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Acle is a flourishing market town with some very attractive 17th and 18th century buildings and a church which is more than 900 years old. It is situated 10 minutes east of Norwich and 8 miles west of Great Yarmouth with good rail connections to both places.

A small market is held every Thursday, vastly different from the traditional livestock market of years gone by.

The church of St Edmund is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk and the round stage of the tower is the oldest part of the church, thought to be Saxon in origin and dates between 850 and 950 AD.

In 2000 Acle won the ‘Eastern Daily Press’ ‘Village of the Year’ competition and is considered to be the gateway to the Norfolk Broads and is the starting point of many boating holidays.

Acle has many amenities including a library, two schools and recreational facilities. Two miles from the centre is Acle Bridge where there are two boatyards which offer boat hire and an excellent view of the River Bure. The annual Acle Sailing Regatta takes place west of the bridge, which attracts sailing boats from all across the Broads.

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Interesting facts about Acle

  • "Acle" means "oaks lea", which is a clearing in an oak forest. During Tudor times many oak trees were felled here for timber to construct Elizabeth I's warships
  • Acle has the only bridge across the River Bure, between Wroxham and Great Yarmouth
  • Howlett & Edrich established their auction business on the present site in Acle in 1919 and it continues to run as a successful auction centre today, now called Horners

Map of Acle

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