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Population: 5,504

Nearby Towns: Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham

Aylsham sits by the River Bure and was once a busy port handling boats carrying grain, coal and timber.

The town was founded around 500AD by an Anglo Saxon called Aegel. The cloth industry was important in its medieval history and Henry VIII granted a Saturday market.

Markets and a busy auction room remain important today, along with tourism – with visitors drawn by the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway and the nearby National Trust stately home of Blickling Hall. The Trust also owns the predominantly Georgian Market Place.

Since 2002 Aylsham has had Cittaslow status, making it part of an elite international group of communities embracing a slower life style, strong community values and where locally-produced food is championed.

A resident in Reepham was puzzled when she spotted a white transit van parked on the driveway on Thursday.

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The prayers of villagers living in a Norfolk wi-fi dead-spot have been answered. Faster broadband is on the way thanks to the local church.

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Generous shoppers have donated hundreds of pounds in just one month to a long-running Norfolk charity which supports blind and visually-impaired people.

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A summer fair is being held at Wolterton Park in north Norfolk to support the work of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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More oak trees are being planted at Erpingham church, near Aylsham, to commemorate the battle of Agincourt.

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Two regional community projects have been selected to receive £1000 each, as part of the Persimmon Homes Anglia Community Champions scheme.

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Taxpayers in Breckland still receive the cheapest rate of council tax in the county, according to district councillors - despite them voting for a 6.6 per cent increase.

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Patients and staff are being taught how to quit smoking at a residential hospital for people with learning disabilities.

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A woman in her 20s had to be cut free from the wreckage by firefighters.

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The Earle Arms on The Green, Heydon, near Aylsham, has been shortlisted for country pub of the year in the BBC Countryfile magazine awards.

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A mental health patient was kept in a police cell for three days in King’s Lynn because no bed could be found for him.

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A campaign has been launched to save a community-run shop that has been a fixture in a Norfolk village since the 17th century.

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Theresa May failed to quell business uncertainty over Brexit as she delivered a warning to her European counterparts that she would be willing to walk away with no Brexit deal.

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For more than 100 years it served as an important transport link between Norwich and the Midlands.

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A man who died while driving on the A140 in Hevingham has been named as 43-year-old Christian Nash.

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The battle-lines for the North Norfolk constituency look set to be re-drawn for the next general election.

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East Anglia’s harvest is set to ramp up a gear in the coming days as farmers take advantage of the hot, dry weather to gather their cereal crops – with hopes that less favourable conditions elsewhere could boost their prices.

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An ancient craft, which helped power the medieval economies of Norfolk and Suffolk, is weaving its way back into the limelight.

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Bus blocks Aylsham town centre

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A road in Aylsham town centre was closed this afternoon following an accident involving a bus.

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Special assemblies are also being planned to warn pupils of the dangers of online grooming.

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Wood carvings were stolen during a burglary in Great Witchingham.

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Two churches have been damaged in arson attacks in Aylsham - just days apart.

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Whether you’re preparing for one of the cycling events taking place across Norfolk this summer, or just out for a leisurely ride, there are plenty of beautiful places to go and brilliant routes to take. Here are six of the best bike rides Norfolk has to offer.

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Town councillors have vowed to take action after a pensioner was left lying on the ground in the pouring rain waiting for emergency services after being involved in a collision with a car in Aylsham.

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A woman in her 80s suffered serious injuries after being knocked over by a Land Rover in Aylsham.

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