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    Norfolk Tourist Information / Towns & Villages

    According to new research Dereham is the dead centre of Norfolk - well at least the town's Tesco car park is. The population currently stands at around 15,000.

    St Nicholas Church, with its separate bell tower, dominates the town centre. Georgian buildings welcome visitors to the High Street, and are also dotted around the market place.

    The decision by Withburga, daughter of a Saxon king, to set up a religious community in the 'Deer park' (which gives the town its name) after being inspired by a vision of the Virgin Mary must be among the town's defining moments.

    After her death pilgrims flocked to her grave, until her body was whisked away by the Abbot of Ely, jealous of the prosperity brought to the town by the pilgrims. Legend has it that a spring with magical properties immediately filled the desecrated tomb forming the 'Withburga Well' which can still be seen today.

    St Nicholas Church has a history going back to 654 AD when Withburga started the first Christian settlement here. The early church was destroyed in Danish raids about 870. The Normans rebuilt the church which was extended in the 13th & 14th centuries. The church has some beautiful painted Tudor ceilings & a font, screen and lectern from about 1480.

    In the 16th century the separate Bell Tower was built. The bell tower was used as a prison during the Napoleonic wars. In the graveyard is a memorial to a French soldier shot while escaping.

    The wide open area of the market place is in deep contrast to some of the narrow roads leading to it.
    Almost hidden among the shops on these narrow streets are several yards which now contain shops

    The 500-year-old Bishop Bonners Cottage which also houses the town's museum, is popular with townsfolk and visitors.

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