This picturesque market town with an unusually wide main street dates back to the founding of a nunnery in the 7th century by St. Withburga.
It has a number of important old buildings, including the 19th Century Corn Hall and a museum housed in a cottage once owned by 16th century cleric Bishop Bonner, chaplain to Cardinal Wolsley.
A windmill stands nearby.
St. Nicholas’s Church has a detached bell tower and in the churchyard is the burial place of the poet William Cowper (1731-1800) who spent the last few years of his life here.
Writer George Borrow (1803-81) was born close by in the village of Dumpling Green.