How you’ve changed! Can you recognise Dereham from these old photos?

The old Kings Arms Hotel. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

The old Kings Arms Hotel. Picture: Gordon Olley archive - Credit: Gordon Olley

Have you ever wondered how the streets and buildings of Dereham have changed over the past century or so?

The old Currys Cycles. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

The old Currys Cycles. Picture: Gordon Olley archive - Credit: Gordon Olley

While we have lost many architecturally interesting buildings over the years the town has been fortunate to retain a great deal of its important heritage.

But, as with all market towns, many old shops and businesses have now gone.

Gordon Olley, who was a photographer in Dereham for many years, has put together a fascinating then-and-now series of pictures from his archives to show how our town used to look.

There is a great deal of interest in old photos as evidenced by a talk and slideshow he presented for Dereham Photography Club last month which was packed.

The old L Milk. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

The old L Milk. Picture: Gordon Olley archive - Credit: Gordon Olley


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He will be putting on the same show again on Thursday, November 9 at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Rooms in Toftwood for the people how could not get in or missed the previous show.

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Park Road, Dereham. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

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Church Street, Dereham. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

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Cowper Road, Dereham. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

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High Street, Dereham. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

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Swaffham Hill, Dereham. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

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Wellington Road, Dereham. Picture: Gordon Olley archive

Wellington Road, Dereham. Picture: Gordon Olley archive - Credit: Gordon Olley

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