An 87-year old guide recalls North Walsham’s colourful history

Bob White, left, and Brian Hedge with the reprint of an old book about North Walsham.Picture: ANTONY

Bob White, left, and Brian Hedge with the reprint of an old book about North Walsham.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

An 87-year-old guide to North Walsham, discovered in a town house, is being reprinted to cater for a burgeoning interest in the area's history.

Market Street, looking towards the parish church, in the 1920s. Picture: COURTESY BRIAN HEDGE

Market Street, looking towards the parish church, in the 1920s. Picture: COURTESY BRIAN HEDGE - Credit: Archant

North Walsham, With The Compliments Of John Dixon, was probably produced in 1927.

It was intended as an 'illustrated guide of interest to the home-seeker' and contains contemporary and old photographs and engravings of the town, information about North Walsham, and advertisements from local businesses.

Mr Dixon, who lived in Tudor House, on Grammar School Road, was a well-known businessman and a leading light in the community.

As well as working as an auctioneer, valuer and estate agent, he was manager of North Walsham gas works, superintendent registrar of Smallburgh Rural District Council, chairman of the North Walsham bench of magistrates, owned the Corn Hall in Bank Loke - and managed to find time to be North Walsham Parish Church's full-time organist.


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Mr Dixon was also at the forefront of the project to provide North Walsham with a cottage hospital, in memory of the area's First World War dead.

Bob White, owner of the town's Showcase Gallery, on Market Place, said the booklet was in wonderful condition and had been brought into him by a couple who were just moving out of a house on Mundesley Road and had found it in the building.

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He is having it reprinted and it will be launched at an audio-visual presentation at the town's Atrium on November 15.

Called: Those Were The Days, the new presentation will be given by Brian Hedge, of the North Walsham Community Archive Group, and will feature aspects of the town that have changed in the past half century.

Among photos in the John Dixon booklet is one of convalescing soldiers and nurses outside Wellingtonia, at 113 Mundesley Road, which was used as a Red Cross hospital in the First World War.

Another shows Bloomfield's wine merchant, on Market Street, which had a large function room at the back where bare-knuckle fights were sometimes held.

Tickets for the 7pm presentation cost £5. More information at theatrium.org.uk or ring 01692 218060.

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