Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Reepham is an attractive and historic market town situated between the Bure and Wensum valleys. Ian Clarke discovers what is has to offer.
Where is Reepham?
Reepham is about 11 miles north west of Norwich, 14 miles south west of Cromer and 10 miles north east of Dereham. It is on the B1145 road.
At one time three churches stood in the churchyard. St Marys is now the single parish church, and St Michaels, although consecrated, is mainly used as a community building. The third church was burned down in 1543.
The Market Place contains a variety of interesting buildings.
The market was founded in 1277 when Sir John de Vaux obtained a charter from King Edward I for a weekly market. The current market place is mainly 18th century.
The Old Brewery House (below) is a listed Georgian building built in 1729 and originally named The Dial House.
The Kings Arms is thought to be 16th century and was formerly a coaching inn.
Market day (pictured below) is Wednesday.
Reepham had been a minor centre for pilgrimage in the later middle ages due to a statue of the Virgin Mary. The Great Fire of Reepham in 1543 devastated many buildings which were constructed with revenue from pilgrims.