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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 charity which failed in its attempt to purchase a garden centre has said it is on the look out for a “failing business” to buy.

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A popular miniature railway in its 30th anniversary year will reopen again this weekend following lockdown closure.

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A stock car racer is planning to leave Norfolk to pursue his NASCAR dream in the US.

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A charitable organisation hopes to raise £800,000 to transform a former garden centre into a training and development centre for disadvantaged people.

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An appeal has been launched to save a heritage centre which attracted about 2200 visitors last year but has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A thriving bike shop in north Norfolk is for sale with the owners keen to take early retirement.

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Poll Should Black Boys pub change its name?

Friday, June 12, 2020

The name of the Black Boys hotel in Aylsham could be reviewed amid the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the removal of public statues with links to slavery or racism.

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A new chapter beckons for a popular curate from a north Norfolk church.

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Nominations from the public are sought for this year’s Aylsham Show Food and Drink Heroes.

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A head has expressed “absolute faith” in her team to move a school forwards after an Ofsted inspection found it ‘requires improvement’.

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The one-day Aylsham Show, which attracted about 17,000 visitors last year, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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A Norfolk school has submitted plans for an eco-classroom.

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From fresh fruit and vegetables to locally made gin, many businesses right here in Norfolk are helping ensure local people get the items they need through home delivery services.

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Tributes have been paid to former president of the Aylsham Show and “true gentleman” Ben Rust who died at home, aged 99.

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A boy has written a thank you letter to the man who replaced his BMX bike after it was stolen from school.

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A boy is “devastated” after his bike was stolen from a school.

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A top Norfolk tourist attraction threatened to refer a council to a national watchdog for an alleged “dereliction” of legally required maintenance.

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Residents at a north Norfolk care home have smiles on their faces after receiving dozens of letters and postcards from random people across the UK.

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Fire crews spent the night at the scene of a major blaze at a former chicken farm in Marsham, near Aylsham.

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A busy road between a new housing estate, the town centre and a school could seenew walking and cycling paths developed.

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A trail of lights in the sky that has fascinated stargazers the world over have been spotted above North Norfolk.

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A teenager who is just one of a handful across the country with a rare brain condition has defied the odds to celebrate his 17th birthday.

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A disused care home is set to be demolished to make way for more than a dozen new homes in a Norfolk town, despite fears over the impact on people living nearby.

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Missing 70-year-old man found

Thursday, December 26, 2019

A 70-year-old man, who went missing from Aylsham while visiting his family has been found.

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The chance to bag a prize-winning fresh bird for the Christmas dinner table is set to bring hundreds of bidders to traditional festive poultry auctions across Norfolk.

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Hundreds of turkeys, geese, ducks and chickens will go under the hammer at an annual poultry sale in north Norfolk.

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A fish and chip shop could be closed for several months after a blaze ripped through the premises while a town’s Christmas lights were being switched on.

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A forgotten architect from the 17th century who rivalled Sir Christopher Wren during his lifetime has been remembered in north Norfolk.

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A north Norfolk auction house takes a starring role in an episode of BBC2’s Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

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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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