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Monday, April 12, 2010
These days most of us thunder by Attleborough on our way up and down the busy A11 - but this little town is well worth a look around
Where is Attleborough?
Off the A11 between Wymondham and Thetford.
Modern travellers tend to whisk past Attleborough on the A11 bypass, but they are missing out on a town with lots to please.
The market has been there since the 13th century, and throughout its history Attleborough has been an important staging post on the way into the county.
The town sign depicts cider-making flanked by two splendid black turkeys. In 1896, the Gaymers cider-making plant was built in Attleborough and soon became the largest employer in the town.
Turkey sales made the town a thriving centre in the 1930s, but the two on the town sign are said to recall the days when Attleborough turkeys had their feet dipped in tar to withstand the journey along roads to the London markets.
The nearby town pump was built to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and was given a fresh look for the present Queens Golden Jubilee.
St Marys Church has Saxon foundations but is built in Norman and early English style.
Its squat tower was once at the centre of a much larger building and boasted a spire, said by some to have come crashing to earth about 300 years ago.
Inside is the rood screen (pictured below) for which the church is chiefly noted. Dating from about 1500, the oak screen is 52ft long and is the only one in Norfolk to extend across the nave and both side aisles.
The town has one of the best Christmas lights display in East Anglia.
Attleborough is well-placed as a base for visiting the tourist havens of the area Banham Zoo, Bressingham Steam Museum and the green acres of Thetford forest.