Beautiful old images show historic market town Aylsham over the years

Aerial view of Aylsham, dated July 1976
. Photo: Archant Library

Aerial view of Aylsham, dated July 1976 . Photo: Archant Library

Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we focus on Aylsham, a historic market town situated on the River Bure.

Fresh fruit and veg on Aylsham Market Place, dated 13th May 1993. Photo: Archant Library

Fresh fruit and veg on Aylsham Market Place, dated 13th May 1993. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

The pretty, historic town of Aylsham has long been a leading light in promoting, producing and selling local goods.

It is surrounded by farmland with a rich agricultural heritage, has welcomed markets, sales and fairs to its market place since the 13th century and in 2004, Slow Food Aylsham was launched, part of a global organisation bringing together food, the community and the environment.

The weaving of cloth brought prosperity to the town during medieval times, followed by corn, timber and agriculture during the 19th century. These days it still retains that hustle bustle, with plenty of independent businesses and food producers, a lively social scene, quaint lanes to explore and historic buildings to admire.

Copies of the images featured in this story are available to buy via our photo sales website.

Sawyer Andy Woods cuts a block of Portland stone on a diamond-tipped circular saw, dated 29th July 1

Sawyer Andy Woods cuts a block of Portland stone on a diamond-tipped circular saw, dated 29th July 1990. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library


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Aylsham market place, dated November 1989. Photo: Archant Library

Aylsham market place, dated November 1989. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

West Lodge in Aylsham, dated 26th May 1993. Photo: Archant Library

West Lodge in Aylsham, dated 26th May 1993. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

British Friesians in the grand parade of cattle at the Aylsham Show, dated 1st September 1969. Photo

British Friesians in the grand parade of cattle at the Aylsham Show, dated 1st September 1969. Photo: Archant Library

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