Wymondham  Norfolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wymondham like this:

WYMONDHAM, or Windham, a town and a parish in Forehoe district, Norfolk. The town stands on the Norwich and Thetford railway, at the junction of the line to Dereham and Wells, 9½ miles WSW of Norwich; grew around a cell to St. Albans abbey, founded in 1107 by W. D'Albini: was devastated by fire in 1615, and by plague in 1631; is a seat of petty sessions and county courts; stands on elevated ground, is irregularly built, and presents a somewhat antique appearance; carries on brewing and the manufacture of paramattas, nets, satins, and crapes; publishes a weekly newspaper; and has a head post-office,‡ a r. ...

station with telegraph, a banking office, a hotel, an interesting old market-cross repaired in 1863, a house of correction for females, a church, 6 dissenting chapels, a free grammar-school, national and British schools, charities £204, a weekly market on Friday, and three annual fairs. The church of the ancient monastic cell became partly parochial in 1249; was eventually denuded of its monastic attachments; underwent alterations and reconstructions in decorated and later English architecture; retains Norman portions of the original structure; was interiorly repaired in 1845; and has an E octagonal tower and steeple, and an unfinished W tower. Pop. of the town in 1851, 2,970; in 1861, 2,152. Houses, 546.—The parish is divided into Wattlefield, Sutton, Silfield, Town-Green, Market-Street, and Downham quarters; and comprises 10,613 acres-Real property, £20,267; of which £989 are in railways. Pop. in 1851, 5,177; in 1861, 4,952. Houses, 1,137. Kimberley Hall, Burfield Hall, Stanfield Hall, Cavick House, Wattlefield Hall, and Silfield Lodge are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £515.* Patron, the Bishop of N. A chapel of ease is in Wattlefield.

Wymondham through time

Wymondham is now part of South Norfolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Norfolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Wymondham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wymondham in South Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th May 2024

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