Aylsham stands on the side of the valley of the River Bure. A Saxon settlement that developed into a thriving market town. In medieval times weaving of cloth and linen and later wool became the dominant material. Following the industrial revolution corn, timber and allied farming trades took over.
The market square is still the site of a weekly market and the shops around the square and nearby roads are well worth visiting. If you are looking for a bargain look in at the Monday auction houses.
Look out for Red Lion Street near the Market Square. Before the by-pass that road took all the traffic through the Town!
The Church is worth visiting and Humphry Repton the famous landscape architect of Sheringham Park fame is buried in the churchyard.
Aylsham is the main terminus of the Bure Valley Railway. A 15’’ gauge railway runs for 9 miles to Wroxham, though open Norfolk countryside. Steam locomotives are the main source of power, although some diesel engines are on the rolling stock. In conjunction with Broads Tours of Wroxham a combined train broads cruise [1½ hours] ticket is available. Wroxham, ‘Capital of the Norfolk Broads’ is a busy town.