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Your Town | North Walsham

Population: 12,463

Nearby Towns: Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham

Like its better known village neighbour Worstead, North Walsham’s early prosperity was due to the cloth of incoming Flemish weavers.

In 1381 it was a battlefield at the climax of a Peasants’ Revolt, which saw the peasants defeated by the heavily armed forces of the Bishop of Norwich and the peasants’ leader Geoffrey Litester hung drawn and quartered.

Paston Sixth form College includes buildings from the old school bearing the same name where Horatio Nelson was educated from 1868-1771.

A great fire in 1600 destroyed 118 homes and the previous market cross.

Today’s town has a busy market, a £5m Atrium arts centre, and Davenport’s Magic Kingdom museum and performance centre.

Police are appealing for information after a moped was left burned out in a town centre car park.

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A mystery Good Samaritan cleaned up chocolate smears left by vandals on gym equipment at a town centre park, CCTV footage has revealed.

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A student exchange programme with Germany thought to be the oldest still in operation in the UK will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday.

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The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have been particularly hard on the elderly. NATASHA SHERRY, house manager of Louis Arthur Court, a retirement village in New Road, North Walsham, reveals how she and the residents have coped.

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Staff at a north Norfolk hospital have praised the morale-boosting support they have had from the local community through lockdown.

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A popular dog grooming salon is set to move into the former location of a vape shop.

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As students returned to schools across the county, one town’s pupils were clearly glad to be back, with 99% in attendance.

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A cafe which has been at the heart of a town for three years is to move location due to new coronavirus rules.

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A town’s Christmas lights committee has turned to the community to fund its display after a turbulent year for traders meant the group did not want to rely solely on their donations.

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A veterinary clinic at the heart of a town for over 120 years will move to a new “state-of-the-art” surgery next week.

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A town shop has shown it thinks it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas after launching its festive aisle - in September.

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Delays are expected as temporary traffic lights and road closures are put in place in a market town in order to carry out drainage works.

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A cycling shop has said it has run out of bikes following a surge in demand during the pandemic.

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Buses will continue to follow a diversion around a town centre despite the road reopening last Monday.

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Plans have been made to demolish a bungalow in North Walsham and build five new homes in its place.

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A hedgehog rescue centre has said it has been inundated with calls from the public during the pandemic.

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A town’s Christmas lights switch-on has been cancelled over concerns as to whether social distancing will still be in place.

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A mother has pleaded with thieves to return £400 worth of wrestling outfits belonging to her 14-year-old son after they were stolen from a pub car park.

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The organiser of a petition against a shake-up to a roads network says he has welcomed its reopening, but remains frustrated picnic benches are still blocking off parking spaces.

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A long-standing motorcycle museum at the heart of a town has seen a spike in business as visitors flock to Norfolk for holidays.

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A town centre’s roads will reopen next week after petitions and protests from traders.

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A help group which has seen a surge in volunteers and people in need during the pandemic is to celebrate its fifth anniversary by bringing an afternoon tea to isolated people.

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A boom in business at one garden centre has continued post-lockdown as families hold barbecues and plan garden projects.

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A mysterious black powder found on a town park’s play equipment has caused concern among parents - but experts say it is safe.

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A town’s shoppers have been praised by traders for their reaction to new rules ordering the wearing of masks in shops.

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A busy road outside a school will be closed as a town faces more disruption.

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A petition launched against town centre road closures has gathered more than 1,000 signatures.

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The owner of a north Norfolk leisure centre said he was heartbroken he had to close its indoor bowls club permanently.

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‘Coronavirus wardens’ have been introduced in nine towns in order to ensure people are shopping comfortably and safely.

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A man has launched a series of motor racing fiction books after his wife was left permanently injured in a car crash.

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A shopkeeper has launched a petition after he said town centre road closures had cut his trade by a third.

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A library at the heart of a town will reopen its doors next week.

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Picnic benches and plant pots have been put in the middle of a town centre’s roads just days after traders and shoppers protested against road closures and pedestrianisation.

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Many business owners have just opened their doors for the first time in several months, and reporter DAVID BALE visited North Walsham town centre to see how independent shops were getting on post lockdown.

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Traders and shoppers took to the streets to protest against town centre road closures.

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A town’s pubs are looking forward to pulling pints once more as they prepare to reopen.

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Shop owners have reacted with fury after it was announced town centre roads would close for an unspecified amount of time from next Monday.

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A merger between two of a town’s football clubs will see them form one of the biggest clubs in the county according to its chairman.

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A shop owner has reacted with fury after it was announced a town’s Market Place would close for the second time this year.

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A woman has followed her dream of becoming a florist after deciding to start a new chapter when she was made redundant.

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A motorist got more than they bargained for when they failed to spot a pair of posts.

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A drive-in cinema is coming to a north Norfolk town for what could be the first time in decades.

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A family-run entertainment centre has said not being able to open up parts of the business is a “soul-destroying.”

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Eight people have been arrested after a group fight thought to have involved weapons broke out at Lidl.

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A final delivery of weekly parcels has been made to North Walsham hospital staff by its Friends group.

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Arrest after group fight at Lidl

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A man has been arrested after a fight thought to have involved weapons broke out at a Lidl store.

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One pub is hoping to make use of its large garden by reopening in a series of marquees.

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A town’s entertainment centre hopes to reopen its outdoor maze, bowling lanes, restaurant and play area next month.

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A new headteacher has pledged to return the school’s Ofsted rating to “good” following the announcement of his appointment this morning.

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A popular bar and bistro is set to open a new music venue and community space on its first floor.

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A high school at the centre of a community has began to reopen following lockdown closure.

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New gateway signs on the A-road approaches to North Walsham have replaced the rather old and largely un-noticed ones.

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You’d be forgiven for thinking the pandemic was over in one town this morning as shoppers flocked to its centre, however a large number of non-essential shops remained closed.

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The owner of a jewellers which reopened today has said that the next few months will decide the shop’s fate.

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A town’s branch of Costa Coffee is set to reopen this Thursday.

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North Walsham is famous for its pubs, with national media once calling it the “drinking capital of Europe” after the town was among the first to be granted the 24-hour drinking licence, but did you know about these boozers that have disappeared from its streets?

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Buy one, get one for a needy child – the new Norfolk business packing style and hope

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The owner of a town centre music shop which has been closed throughout lockdown has said it will not be able to reopen with other non-essential businesses on Monday June 15.

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A pet shop has said it had to ration purchases during lockdown as ‘ridiculous’ panic buying took hold.

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Dog walkers are being urged to avoid at least three popular parks and woodland areas in Norfolk after a deadly disease was discovered.

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A coffee business which began in a garage 21 years ago is preparing to restart after lockdown left it with little trade.

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A health and fitness centre at the heart of a community is set to reopen on July 4.

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One of a town’s hair and beauty salons has announced it is to reopen following lockdown closure on March 23.

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Rumours of dog thefts which have circulated among a number of communities have this afternoon been denied by police.

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A café at the heart of a community has reopened following its closure after lockdown.

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It was once named the “drinking capital of Europe” by national press when five of its pubs received the 24-hour drinking licence, more than anyone else on the continent, but the taps of North Walsham’s pubs have fallen dry during lockdown, with many not knowing when the next pint will be poured.

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One town’s long wait for fish and chips is set to end tomorrow.

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A shopkeeper has urged visitors to return to a town which has suffered from a double whammy of road closures and lockdown.

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A town’s popular market is set to return to its streets on Thursday, June 4.

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A town’s popular motorcycle museum is hoping to reopen in the coming weeks.

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North Walsham’s independent shops have been helping shoppers beat the queues during lockdown.

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An amazing collection of more than 250 pictures feature in a new book called North Walsham through the Lens of Fred Mace.

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Fifty bouquets of flowers were delivered to hospital staff as a thank you for their work during the coronavirus crisis.

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People in need in a north Norfolk town can now apply for small grants or supermarket vouchers to help tide them over, thanks to a £1000 donation to an emergency support fund.

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A retired dentist died in his home a week after developing suspected coronavirus symptoms, an inquest has heard.

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Businesses have had to adjust to a world turned upside down during the coronavirus lockdown.

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A historic drinking fountain could soon be spouting water again in the centre of a north Norfolk town.

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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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Transport providers in north Norfolk are offering help to those in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Town leaders are urging shoppers to keep visiting a Norfolk town, as the second phase of disruptive gas mains work starts.

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An MP’s claims that he “led the charge” in bringing a national pub chain to a Norfolk town have been branded “a load of rubbish”.

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A pub chain has claimed it has “improved its offer” to a council after its plans to move to a Norfolk town stalled.

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Pub chain J D Wetherspoon may have changed its tune over opening a new pub and restaurant in a Norfolk town.

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Fourteenth century costumes are being made in preparation for a festival in a Norfolk town commemorating the final clash of the Peasants’ Revolt.

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Traders in a Norfolk town claim they are losing 50pc of their business due to disruption caused by gas mains work.

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The results of testing for potential legionella bacteria at North Walsham and District War Memorial Hospital have come back negative.

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New location for town market revealed

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Gas works in a north Norfolk town have forced the weekly market to move location.

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Would your pooch be the perfect Toto?

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About £3,000 worth of gardening equipment and tools was stolen from several locked building within the grounds of a cemetery.

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Dog-owners have been told by a Norfolk council to stop pets running wild at a cemetery and to clear up after them.

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Hospital bosses are still waiting for the results of tests carried out following a possible legionella contamination.

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When Andrew Morton first opened his footwear repair shop in North Walsham 35 years ago, the future was bright.

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A Norfolk hospital is getting back to normal after fears were raised that the bacteria that can cause Legionnaire’s disease was discovered in a shower.

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Fears have been raised that bacteria which can cause Legionnaire’s Disease has been discovered in a shower at a Norfolk hospital.

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A long-running saga of a much wished-for JD Wetherspoon in a Norfolk town has taken another twist - with a meeting set to be held next week.

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About 30 volunteers planted 1,200 trees at a single event in north Norfolk.

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Students in north Norfolk will attempt to become official World Record holders later this year.

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