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    Norfolk Tourist Information / Towns & Villages

    Aylsham lies in the Bure Valley. Surrounded by rolling farmland and woods, it is a pretty market town (population approximately 5,900) which provides services to the wider rural area and small villages.

    Having experienced no disastrous 17th or 18th century fires, the historic core of the town is identified by the remarkable survival of the medieval street pattern and 240 buildings are listed (20% of all listed buildings in the district of Broadland). The parish church of St Michael and All Angels is a fine example of Gothic architecture and a landmark in the town.

    Other characteristics of the town are narrow alleys known locally as ‘lokes’, some leading to open yards, and the domestic scale of the centre. In 1997 a survey of historic gardens in Aylsham was published by the Norfolk Gardens Trust; this highlights a number of sites as being of particular historic importance, notably the Cemetery, The Orchards, Woodgate House, the Manor House and West Lodge.

    The Bure Valley Railway, a narrow-guage steam railway linking Aylsham to Wroxham and the Norfolk Broads, is located at the old railway station on the south side of the town.

    Aylsham Market operates in the Market Place on Mondays and Fridays with stalls offering household goods, clothes, books and plants. A permanent stall sells fruit and vegetables and there is a fish stall three days per week. The markets are popular and create a good atmosphere for local people to meet and talk. There is a successful Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday in every month, with a variety of food and craft stalls. The town also has a large saleyard and auction rooms on a site between Hungate Street and Norwich Road. There is a weekly auction market which attracts people from miles around and antique, book, furniture and picture sales are held regularly.

    Aylsham’s markets are key to the vibrancy of the town. People come from the surrounding rural area and from further afield to find a bargain, meet friends and relatives and make use of the shops and facilities in the town.

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