Search

Incredible photographs of Dereham throughout the years.

PUBLISHED: 20:00 20 October 2017

Dereham Market Place in 1965. Picture: Archant Library

Dereham Market Place in 1965. Picture: Archant Library

Archant

Dereham is situated right in the heart of Norfolk, and it is Breckland District’s second largest town with its origins dating back to the Saxon era.

The power presses in 1917.  Picture: Archant Library The power presses in 1917. Picture: Archant Library

Farming, industry and religion have always been an important part of Dereham’s history, and while many of its earliest buildings were destroyed by a fire in the 17th century, the magnificent church of St Nicholas and Bishop Bonner’s cottage - a wonderful 16th century building - remain today as living reminders of the town’s rich history.

The cottage was named after Bishop Edward Bonner, who was the rector of the town in the 1500’s. He was nicknamed ‘Bloody Bonner’ for his persecution of Protestants while he was Bishop of London during the reign of Queen Mary.

The former Norwich Co-operative Society shop in Norwich Street, Dereham in 1930. Picture: Archant Library The former Norwich Co-operative Society shop in Norwich Street, Dereham in 1930. Picture: Archant Library

The town also has a strong military heritage, and through the decades its streets and bustling Georgian marketplace have hosted many parades honouring the Armed Forces, past and present.

Copies of the images featured in this story are available to buy via our photo sales website.

The Dereham Boys Brigade on parade in 1971. Picture: Archant library The Dereham Boys Brigade on parade in 1971. Picture: Archant library

Richard Garrett factory Dereham dry cleaning machines, May 1, 1974. Picture: Archant library Richard Garrett factory Dereham dry cleaning machines, May 1, 1974. Picture: Archant library

Other news

Hundreds of East Anglia’s children have booted up and headed to Norfolk for one of the county’s largest youth football tournaments.

Norfolk residents may spot some familiar sites in the newly released trailer for the BBC’s latest thriller.

Norfolk is gearing up to welcome the King of Pop, Lionel Richie, to Holkham Hall this weekend.

Here is a collection of some of your finest photographs from some of Norfolk’s best-loved towns and villages.

Most Read

Norfolk is gearing up to welcome the King of Pop, Lionel Richie, to Holkham Hall this weekend.

Read more
United Kingdom

Hundreds of East Anglia’s children have booted up and headed to Norfolk for one of the county’s largest youth football tournaments.

Read more

Here is a collection of some of your finest photographs from some of Norfolk’s best-loved towns and villages.

Read more
Fakenham
Thu, 15:42

A dog walker has spoken about finding a “tiny”, newly-born common seal pup on a Norfolk beach.

Read more
National Trust
Thursday, February 1, 2018

News that Lionel Richie will be performing in Norfolk has left hundreds of residents eager to get their hands on tickets but others have been left feeling apprehensive due to memories of last summer’s chaotic Tom Jones concert.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Fakenham and Wells Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy