thriving market town, Swaffham sits on the
edge of the Breckland heaths close to the
wild-woods that is Thetford Forest. The
village sign is dedicated to the legendary
‘Pedlar of Swaffham’ who found a treasure
under a local tree after undertaking an
ill-fated journey to find his fortune in
The triangular market place was built by the 4th Earl of Oxford in the 18th century and has a domed roof. A museum in the town hall displays many historic artefacts while the 15th century Church of St Peter and St Paul is said to be one of the finest medieval churches in East Anglia. Swaffham Prior has two churches – St Mary’s and St Cyriac’s – in the same churchyard.