Beautiful old pictures show Downham Market over the years

Onlookers seized every vantage point as they watched the floats pass during Downham Market's Carniva

Onlookers seized every vantage point as they watched the floats pass during Downham Market's Carnival procession. 25th May 1981. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we take a nostalgic look back at Downham Market, a lovely market town situated on the edge of the Fens on the River Great Ouse.

Shoppers in Downham Market, 31st August 1991. Picture: Archant Library

Shoppers in Downham Market, 31st August 1991. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

Standing on high ground above the fenland, Downham Market is one of Norfolk's oldest market towns - dating back some 2,000 years, and some of its historic past is still evident today, including its landmark black and white town clock standing guard, looking over the comings and goings in the marketplace for the past 150 years.

Life today, just as has been the case for hundreds of years, is strongly linked to the river Great Ouse and its channels, which surround the town - from industry and recreation to community celebrations and events along the banks.

Copies of the images featured in this story are available to buy via our photo sales website or alternatively can be ordered by phone on 01603 772449

Hoping for luck: The horseshoe throwing contest gets underway at the start of Downham Market Festiva

Hoping for luck: The horseshoe throwing contest gets underway at the start of Downham Market Festival, 1995. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant


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Crow Hall in Downham Market, February 1979. Picture: Archant Library

Crow Hall in Downham Market, February 1979. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

Mr. Len Aldridge, a senior railwayman, whose efforts helped Downham Market railway station gain the

Mr. Len Aldridge, a senior railwayman, whose efforts helped Downham Market railway station gain the award, 2nd March 1981. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

Downham Market Town Centre with Castle Hotel on the junction of the High Street
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Downham Market Town Centre with Castle Hotel on the junction of the High Street . Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

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