Admiral Horatio Nelson was taught.
North Walsham Church
The church of St Nicholas is one of the UK’s largest parish churches. It had the second tallest steeple in Norfolk until it collapsed in 1724. As you can see in the image below the tower was never rebuilt. This seems rather strange given prosperity of the area. The church dominates the town centre and the lovely grounds are a nice place to sit and relax. Whilst I was taking photos there were several groups of business people who were enjoying their sandwich lunch in the grounds.
As you can see from the photos I chose a lovely summers day to visit the town.
The nearby busy market town of Aylsham is worth a visit if you are in the area. A little further away is the lovely town of Holt. Nearby Bacton Woods, an ancient woodland is also a great place to walk and have a picnic.