Dereham is an extremely popular market town located in central Norfolk – it classes itself as the heart of Norfolk as the car park of Tesco’s is the exact centre. Dereham dates back to the Neolithic Bronze Age. The towns name is derived from a local deer park which happens to not be around anymore. Sadly, most of Dereham’s traditional buildings were destroyed in a fire but you can find history in each corner of the town. Dereham dates back so far that its even in the Doomsday book! Notable buildings in the town include the Bishop Bonner's Cottage (the only building not to be destroyed by the fire). the Norman parish church, the East Dereham windmill which was extensively renovated in 2013 and a large mushroom-shaped water tower.
Property Types & housing market
Dereham can really cater to anything you are looking for, perfect properties for first time buyers as well as established family homes and everything in between. The average price of a sold property last year was just under £300,000, of course this varies due to style and condition of the home.
What to do in Dereham
Aside the bustling market town centre there is also a cinema and retail park. Driving slightly further out will lead you to the Holkham Hall and Houghton Hall Estates – popular with walker and day trippers, Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Bradenham Hall Gardens and many other attractions.
Throughout Dereham you will find plenty of schools for all ages as well as Scouts and Airt Training Corps. There is also a wide range of independent and chain shops throughout the town centre, as well as markets which are held on Tuesdays, there is a cinema which is classed as one of the smallest in Norfolk! A leisure centre, rail and bus links to surrounding main cities and towns, easy access to the A47 leading further to the A11 & M25, restaurant, cafes, takeaways and even free parking throughout the town centre (although some has a time limit). A slight drive out of the town will lead you to a retail park which offers a range of home furnishing and improvement shops as well as Tesco supermarket and petrol station.