Visit Dereham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Dereham, Norfolk. When people say Dereham, it is East Dereham that they mean rather than West, which can be confusing as the two places are very different in size and some two dozen miles apart. East Dereham is famous for its association with the poet William Cowper (1731-1800) whose unhappy life at last ended in this Norfolk town. Here also lived Bishop Bonner, 1500(?)-1569, chaplain to Cardinal Wolsey, and former Bishop of London. The cottages in which he lived are now the home of the Dereham Archaeological Society, and are dated 1502.
St Nicholas' Church, joined to the Market Place by Church Street, is noteworthy for having two towers, one central, the other, the bell-tower, detached, and both in the same sturdy, uncompromising style. The church itself shows a mixture of styles from Norman (south doorway) to Perpendicular (the south porch, etc.). The seven-sacrament font, which it is of interest to note cost £12 13s 9d in 1468, is one of the county's loveliest, with finely carved panels and vaulted top. The lectern is East Anglian brass, c. 1500 and there is a monument to Cowper by the great sculptor, Flaxman. A well in the churchyard reminds the visitor of St Withburga, who founded a nunnery here and died in A.D. 654.
Around the charming market place are many notable buildings, including the Assembly Rooms, 1756; the George and King's Arms Hotels; the Corn Hall of 1857 and the many Georgian red-brick houses. Near the Bishop's cottages is the Guildhall, late 18th-century.
Spanning the road near the Market Place is an ornate gallows sign, erected to commemorate the town's 1,300th anniversary in 1954.
Less than 2 miles to the south is the village of Dumpling Green where the writer George Borrow was born in 1803.
About 11 miles. to the north west is Raynham Hall, built in the 17th century for Sir Roger Townshend, by William Edge. The interior was remodelled for the famous agricultural reformer “Turnip” Townshend, the second viscount, in the 18th century by William Kent.
Nearby cities: Norwich
Nearby towns: Aylsham, Attleborough, Fakenham, Swaffham, Watton, Wymondham
Nearby villages: Beetley, Bradenham, Elsing, Guist, Hingham, Kimberley, Necton, North Elmham, Swanton Morley, Whinburgh
Have you decided to visit Dereham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Dereham bed and breakfast (a Dereham B&B or Dereham b and b)
- a Dereham guesthouse
- a Dereham hotel (or motel)
- a Dereham self-catering establishment, or
- other Dereham accommodation