Look to the future with a browse through the past

People have been invited to share their knowledge of North Walsham’s history as part of a project to revitalise the town.

Architectural investigators from Historic England are urging residents to come forward with photographs, information and memories to help inform and inspire the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project.

The project, which was awarded £975,000 by the government, is focused on the medieval Market Place and the Grade I-listed Market Cross, and will see the restoration and re-purposing of historic buildings, including the former town council offices at The Cedars.

Photos: North Walsham & District Community Archive

As part of the first such study of the town, investigators will explore buildings and delve into the archives to produce a Historic Area Assessment – and they need the help of the public.

Historic England is keen to hear from anyone with old photos or information, particularly relating to the buildings in and around Market Place and Market Street, including any early or unusual features.
Dr Emily Cole, senior architectural investigator for Historic England, said: “We’re excited about the possibility of uncovering knowledge, memories, photographs and documents that will tell us more about North Walsham’s buildings and reveal the town’s fascinating past.

“We’re really hoping this will give us a great opportunity to engage with and chat to residents and locals about the town’s history.
“This in-depth survey, the first of its kind for North Walsham, will help the High Street Heritage Action Zone to revitalise the heart of the town and will increase appreciation of its unique character.”

Additional government funding of £1.17m has been invested by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Getting Building Fund.
The HAZ project will also promote cultural and community activities, reduce traffic and make improvements to the Market Place area.
Richard Kershaw, North Norfolk District Council’s portfolio holder for sustainable growth, said: “The council is so pleased to be working with Historic England on this exciting project and I encourage residents to contribute by submitting items of interest and help put North Walsham on the map as the vibrant, fascinating town it is.”

To share your historical and architectural gems, contact Jenni Jordan, North Walsham High Street Heritage Action Zone Project Manager, at northwalsham.hshaz@north-norfolk.gov.uk by March 1.

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