North Walsham’s historic Market Cross to take centre stage

A removable stage is being provided for events at North Walsham's Market Cross. Picture: ARCHANT

A removable stage is being provided for events at North Walsham's Market Cross. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Colin Finch

It has been at the heart of the town for centuries - and now more events could be staged at the historic Market Cross in North Walsham.

The ancient structure is already the focal point at the town's annual Christmas lights switch-on.

Now a moveable stage is being created for use in the ancient structure as part of a possible move to make it more of a hub for entertainment.

The stage will also protect the cobbles in the Market Cross, which dates back to the 17th century.

North Walsham Town Council, which owns the Grade 1 listed building, has agreed to pay around £950 for the new stage as part of the first part of a renovation programme.


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Work agreed with Heritage England includes restoring or replacing a plaque which has become worn.

Mayor Barry Hester said: 'The most likely way forward is put in a replacement plaque so the original can go in a museum.'

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