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Your Town | North Walsham

Population: 12,463

Nearby Towns: Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham

Like its better known village neighbour Worstead, North Walsham’s early prosperity was due to the cloth of incoming Flemish weavers.

In 1381 it was a battlefield at the climax of a Peasants’ Revolt, which saw the peasants defeated by the heavily armed forces of the Bishop of Norwich and the peasants’ leader Geoffrey Litester hung drawn and quartered.

Paston Sixth form College includes buildings from the old school bearing the same name where Horatio Nelson was educated from 1868-1771.

A great fire in 1600 destroyed 118 homes and the previous market cross.

Today’s town has a busy market, a £5m Atrium arts centre, and Davenport’s Magic Kingdom museum and performance centre.

Photo: Sonya Duncan

Rail passengers have today been facing disruption on many services in and out of Norwich.

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The Norfolk Motorcycle Museum in North Walsham is run by father and son team George and Steve Harmer. 
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It started out as just one man’s collection, but it now attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Roger Smith from packaging firm TCL talks to students at a 'speed-mentoring' event at North Walsham High School. Picture: Newman Associates

Around 30 professionals are embarking on a two-year mentoring scheme with pupils at a Norfolk school.

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Nearly 30 public call boxes will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Nearly 30 public call boxes - many of them the classic red box - will be removed from towns and villages in north Norfolk, following a consultation with BT.

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Bus in North Walsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Tweets giving out false information from Sanders Coaches - claiming they are on strike - have been reported to Twitter.

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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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Len Fiske (left) outside the North Walsham butchers shop he worked at, with wartime pal Paddy Fleming. Photo: supplied

Len Fiske spent three and a half years as a prisoner at Japanese camps during the Second World War and his stepson Robert Craske, 69, said the veteran never fully forgave the Japanese.

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North Walsham Velo members gather at the town's Market Cross before one of their Sunday morning rides. Picture: NORTH WALSHAM VELO

A cycling club set up two years ago in north Norfolk by friends who wanted to lose weight and get fitter now has some 120 members.

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Dennis Morris at former RAF Coltishall. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

When former Battle of Britain station RAF Coltishall closed in 2006, Dennis Morris joined the ranks of those passionate about preserving its heritage.

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Anne Newton and John Archibald with members of Victory Housing Trust staff who have become Dementia Friends. Picture: Andy Newman

More than half the staff at a north Norfolk housing association have signed up to become Dementia Friends – just three weeks after a member of staff suggested adopting the initiative.

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Oxbridge students with Katharine Day and Paston College principal Kevin Grieve. Picture: PASTON COLLEGE

A record nine Paston College students have been offered university places at Oxford and Cambridge from September.

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Ian Kiy. Picture: NORFOLK POLICE

Police are appealing for help to trace a wanted man.

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Luke Paterson, Paterson Ag.

Two Norfolk farmers were given the chance to discuss their industry’s future with key decision-makers after winning the 2017 Norfolk Scholars competition.

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North Walsham Rotary President John Grier presents the certificate and badge to a delighted Denis Lee. Picture: PETER MAYNE

A local businessman has been recognised for his work in the community.

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Tammy Sheridan, modelling one of the wedding gowns at the Happisburgh Church, in August 2014. Picture: Maurce Gray,

A mother of two who battled the odds after being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and vowed she would encourage others with the disease to fight back, has died aged 36.

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Some customers who bought the Ooberstick thought it would give them access to Sky. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A North Walsham man has been arrested after customers alleged they were sold set-top boxes for their television sets which did not work.

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Mary Harmer with her Women in Football Referee of the Year award. Picture: NICK GARNHAM SUFFOLK FA

A former north Norfolk schoolgirl has been named Women in Football’s Referee of the Year.

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Gallery: The dates which shaped our city explored in new book

Monday, December 12, 2016
Kindra Jones with her new book, Norwich in 100 Dates.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A Norwich historian and author - who immerses herself into the past through costumes and performances - has released a book documenting Norwich in 100 dates.

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Visiting academics and their hosts at the tomb of Sir William Paston in North Walsham's St Nicholas Parish Church. Picture: PASTON COLLEGE

A group of prestigious international academics began their research for an important exhibition with a trip to Norfolk.

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Christmas lights switch on in North Walsham, 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Her Britannic Majesty’s former ambassador to Colombia, Sir Thomas Duggin, and his wife, Lady Jeanette, were the VIP guests at North Walsham’s Christmas lights switch-on this evening.

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John Howes at home at Costessey, slowly recovering from being electrocuted. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A Costessey man has spoken today of the daily struggle he faces two years after he came into contact with a power line carrying 11,000 volts of electricity.

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Cromer Railway Station. Photo : STEVE ADAMS

Sheringham and Cromer fear being left on the slow track to economic growth if they miss out on a proposed half-hourly train service to Norwich.

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Zak Burrell, who is wanted by Norfolk police. Picture: NORFOLK POLICE

Police are appealing for help to trace Zak Burrell, who is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

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Jon Howes, of Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY.

“Their failings have destroyed my life.” These are the words of a man who sustained life-changing injuries when he suffered a massive electric shock while at work.

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Spectators at the match in memory of football fan Jamie McCann at Cromer Football Club. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A large crowd cheered on a charity football match in memory of a devoted dad.

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Cromer Railway Station.  Photo: STEVE ADAMS

Concerns have been raised that coastal towns could miss out on promised improvements to rail services if a new station is built on the edge of Norwich.

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One of Nenta Traintours' locomotives. Picture: Ray Davies.

Train enthusiasts are being given a rare opportunity this November – to ride the rails all the way to York and back.

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A Bittern Line train travelling into Sheringham.

 Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Hopes of persuading rail chiefs to build a new station on the edge of Norwich, and run more trains on north Norfolk’s Bittern Line have edged a little nearer.

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Fire crews were called to the scene.

An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital after sustaining serious injuries during a fire at Barton Turf, near Stalham.

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Broadland Business Park. Picture: Mike Page

Councillors have agreed to establish a project board aimed at exploring the possibility of a new rail station on the edge of Norwich.

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An Abellio Greater Anglia train. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A signalling problem caused delays on the rail line between Cromer and Sheringham on Tuesday morning.

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Broadland Business Park. Picture: Mike Page

A new railway station on the outskirts of Norwich could cost more than £6.5m to build, a study has revealed.

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Jamie McCann. Picture: SUBMITTED

Shockwaves have been breaking through Cromer following the tragic death of a popular resident.

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Re-enactors with the Paston Heritage Society, Pat Dawson, left, and Anne Digby, at the workshop for the 600 Paston Footprints project, passing on skills about the Paston era including natural dying of wool and Lucette, an old form of french knitting. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“You are so lucky to have the Pastons’ story and their letters as part of Norfolk’s history but it’s so amazing that you can be in the county and you would hardly know.”

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HSBC bank in North Walsham to close

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Another Norfolk town is to lose a bank branch following a wave of recent closures.

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Norwich Railway Station. Commuters passengers passing throught the barriers to the trains. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich is one of the places in Britain with the fewest number of railway stations per population, new research has revealed.

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Broadland Business Park. Picture: Mike Page

The prospect of a new railway station being built on the edge of Norwich has today moved another step closer.

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A man is in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash in North Walsham.

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Paul Seaman, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's project lead, welcomes the new initiative.

A life-saving partnership which will see firefighters from seven Norfolk stations deployed to cardiac arrests, alongside ambulance crews, will start today.

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Special Constable Suzannah Thomas. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Suzannah Thomas, 37, is one of 12 new special constables who began patrolling the county last month following an official attestation ceremony at Norfolk Constabulary’s Wymondham headquarters.

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Police close Stow Heath Road in Felmingham after a fire at a farm on Sunday afternoon. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Fears were sparked that people could breathe in toxic fumes after a farm building caught fire at a north Norfolk village.

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A police officer has been dismissed after being convicted of drink-drive-related offences.

A Norfolk police officer who was convicted of two drink-drive-related offences has lost his job.

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Drury's in North Walsham which is celebrating it's 70th year in business. Pictured are Alister Wait, Director and Kevin Robotham, company secretary with the newly installed the Materials Recovery Facility. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A pioneering environmental services and transport firm has invested more than half a million pounds in new machinery, and is calling for a “waste revolution”.

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From left: Rev Paul Cubitt, Vicar of North Walsham, Maj Gen Sir William Cubitt (no relation), president of the Royal British Legion (RBL) in Norfolk, Colin Chambers, North Walsham RBL chairman blowing the whistle, Joseph Ballard, director of Arts North Norfolk. Behind them is the East window of North Walsham Parish Church, which is dedicated to the town's First World War victims. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Some 50 people gathered in North Walsham churchyard early this morning to remember those killed in the Battle of the Somme, which began 100 years ago.

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Preston Fulcher

The family of a North Walsham teenager who died in a crash near to the town on Sunday have paid tribute to their “beautiful, precious boy”.

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The Benjamin Foundation's Winston Court in North Walsham. Manager Wayne Miles with residents Ryan Spencer Matt O'Connor.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

For the hundreds of young homeless people who have passed through its doors, Winston Court has provided them with the support needed to get their lives back on track.

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The scene of the RTC in Westwick where flowers were left after a serious collision occurred at 3am on Sunday morning. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A 19-year-old man who died in a car crash near North Walsham on Sunday morning has been named locally as Preston Fulcher.

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The road leading into Westwick between North Walsham and Coltishall where a serious collision occurred at 3am on Sunday morning. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A man in his late teens has died after suffering serious head injuries after a crash near Westwick in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Ken and Karen Henry in a Saxon Motors lorry.

 Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A couple who drove a lorry load of aid from Norfolk to help Christmas flood victims in York have been nominated for an award.

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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.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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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Shoppers wait outside Sainsbury's in North Walsham for the

Smoke from a faulty compressor led to Sainsbury’s supermarket at North Walsham being evacuated this morning.

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A woman was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a car crashed into a hedge.

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Rehearsing with director Pol Heyvaert, young singer singwriters from Norfolk who have created the show Wild Life for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
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A team of young singer-songwriters are preparing to take to the Norwich Playhouse stage with a show inspired by their music. Arts correspondent Emma Knights finds out more.

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An Abellio Greater Anglia train. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Train services between Norwich and Sheringham are delayed by up to 40 minutes due to a points failure at Cromer.

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The railway bridge on Aylsham Road in North Walsham which was struck by a shipping container being hauled by an articulated lorry.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Trains have been delayed and vehicles diverted in North Walsham after a lorry hit the railway bridge on Aylsham Road.

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East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Gorleston.

Plans for two high schools and two sixth forms to create a pioneering academy trust may proceed without one of the sixth forms.

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Supporters and staff at North Walsham's New Road car wash . 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A thriving north Norfolk business has been ordered to close, with the loss of six jobs, because of complaints about a noisy vacuum cleaner.

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Joeseph Ballard of Arts North Norfolk with donated knitting which is part of a secret project due to be unveiled during the festival week. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A bloody medieval battle which put North Walsham on the history map will be recreated this summer - in a mass community dance.

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Clifford Pardon of North Walsham has been jailed for 17 years after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls in the 1980s. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

A 73-year-old man has been jailed for 17 years after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls in the 1980s.

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Audrey and Roy Haynes who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on March 17th.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A husband and wife who are both twins are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today.

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12 year-old Jorja Smith has rare cancer with no idea of how long she has left, her family are raising money for her bucket list with first on the list is a trip to London. Pictured is Jorja with her Beads of Courage. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Like most 12-year-olds, Jorja Smith dreams of doing and seeing exciting things.

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Man sexually assaulted in North Walsham

Thursday, February 25, 2016
CCTV picture released by police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after a sex assault in North Walsham.

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