Wymondham and Attleborough

Wymondham (pronounced Win-dum), on the Norwich to Cambridge railway line, is full of ancient buildings including the Market Cross and the ruins of the 900 year old Benedictine Abbey in the Tiffey Valley. Just outside the town is Kett's Oak, named after landowner Robert Kett who led a peasants' revolt against enclosures of common land in Norwich in 1549. After giving the Kings' men a bloody nose he was eventually captured and executed at Norwich Castle with his brother William. The Wymondham Heritage Museum has an exhibit on Kett’s Rebellion. The town is also the eastern terminus of the Mid-Norfolk Railway to Dereham. A very different form of transport also finds its home close to Wymondham – the sports car manufacturer Lotus.

Nearby Hingham is a small but elegant town with a variety of Georgian and other period houses overlooking two pretty greens together with a stunning church.

To the west of Wymondham, on the A11, is the village-like Attleborough and close by is the renowned Peter Beales' Roses, winner of many Chelsea Flower Show awards, the English Whisky Company at St George's Distillery, the only one in the country, and the thirty-acre Banham Zoo, where you can see big cats including snow leopards, as well as giraffes, apes and monkeys.

This area of the county welcomed thousands of brave American airmen and crew during the second world war. Snetterton Circuit was originally fashioned out of redundant USAF runways and Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart flew out of, amongst others in Norfolk, Old Buckenham, still a pretty community which has the largest village green in the country.

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