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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.

An exhibition at a public gallery showcases the talents of a member of the Roy's of Wroxham family.

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The success of East Anglia's wheat and barley harvest is being undermined by an inability to export the surplus due to the shifting sands of Brexit, says a Norfolk grain trader.

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A garden centre once owned by a man who was jailed for stealing almost half a million pounds from his elderly mother is holding a closing down sale.

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A drop-in public meeting will be held at Aylsham Town Hall to discuss the expansion of two wind farms off the Norfolk coast.

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An iconic red telephone box could be used to house a bottle filler for water in a north Norfolk town.

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The three-day Aylsham Food Festival proved a popular success in its 14th year with hundreds enjoying the great choice and extra entertainment.

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The three-day Aylsham Food Festival is proving a popular treat with hundreds enjoying the great choice and extra entertainment.

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This year's Aylsham Food Festival is a sell-out.

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A prime-time TV audience of millions awaits for an unsung Norfolk hero and her heart-warming mini donkeys - which will feature in an advert break during Britain's Got Talent on Saturday.

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Duckin' and diving' took on a new meaning with boxer Scott Moises who is quitting fighting.

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One of the nation's finest collections of vintage tractors has raised thousands of pounds from buyers across the world after going under the hammer in Norfolk.

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Seven works by a Victorian taxidermist go under the hammer in a Norfolk auction house.

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About 17,000 visitors are expected to flock to the parkland of the National Trust's Blickling Estate today to enjoy the Aylsham Show, which celebrates the countryside, farming and food.

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One of the earliest printed editions of the Magna Carta is to go under the hammer in Norfolk.

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It's an achievement that Graeme Johnston believes may never be repeated.

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A car and music festival in Aylsham raised more than £2,500 for Kidney Care UK and was attended by more than 2,000 visitors.

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A car once owned by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein will be on show at a classic vehicles and live music event.

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A butcher's tribute was among the winners at the annual Aylsham In Bloom traders' competition.

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More than 100 classic vehicles will be on show at a community fundraising event in Aylsham.

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A care home has been rated as inadequate for the second consecutive time - but improvements have been made.

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A Norfolk domiciliary care agency has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Organisers of the Aylsham Show want to hear from new small businesses, as it relaunches its Food and Drink Hero Award.

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New Aylsham Show president Clare Buxton is "honoured" to be taking on the role after 17 years' service.

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A second memorial lecture on celebrated landscape gardener Humphry Repton will be held at Aylsham parish church.

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A farmer is calling on police to catch the people behind two arson attacks in north Norfolk.

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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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