Abbey
Priory

Wymondham

Introduction

An attractive, historic Norfolk market town with the massive towers of its Abbey set against the green fields of the Tiffey valley.

HISTORY
Wymondham's history can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times. The Domesday Book records the ownership of the local manors being with Stigand, the last Saxon bishop of East Anglia. Following the Norman Conquest, the manors were seized and handed over to William d'Albini. He founded the priory which later became Wymondham Abbey.

The pleasant market place with the Market Cross at its centre carries indications of the history of the town through the years. Many of the inns and taverns - there were 33 in the town in 1622 - can still be seen and recognised by name. The current Market Cross was built after the 1616 fire, its uses went beyond those of the market - from it proclamations were made, sermons were preached and in front of it executions were carried out.

During the Second World War much of East Anglia was home to American servicemen, and the main military hospital for Amercian servicemen was close to the town. After the war the Nissen huts of the hospital became the dormitories and schoolrooms of Wymondham College, then a Norfolk LEA boarding school. Today it remains one of the two state boarding schools in the country, with pupils from near and far, from Wymondham itself to the other side of the world. Only two Nissen huts now survive.

The railway came to Wymondham in 1845, adding to its importance on the main coaching road from Norwich to London. Today the visitor by road must make a specific diversion to visit the town, but the centre - aided by substantial free car parking - is well worth a visit for history and for shopping
 
GEOGRAPHY
Wymondham is around 9 miles (14km) south of Norwich, with the A11 providing excellent links between the two areas. The train service between Norwich and Cambridge stops in the town, providing an alternative link. The town is also surrounded by the smaller villages of Wreningham, Ashwellthorpe and Little Melton.
 
ATTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

Banham Zoo –a fun filled day out, the zoo is home to almost 1000 animals from around the world including, Tigers, Giraffes, Zebras, Penguins and Camels, amongst others. Open daily from 10am, Banham Zoo is 25 minutes from Norwich, 45 minutes from Yarmouth on the B1113.

Playbarn - an activity Centre for children under 7 with an indoor Play area, Children's Farm, Nature Trail and Pony Rides, located 10 minutes from Norwich on the B1332.

Dinosaur Adventure Park – here you can take part in a Scavenger Hunt, Track T-Rex, ride on Raptor Racers, dig for fossils and follow the Dinosaur Trail. You can eat at Dippy’s Diner and visit the Gift Shop. The park is 9 miles from Norwich, on the A47.

UK Parachuting – Skydiving centre with over 30 years of experience in tandem skydiving and accelerated freefall courses. Located just outside Attleborough in Old Buckenham.
  

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015