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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.

Police have arrested two men following a burglary in Hevingham, near Aylsham, yesterday.

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A retired nurse from Norfolk has highlighted the county’s role in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 in an historical novel.

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Final preparations are being made for one of the county’s biggest open-air events.

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Nearly 40 entries competed for top prizes in the annual Aylsham in Bloom traders’ competitions.

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A group of travel agents from Norfolk have picked up their paintbrushes to decorate a sensory room for adults with learning and physical disabilities.

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It was once the hub of the village and the new people at the Black Boys in Aldborough aim to spend about £50,000 to restore it to its former glory.

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Conservationists have welcomed the replacement of difficult to negotiate stiles with gates at a public footpath.

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Four Staffordshire pottery mementoes of a grisly Victorian double murder sold at auction for a total of £1,420.

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Santander’s North Walsham branch will be shut temporarily from today until August 22 while a complete refurbishment is carried out.

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Four airmen who died when their plane crashed during the Second World War are to be remembered at a memorial.

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Four Staffordshire pottery mementoes of one of Norfolk’s most notorious Victorian murderers are to go under the hammer.

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The first new chess club to be set up in Norfolk in many years was officially launched at a “berries and bubbles” event.

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A cellar comprising several hundred bottles of top-quality vintage wine will go under the hammer as part of a three-day sale.

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Beer lovers will be able to enjoy a special brew to celebrate the first ever Norfolk Day.

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Staff at Aylsham-based Kier Environmental Services have threatened to go on strike after allegations of being “disciplined, bullied and intimidated by the managers and supervisors” for years.

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Pupils at one north Norfolk school will have slightly divided loyalties when England take on Colombia in the World Cup.

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Simple and effective ways to protect horses and yards from the highly infectious disease strangles is the theme of Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s latest free evening of expert talks.

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It was a bed fit for a king - and specialist textile workers at a facility in Norfolk have spent more than 10 years restoring it.

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A book on the Norfolk work of landscape gardener Humphry Repton, whose bi-centenary is now being celebrated, was presented to Alan Titchmarsh.

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The first new chess club to be set up in Norfolk in many years will be competing in the county league from later in the year.

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The Mannington estate in north Norfolk will join in the celebrations for the first Norfolk Day by offering half price entry into the gardens for the day.

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A six-week consultation has started on a draft neighbourhood development plan which will help shape the future of two north Norfolk villages.

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A rescued horse is celebrating his 21st birthday at a Norfolk horse sanctuary.

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Three lots signed by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood will go under the hammer to help boost the Norfolk Nook children’s hospice appeal.

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A celebration of rural churches and communities that was hailed a success last year is returning over three months rather than just one.

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A final call has gone out to find the very best among Norfolk’s food and drink producers – with the chance to win tickets to a top county agricultural show.

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Eleven Charles Dickens’ first editions including a three-volume Oliver Twist are among 1,350 items going under the hammer in Norfolk next month.

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A book written by volunteer researchers on the Norfolk work of one of Britain’s greatest landscape gardeners, whose bi-centenary is now being celebrated, will be launched tonight.

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Two Norfolk women woke up to blisters, aches and pains on Sunday morning after they took on an extremely unusual fundraising challenge – walking 26-miles on three legs.

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The mother of an RAF soldier who died in a motorcycle is taking on an unusual fundraising activity to raise money for the air cadets, an organisation she says helped to shape her son’s career.

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Fifty stalls, eight top chefs, two great parties - Reepham is nearly ready.

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An epilepsy suffer died after a fall, Norfolk Coroner’s Court heard.

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Parents at Cawston Primary Academy have been sent a message warning them that a man in a van has been approaching children and offering them a ride.

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A London Marathon runner is looking forward to a “lovely stroll” around the Blickling Estate when he takes part in the Walk for Parkinson’s.

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Visitors to the Blickling Estate will experience something different this season with an art installation marking a new chapter for the National Trust’s greatest book collection.

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Folk music from Britain and the US will be spotlighted in the spring concert at St Mary’s Church in Worstead.

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A north Norfolk brass band wowed the audience with a special concert at St Nicholas Church in Dereham.

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Artwork on offer at Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual art sale was inspired by survivors of a notorious farm.

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Summer is on its way and Mannington Hall, near Aylsham, held an open garden last Sunday as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS).

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Organisers of a Norfolk car boot sale have appealed for help from the public after a portable toilet was stolen.

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This will put a smile on your face.

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Vodafone customers in Cawston can expect to enjoy faster 4G mobile data speeds as well as reliable 3G voice signal, thanks to network improvements.

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A new exhibition looks at life in Broadland during the First World War. Items on display include a photo album of a museum volunteer’s family, letters written from the home front, a bayonet and sword from the time, posters from the home front, knitted poppies, and a display of a Broadland family at home at the time, Reporter DAVID BALE went to the Museum of the Broads to speak to curator Nicola Hems and find out more.

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More than 100 people turned up at a public meeting to try and save a popular north Norfolk pub.

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Your views have been sought on what should be done with a historic former ironmongers in the heart of Aylsham.

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A public meeting is being held tonight to try and save the Erpingham Arms pub in north Norfolk.

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It was another lovely 1940s event at Whitwell and Reepham Railway.

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A concert in Aylsham church will celebrate the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, the great landscape designer of the 18th century.

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Many of last year’s winners were on show at the launch of the Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards 2018 today.

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The buyer of the former Clarke’s ironmongers in Aylsham market place is looking for a commercial tenant to take over the ground floor of the historic building.

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Norfolk residents are being asked to unite with thousands of people across the UK and Walk for Parkinson’s at the Blickling Estate on Saturday, May 12.

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A team of 12 intrepid property, agricultural and auction professionals have raised more than £1,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance after taking part in a tough and muddy 10km race.

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Schoolchildren have been learning that you can eat smoked salmon raw, and other valuable information, as part of a day of food science.

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Patients in North Norfolk and rural Broadland are set to be the first in the county to benefit from improved access to local GP services through a new pilot project.

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A stunning pony rescued from the horrors of a Buckinghamshire farm 10 years ago is being launched as a Norfolk horse sanctuary’s adoption star.

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Police believe three burglaries in Aylsham could be linked.

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It’s been a fixture in Aylsham’s Market Place for more than 100 years - but one of Norfolk’s oldest bookshops needs a new owner.

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Updated: Three people treated after fire at sheltered housing

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Three sheltered housing residents were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a flat.

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North Norfolk’s first Starbucks Drive Thru will open its doors in Aylsham on Saturday, March 17, creating 11 new jobs.

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A woman missing from Aylsham has been found safe and well.

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North Norfolk is set to get its first Starbucks coffee shop.

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About 200 people took a trip down memory lane at a north Norfolk railway society’s steam engine running and beer festival.

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A family-of-four who were left with no heating in their home for seven days after numerous delays with fuel delivery now have to cope with a burst pipe.

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Police are warning residents and retailers to be extra vigilant after reports of fake £20 notes being exchanged in North Norfolk and Broadland.

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Communities across Broadland are being urged to get involved in a nationwide litter clear-up in March.

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From acorns to wrens and conkers to dandelions - a Norwich bookseller and local author hope their new initiative will see children explore nature through words.

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Visitors are urged to book early for a host of events celebrating the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, one of Britain’s greatest landscape gardeners, who is buried in Aylsham.

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The old post office in Aylsham could be turned into a fitness centre.

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A Norfolk council could stop funding the maintenance of an historic church clock, which was installed in Victorian times.

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An independent brewery in north Norfolk has created a new ale to raise money for the Nelson’s Journey bereavement charity.

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The sister of a mentally ill man who died after being tranquillised in hospital has slammed the region’s mental health trust for not addressing problems with the practice sooner.

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A new large-scale sports facility near Norwich is one of 15 projects which could benefit from a £2.4m pot of cash.

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A popular railway path between Norwich and Aylsham could be cut in half unless a bridge along the route is repaired.

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Students from Aylsham High School designed an interactive working model of the Blickling Estate’s lake source heat pump complete with a donations box to help the National Trust’s ongoing conservation work.

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A high-flying Norfolk man is getting the engine running on a jet-setting career move which will see him run races watched by 300 million people.

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Tributes have been paid to a “one-off” live music promoter, photographer and writer.

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Another North Norfolk district councillor has quit the Conservative group, in the latest in a string of similar resignations.

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A driver failed to stop after a car collided with a cyclist on the A140.

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A rare hardback edition of Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beauty has raised vital funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary at auction.

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A north Norfolk school has been collaborating with the company behind the Norfolk Vanguard off-shore wind farm project,

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Toys and presents collected by the Aylsham and Sheringham branches of Hays Travel for their fifth annual Santa’s Sleigh Appeal have been handed over to the regional children’s charity Break.

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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb told a classroom of children at Erpingham Primary School that his job was “never boring”.

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A community shop that was saved from closure earlier this year has made it through to the finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars.

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Members of a Cromer disability support charity can look forward to a special Christmas party, thanks to a £200 donation from a local bank.

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National Lottery players can get in free to see the gardens at Blickling Hall on Wednesday, December 13, as the National Trust says thank you to people who have raised money for its conservation work by buying a lottery ticket.

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The number of people seeking help at the Cromer and district foodbank rose by 15pc this year.

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Christmas starts early in Lammas with villagers holding their annual festive fayre this weekend.

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Is your name Gidney and has your family lived in Aylsham since the 18th century?

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Aylsham grandfather-of-seven Robin Rush received his MBE from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

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Visitors can choose from a range of Christmas present ideas at the Norfolk Christmas Fair at the Great Barn at Oxnead Hall, near Aylsham.

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A housebuilder made a Second World War pillbox the centrepiece of a memorial garden at its new development in Aylsham.

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Firefighters cut two people free from cars after a two-vehicle road crash in Salle in north Norfolk on Sunday.

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Cheques totalling more than £5,000 were handed over to worthy causes after a very successful Skeyton michaelmas trosh.

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An animal charity has been praised for its campaign urging people to speak out about a highly contagious horse disease.

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A man has been arrested after tyres were slashed on at least 15 cars overnight in Cawston, near Aylsham.

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A family has spoken of being left “devastated” after their 175-year-old barn was gutted in a fire.

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We take a look at the finalists in the Skills of Tomorrow category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

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Reepham and its surrounding villages have a new police beat manager.

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Ninety children from a north Norfolk school visited the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham, as part of their eco week.

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Five hundred years ago Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses in Wittenberg, Germany.

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