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Ten Town Tour: Wymondham

Wymondham Abbey
Wymondham Abbey has been standing in the town since the 10th Century

Wymondham, pronounced "Windham", is situated in south Norfolk and is a long established market town. It is one of the largest parishes in the county, being home to 13,000 people in its 4,431 hectares (almost 11,000 acres) of land.

The origins of the name are uncertain but it is believed to be of Anglo Saxon origin and probably consists of a personal name, such as Wigmund or Wimund, plus "ham" meaning village or settlement.

The first market charter was issued by King John in 1204, although it was thought there was a market before that date. The charter was renewed by Henry VI in 1440 and a weekly market is still held every Friday in the town.

Wymondham was the first town in Norfolk to stage a Farmers' market in March 2000 and they are held on the third Saturday of every month.

Wymondham has had a number of key industries over the centuries - the town was once renowned for its woodturning and brush making, the latter of which lasted until the end of the 20th Century.

A famous landmark in the town is the twin-towered abbey, which was founded in 1107 by William d'Albini, chief butler to Henry I, as a priory and a cell for his brother's abbey at St Alban's.

In more recent times, Wymondham College, when it opened in 1951, was the largest state boarding school in Europe specialising in Mathematics, Science, ICT and DT.

Famous residents of the town include Robert Kett, instigator of Kett's Rebellion in July 1549, and in modern times Oliver Winterbottom, designer of TVR and Lotus cars, and travel writer Bill Bryson.

BBC Norfolk drives into Wymondham's New Co-Operative store (Market Place) on Thursday, 19 November, 2009.


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