Your Town | Aylsham

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.

Melanie Macrow, Smokefree adviser, and Victoria Astley at Cawston Park. Picture: Jeesal Cawston Park

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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Jo and Andrew Harrison-Taylor, landlords at the Earle Arms. Picture: David Bale

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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Picture posed by model of man in a police cell. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

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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Itteringham community shop. Picture: David Bale

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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Montage of Theresa May's Brexit speech

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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epu going green march 2015 cycling Part of Marriotts Way, a route popular with walkers and cyclists..  Photo Michael Hawes.

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

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The scene of the accident on the A140, north of Hevingham

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

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Aylsham is set to move into the North Norfolk constituency at the next election .  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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

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A tractor and combine harvester in a field of corn

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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Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Syers hold their annual open day at the Weavers Workshop in Dilham. Tim Martins, Rug Weaving.


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
The Sanders bus on Red Lion Street in Aylsham

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

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Aylsham High School. 


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

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The wooden carvings stolen in the raid in north Norfolk.

Wood carvings were stolen during a burglary in Great Witchingham.

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St. Michael's Church at Aylsham.

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

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The Broads are brilliant for many activities, including cycling. 


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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The new East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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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The East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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

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Eggburt after hatching at Aylsham High School yesterday.

There are four new arrivals at Alysham High School that have hatched just in time for Easter.

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An open day viewing of some of the 1380 lots up for auction at the Key's auctioneers fine art sale at their Aylsham show room from Tuesday 15th March to Thursday 17th March 2016. Pictured is Kevin Lines of Key's Auctioneers looking at the rare set of Colin Self's etchings which are expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000. 


A rare set of etchings by Norfolk “pop” artist Colin Self are set to go under the hammer this week alongside works by distinguished East Anglian landscape artists in an auction of nearly 1,400 paintings, antiques and collectables.

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

An Aylsham road has reopened after a van with a gas cylinder inside caught fire.

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Wymondham Abbey, The Lake at Raveningham Hall and Marriott's Way.

Norwich is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Here are nine of our favourite places around 30 minutes from the city by car.

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