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Population: 5,504

Nearby Towns: Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham

Aylsham sits by the River Bure and was once a busy port handling boats carrying grain, coal and timber.

The town was founded around 500AD by an Anglo Saxon called Aegel. The cloth industry was important in its medieval history and Henry VIII granted a Saturday market.

Markets and a busy auction room remain important today, along with tourism – with visitors drawn by the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway and the nearby National Trust stately home of Blickling Hall. The Trust also owns the predominantly Georgian Market Place.

Since 2002 Aylsham has had Cittaslow status, making it part of an elite international group of communities embracing a slower life style, strong community values and where locally-produced food is championed.

A kissing gate was dedicated in memory of Jeanne Le Surf, former ‘Rambler’ in the Eastern Evening News, at the Mannington estate in north Norfolk.

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It’s famed for its relaxed atmosphere and welcoming people, and now a national newspaper has discovered the many charms of Aylsham in north Norfolk. Reporter DAVID BALE spoke to community leaders and shopkeepers to find out why it’s such a great place to live and work in.

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A laptop computer was stolen in Aylsham.

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Restoration work at a stream on the Blickling estate will help improve the water quality of the lake and hopefully lead to the return of plantlife.

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Delays in getting the right fencing posts to form part of a £50,000 revamp of the Marriott’s Way means drivers will face disruption on a Norwich ring road roundabout from today.

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Built to tackle the harshest of terrains, its origins date back to post Second World War Germany.

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A north Norfolk woman whose father had a heart attack is running the London Marathon for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

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A stock car driver is on the mend after being taken ill ahead of a fight night event two weeks ago.

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The Blickling Estate team scooped a national award for its creative art installation, the Word Defiant!

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Bags of dog poo were left at a children’s park in Norfolk just days after another play area in the county was targeted.

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Blickling walk in memory of husbands

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Two friends have organised a sponsored walk at the Blickling Estate in memory of their husbands who died of rare forms of cancer.

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Four Norfolk attractions have been recognised by a national tourism board for providing excellent visitor experiences.

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Diesel from a lorry’s fuel tank was spilled on a road following a two-vehicle crash in north Norfolk.

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An MP has praised pupils at a Mid Norfolk school for writing to him about their concerns for the plight of refugees around the globe.

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Charities, community groups and other good causes received cheques totalling £31,250 from the Aylsham Show.

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A £500 donation to Norfolk Army Cadet Force from Aylsham Round Table will be used to buy new tents.

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A north Norfolk woman who lost her husband has described a project that helps people borrow dogs as “the best bereavement counselling I could think of”.

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A Norfolk bridge which was fenced off due to health and safety concerns is still yet to reopen.

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They were the stars of Hollywood comedies with their names up in lights around the world.

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Pioneering women in Broadland who made valuable contributions to their community have been honoured at the launch of a council’s first blue plaque scheme.

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They were once Norfolk’s arteries, conveying residents and visitors in their thousands across the county for business as well as pleasure.

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Two specially-commissioned footballs created by Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger are on show at Youngs Park, the home of Aylsham Football Club.

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It’s been a fixture in Aylsham for more than 100 years, but a newsagent and bookshop is downsizing and moving to a smaller building along the Market Place.

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Updated Three-vehicle crash in north Norfolk

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Emergency services were called to a three-vehicle crash between Cawston and Aylsham today.

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New specialist departments, including toys, musical instruments, and architectural, are planned at a Norfolk auction house.

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A couple are settling in to their new surroundings in north Norfolk after taking over a village store and post office.

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The forgotten £500,000 fortune of a 70-year-old woman who died more than a decade ago is one of dozens of unclaimed estates with links to Norfolk and Waveney.

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Hundreds of turkeys, geese, chickens and ducks from local producers will go under the hammer at an annual Christmas poultry sale.

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Christmas shoppers are heading to a new store in north Norfolk that offers the personal touch not available on social media.

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Three much-loved Norfolk churches will receive a share of a £429,211 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.

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Woman dies at Blickling Hall

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A female visitor to Blickling Hall in north Norfolk died after falling ill, despite efforts to revive her by emergency services, a spokesman for the National Trust property said.

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A bridge that has been fenced off due to health and safety concerns will not reopen until January.

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A football coach mentor from Aylsham has graduated from university after completing a course delivered at St George’s Park, the national football centre.

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Employers’ increasing efforts to stamp out drink-driving after Christmas parties has been illustrated by a seasonal surge in self-test breathalyser sales, said a Norfolk manufacturer.

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Church attendance has been falling for decades, but one Norfolk vicar thinks he may have hit upon a way to get more people involved.

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A national animal rescue charity based in north Norfolk has been recognised for their “innovative approach in promoting horse health”.

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Thousands of visitors are expected to enjoy the Christmas tree festival at Aylsham Parish Church, which is part of an extended weekend of celebrations in the town.

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Former Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron was one of the guest speakers as a Norfolk school held its first faith festival.

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A review into the current state of the National Cycle Network has found nearly half of routes around the country are unsafe for 12-year-olds.

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Norfolk has been named one of the top counties for exploring England’s historic churches.

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A charity trampolining event raised £3,000 for the coronary care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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Introducing the finalists in the Environment and Sustainability category of the Norfolk Business Awards 2018, sponsored by Lovell – and what our judges thought of them.

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The family of a 30-year-old north Norfolk man have commemorated the 100th anniversary of his death during the First World War.

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Some of the biggest questions in life such as ‘how does God fit into the Big Bang theory?’ will be discussed as part of a series of autumn talks at a Norfolk church.

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A travel consultant has spoken of how her husband’s life was saved by the coronary care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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A trio of siblings has organised a fundraising extravaganza to raise money for a trailer trike, so they can go out as a family with their little sister, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

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A north Norfolk village may be small in population but it packs a big punch when it comes to over 60s walking football.

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One of the county’s best-known pub/restaurants has received a £500,000 refit and is looking to re-open under new tenants.

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Excitement is building ahead of Aylsham’s Model Railway Exhibition with the ‘Loco Doctor’ set to be a popular attraction again.

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A cash boost to community transport projects, worth £32,000, will help people living in rural communities in north Norfolk.

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Relatives of four airmen who died when their plane crashed during the Second World War attended the unveiling of a plaque in their memory.

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The Beast from the East had been blamed for many things, but the damage it caused to a popular Norfolk pub is only now being put right.

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Music, magic and memories are on the menu at this year’s Aylsham Food Festival.

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Police have arrested two men following a burglary in Hevingham, near Aylsham, yesterday.

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A retired nurse from Norfolk has highlighted the county’s role in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 in an historical novel.

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Final preparations are being made for one of the county’s biggest open-air events.

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Nearly 40 entries competed for top prizes in the annual Aylsham in Bloom traders’ competitions.

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A group of travel agents from Norfolk have picked up their paintbrushes to decorate a sensory room for adults with learning and physical disabilities.

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It was once the hub of the village and the new people at the Black Boys in Aldborough aim to spend about £50,000 to restore it to its former glory.

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Conservationists have welcomed the replacement of difficult to negotiate stiles with gates at a public footpath.

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Four Staffordshire pottery mementoes of a grisly Victorian double murder sold at auction for a total of £1,420.

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Santander’s North Walsham branch will be shut temporarily from today until August 22 while a complete refurbishment is carried out.

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Four airmen who died when their plane crashed during the Second World War are to be remembered at a memorial.

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Four Staffordshire pottery mementoes of one of Norfolk’s most notorious Victorian murderers are to go under the hammer.

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The first new chess club to be set up in Norfolk in many years was officially launched at a “berries and bubbles” event.

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A cellar comprising several hundred bottles of top-quality vintage wine will go under the hammer as part of a three-day sale.

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Beer lovers will be able to enjoy a special brew to celebrate the first ever Norfolk Day.

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Staff at Aylsham-based Kier Environmental Services have threatened to go on strike after allegations of being “disciplined, bullied and intimidated by the managers and supervisors” for years.

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Pupils at one north Norfolk school will have slightly divided loyalties when England take on Colombia in the World Cup.

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Simple and effective ways to protect horses and yards from the highly infectious disease strangles is the theme of Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s latest free evening of expert talks.

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It was a bed fit for a king - and specialist textile workers at a facility in Norfolk have spent more than 10 years restoring it.

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A book on the Norfolk work of landscape gardener Humphry Repton, whose bi-centenary is now being celebrated, was presented to Alan Titchmarsh.

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The first new chess club to be set up in Norfolk in many years will be competing in the county league from later in the year.

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The Mannington estate in north Norfolk will join in the celebrations for the first Norfolk Day by offering half price entry into the gardens for the day.

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A six-week consultation has started on a draft neighbourhood development plan which will help shape the future of two north Norfolk villages.

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A rescued horse is celebrating his 21st birthday at a Norfolk horse sanctuary.

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Three lots signed by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood will go under the hammer to help boost the Norfolk Nook children’s hospice appeal.

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A celebration of rural churches and communities that was hailed a success last year is returning over three months rather than just one.

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A final call has gone out to find the very best among Norfolk’s food and drink producers – with the chance to win tickets to a top county agricultural show.

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Eleven Charles Dickens’ first editions including a three-volume Oliver Twist are among 1,350 items going under the hammer in Norfolk next month.

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A book written by volunteer researchers on the Norfolk work of one of Britain’s greatest landscape gardeners, whose bi-centenary is now being celebrated, will be launched tonight.

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Two Norfolk women woke up to blisters, aches and pains on Sunday morning after they took on an extremely unusual fundraising challenge – walking 26-miles on three legs.

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The mother of an RAF soldier who died in a motorcycle is taking on an unusual fundraising activity to raise money for the air cadets, an organisation she says helped to shape her son’s career.

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Fifty stalls, eight top chefs, two great parties - Reepham is nearly ready.

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An epilepsy suffer died after a fall, Norfolk Coroner’s Court heard.

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Parents at Cawston Primary Academy have been sent a message warning them that a man in a van has been approaching children and offering them a ride.

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A London Marathon runner is looking forward to a “lovely stroll” around the Blickling Estate when he takes part in the Walk for Parkinson’s.

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Visitors to the Blickling Estate will experience something different this season with an art installation marking a new chapter for the National Trust’s greatest book collection.

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Folk music from Britain and the US will be spotlighted in the spring concert at St Mary’s Church in Worstead.

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A north Norfolk brass band wowed the audience with a special concert at St Nicholas Church in Dereham.

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Artwork on offer at Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual art sale was inspired by survivors of a notorious farm.

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Summer is on its way and Mannington Hall, near Aylsham, held an open garden last Sunday as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS).

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Organisers of a Norfolk car boot sale have appealed for help from the public after a portable toilet was stolen.

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