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North Walsham Town Information

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North Walsham Centre with Town Sign - Photo © Janet Tench
North Walsham Centre with Town Sign -
Photo: Janet Tench CCL

A centre for hand-weaving during the Middle Ages, North Walsham’s prosperity was later increased by the creation of the Dilham Canal which connected the town with the Broads.

The real novelty, however, is a sloping market place in which stands a three-tiered, 16th century market cross with a series of wooden pillars holding up a roof and with a dome and lantern. This pattern is repeated on top. The unusual building had to be restored after a fire destroyed part of the town in 1602.
The local church is one of largest in the county and inside is a monument to Sir William Paston whose collected letters provided historians with a fascinating picture of life in the 14th and 15th centuries. In fact, Lord Nelson attended local Paston school from 1768 to 1771. Places of interest include a rose centre with more than 400 varieties of scented roses and the Cat Pottery which specialises in cat and dog designs.