Not far from Attleborough is the market town of Wymondham (pronounced Wind-um) and we were fortunate to visit on a sunny, albeit cold Tuesday afternoon. Getting there was easy via a 9-minute train ride from Attleborough.
There is no longer a clerk on duty at the station, but the building is rented out and there is a lovely Station Bistro that attracts travellers and locals alike and we took shelter inside it while waiting for our train back to Attleborough.
On a neighbouring property (right beside the fence that separates it and the railway station in fact) we came across this life-size dragon rider. No idea who made it or why, but it made us smile!
The market town of Wymondham has a population of around 14,500 and is easily explored on foot from the station. It's history can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times and it was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The centre piece of the town is the Market Cross. This timber framed structure was built in 1617-1618 following the great fire that consumed Wymondham in 1615. (The arsonists responsible were hung in 1615.)
The tourist information office is located in the upper level.
One building that did survive the fire was the Green Dragon Tavern. It dates back to the 14th century and has been serving alcohol and food ever since.
|The Green Dragon on the far right|
|Off to the side is a court yard table area for warmer weather|
|Tables next to the bar|
We found a table in the next room and it too had a fireplace that John quite liked!
Although the pub was filled to capacity when we entered almost everyone had left by the time we were ready to leave so I took the opportunity to take some pictures.
All in all a super day. We also toured the incredible Wymondham Abbey with it's winged angel tresses so stay tuned for the next post. Cheers!
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