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Fantastic old pictures show Fakenham over the years

PUBLISHED: 18:30 22 October 2017

Fakenham from the top of the 115ft church tower on September 12 1959. Photo: Archant Library

Fakenham from the top of the 115ft church tower on September 12 1959. Photo: Archant Library

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Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we take a nostalgic look back at Fakenham, a lovely market town situated on the River Wensum.

The modern structure built to replace the old bridge over the River Wensum at Goggs's Mill, Hempton near Fakenham in 1954. Photo: Archant Library The modern structure built to replace the old bridge over the River Wensum at Goggs's Mill, Hempton near Fakenham in 1954. Photo: Archant Library

It is thought that the name Fakenham comes from the Saxon words for a fair place on a fair river - and this handsome, historic town nestled on the banks of the beautiful Wensum certainly remains as fair today as it did all those centuries ago.

Fakenham is well known for its market which dates back to 1250, selling agricultural products and cattle back in the 19th century.

Right in the heart of Norfolk, Fakenham has always bustled with industry, from factories and businesses to independent shops and a lively calendar of markets, festivals and fairs, rich in tradition and charm, and essential to the town’s economy.

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Aldiss department store in Fakenham, 1970. Photo: Archant Library Aldiss department store in Fakenham, 1970. Photo: Archant Library

Wayland factory in Fakenham, February 1961. Photo: Archant Library Wayland factory in Fakenham, February 1961. Photo: Archant Library

RC Edmondson Fakenham Ford dealers, August 1960. Photo: Archant Library RC Edmondson Fakenham Ford dealers, August 1960. Photo: Archant Library

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