Aylsham is a bustling market town that stands next to the River Bure. There are many fine 17th and 18th century buildings and an impressive mid-Victorian watermill whose ancestry can be traced back to the Domesday Book; up until 1969 it was still working but became redundant as a result of a business merger.
Aylsham was famed for its linen and canvas industry during the 14th century and then later on became renowned for its weaving of woollen and worstead cloths. Sadly this industry was killed by the development of the knitting frame.
Standing near to the market place is the flint-faced church of St Michael. Within its 14th century tower there is a ring of ten bells, considered one of the finest rings in the county. In the churchyard, by the south wall of the chancel, is the tomb of Humphrey Repton, who was a great 18th century landscape gardener.
The town’s market place has stalls trading on most days and sale-rooms selling antiques.
Aylsham Show is held annually in Blickling Park on August Bank Holiday Monday and is one of the largest one-day shows in the country.
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