Stalham

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Stalham is a market town and civil parish on the River Ant in the English county of Norfolk, in East Anglia. It covers an area of 7.30 km2 (2.82 sq mi) and had a population of 2,951 in 1,333 households as of the 2001 census. It lies within the Norfolk Broads, about 15 miles (24 km) north-east of Norwich on the A149 road. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of North Norfolk. However, those parts of the parish lying adjacent to the river fall into the executive area of the Broads Authority. The nearest railway station is Worstead.

The 15th-century St Mary’s parish church has a rare 15th-century font which has survived because it was buried during the Civil War to prevent its destruction by Oliver Cromwell’s forces.

Through the 1960s Stalham suffered from a reduction of the agricultural labour force as a result of improvements in agricultural technology. Beginning in the 1970s, though, housing developments attracted people who took up residence in Stalham but worked elsewhere.

The Museum of the Broads moved to Stalham in 2000 and is situated on Stalham Staithe. It ‘aims to bring the history of the Broads alive for locals and visitors to Norfolk’ and is open to the public throughout the summer.

In 2002 Tesco built a supermarket in Stalham, with considerable controversy, with many residents fearing that it would “kill the high street”.

Note: this page is partly based on a Wikipedia page. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. Where possible, text is being updated to original, fully referenced research. ‘Our photos’ means we took the photographs. The Street View and street map visuals are courtesy of Google.

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