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Incredible photographs of Dereham throughout the years.

PUBLISHED: 20:00 20 October 2017

Dereham Market Place in 1965. Picture: Archant Library

Dereham Market Place in 1965. Picture: Archant Library

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Dereham is situated right in the heart of Norfolk, and it is Breckland District’s second largest town with its origins dating back to the Saxon era.

The power presses in 1917.  Picture: Archant LibraryThe power presses in 1917. Picture: Archant Library

Farming, industry and religion have always been an important part of Dereham’s history, and while many of its earliest buildings were destroyed by a fire in the 17th century, the magnificent church of St Nicholas and Bishop Bonner’s cottage - a wonderful 16th century building - remain today as living reminders of the town’s rich history.

The cottage was named after Bishop Edward Bonner, who was the rector of the town in the 1500’s. He was nicknamed ‘Bloody Bonner’ for his persecution of Protestants while he was Bishop of London during the reign of Queen Mary.

The former Norwich Co-operative Society shop in Norwich Street, Dereham in 1930. Picture: Archant LibraryThe former Norwich Co-operative Society shop in Norwich Street, Dereham in 1930. Picture: Archant Library

The town also has a strong military heritage, and through the decades its streets and bustling Georgian marketplace have hosted many parades honouring the Armed Forces, past and present.

Copies of the images featured in this story are available to buy via our photo sales website.

The Dereham Boys Brigade on parade in 1971. Picture: Archant libraryThe Dereham Boys Brigade on parade in 1971. Picture: Archant library

Richard Garrett factory Dereham dry cleaning machines, May 1, 1974. Picture: Archant libraryRichard Garrett factory Dereham dry cleaning machines, May 1, 1974. Picture: Archant library

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