North Walsham & District Community Archive

North Walsham Timeline

North Walsham Timeline

1080 - First appearance of town name - Domesday Book
1300s - Flemish Weavers settle in North Walsham
1330 - Building of St Nicholas Church commences
1381 - Peasant's revolt
1406 - St Nicholas Church completed
1549 - Oringinal Market Cross built by Bishop Thirlby
1600ish - Ivy Cottage, Aylsham Road built
1600ish - Kett's Corner (1 Mundesley Road) built
1600 - The Great Fire. Market cross repaired by Bishop Redman.
1602 - New Market Cross built
1606 - Paston Grammar School opened
1610 - Sir William Paston's tomb built
1692 - Original Quaker Meeting House built
1724 - Church Tower first collapse
1739 - North Walsham Workhouse started
1765 - New Paston School House built
1768 - Horation Nelson starts at Paston Grammer School
1772 - New Quaker Meeting House built on Mundesley Road
1786 - New North Walsham Workhouse built on Mundesley Road (Swafield Road)
1787 - Clock added to Market Cross (moved from Worstead Hall)
1797 - Norwich-North Walsham Turnpike opened
1809 - The Oaks Mansion built
1812 - North Walsham Canal opened
1820 - Methodist Chapel opens on Church Street
1820 - Randell's established
1826 - Church Rooms, Vicarage Street built
1828 - Fisher Theatre, Vicarage Street opened
1834 - North Walsham Workhouse closed (relocated to Erpingham)
1835 - Church Tower further collapse
1835 - Cubitt's Stores, 21 Market Place, opened
1836 - Church Tower final collapse
1844 - Fisher Theatre closes and National School opens in Vicarage Street Church Rooms
1846 - Vicarage Street Police Station & Firehouse built
1853 - The Maid's Head in Mitre Tavern Yard closed
1856 - Congregational Church, Cromer Road built
1863 - The Turnpike Gate pub on Norwich Road closed
1864 - The White Lion pub in the Market Place closed (and became Barclays Bank)
1865 - St Nicholas Works (foundry) opened on Mundesley Road
1874 - Manor Road School
1874 - North Walsham Main Station opened
1881 - Town Railway Station opened
1883 - North Walsham Fire Crew formed
1890 - Methodist Church on Grammar School Road opened
1892 - Paston school pavillion constructed on Station Road
1892 - The Mitre Tavern in Mitre Tavern Yard closed
1897 - Market Cross restored as a permanent memorial to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
1897 - Randell's in the Market Place built
1899 - Salvation Army Hall, Hall Lane built

1900 - Steam Laundry built
1901 - Town Hall, Kings Arms Street built
1902 - Youngman's Mill, yarmouth Road ceased working
1903 - Church Yard fenced
1903 - The Lawn private girls' school opened
1903 - Original police station
1904 - Rose & Crown on Bacton Road closed (became H. Grey Stores)
1906 - Steam laundry burned down
1906 - The Horseshoes in Mitre Tavern Yard closed
1906 - Agricultural Workers Union founded at The Angel Hotel
1911 - Coronation celebration in Market Place for King George V
1912 - Drinking Fountain (in front of Market Cross) unveiled
1912 - Newsham Fire Engine positioned in Market Cross
1912 - Picturedrome cinema opened
1914 - Market Cross conveyed to the town by the ecclesiastical commissioners
1916 - Co-Op on Market Street burns down
1919 - North Walsham Girls High School opens
1921 - New Co-Op on Market Street opens
1922 - Drinking Fountain moved to M&GN Railway
1922 - Buxton Villas, Station Road built
1924 - Cottage Hospital built
1925 - Current bell housing (lower) installed on church tower
1925 - Rackstraws opened
1928 - The "1928 building" at Paston was built
1930 - Market Cross included by the commissioners of works in the list of ancient monuments, the preservation of which is of national importance.
1930 - Nicholas' Rooms built
1930 - The Oaks Mansion on New Road demolished.
1931 - Picturedrome cinema closed
1931 - Regal cinema opened
1932 - Stump cross moved to Norwich Road by Water Towers
1933 - First houses on Millfield Council estate
1934 - Plaque added to Market Cross
1934 - Last trading wherry sailed on the canal
1935 - Silver Jubilee Sports at The People's Park
1935 - Catholic Church, Kings Arms Street built
1937 - Payne's sweetshop opened
1937 - King George VI coronation celebrations
1938 - North Walsham Secondary Modern School opened
1939 - Church Tower stabilisation work
1939 - The 1939 Building at Paston
1940 - Millfield Mill demolished
1940 - Oaks Lodge on New Road built
1942 - Fire Station moved to New Road
1948 - First houses on Park Estate occupied
1948 - North Walsham on BBC programme "Sunday Half Hour Broadcast"
1949 - Memorial Park opened

1952 - Coronation Walk, Kingsway, and Queensway built
1953 - Queen Elizabeth II Coronation celebrations
1953 - The Millfield Infants' School opened
1953 - Larger of the two water towers built
1955 - Restoration of St Nicholas south porch completed
1959 - Town Railway Station & M&GN line closed
1959 - Dog Yard demolished
1959 - "Gravel Hole Loke" becomes "Buxton Road"/"South Rise"
1960 - Greenway Close built
1960 - Oaks Lodge demolished
1960 - Hall Lane cottages demolished
1961 - The font cover was restored and the missing section replaced.
1961 - Labour HQ opens in Market Street
1961 - Cran Fruehauf opened on Cromer Road
1961 - The Anchor pub on Spa Common closed
1962 - The White Horse on White Horse Common closed
1964 - LeGrice Roses move to Norwich Road
1965 - The Wherry Inn on Bacton Road closed
1965 - The Dukes Head in Swafield closed
1966 - Post Office built on New Road
1966 - The Cock Inn closed
1967 - The Old Bear in Market Street closed
1968 - The Rising Sun pub in Cromer Road closed
1968 - Vestry on parish church complete
1970 - Bluebell Estate built (ish?)
1970 - Second storey on church vestry added.
1971 - The Bull Pub demolished
1971 - Community Centre Built.
1971 - Precinct built
1971 - New police station offices built
1971 - The Buck pub closed
1972 - Drinking Fountain moved back to Market cross
1972 - St Nicholas Church vestry rebuilt as 2 storey
1973 - Newsham Fire engine removed from Market Cross and restored
1973 - The Cross Keys pub closed
1975 - LeGrice Crescent built
1976 - St Mary's Way flats built
1977 - Mundesley Road post mill re-purposed as Swafield village sign
1977 - Bypass opened
1977 - Jubilee Year. Children from Manor Road School dance for the Queen in Norwich
1977 - Regal cinema closed
1978 - North Walsham Indoor Bowls Club opened (now Rossi’s Leisure)
1978 - St Benet Hall Built
1978 - North Walsham Town Sign erected
1978 - Mundesley Road gasometers removed
1979 - North Walsham win "Its a Knockout" TV show
1980 - Fire Station on New Road rebuilt
1980 - Acorn Estate built (ish)
1980 - Cross Keys renovated/extended (became Woolies)
1980 - No first year intake at the Girls High or Paston
1980 - North Walsham Secondary becomes North Walsham High
1981 - Westwick arch demolished
1981 - Lingate Towermill, Bradfield Road demolished
1982 - Woolworth moved to 4 Market Place
1983 - Co-op on Market Street closed
1984 - FineFare/Gateway/Roys built
1984 - Harmer & Scott garage closed
1984 - Hall lane cottages demolished & Saxon Court built
1984 - Major Market Cross repairs
1984 - Paston School & NWGHS became Paston Sixth Form College
1985 - The Lyngate Estate built
1985 - Dayspring Centre built
1985 - Hamilton Close built
1985 - The Lord Nelson pub on Mundesley Road closed
1985 - Wheelwright Arms on White Horse Common closed
1986 - The Angel Hotel closed
1989 - Randell's St Nicholas Works closed
1990 - Angel Hotel demolished
1993 - Pigneys Wood project started
1998 - Main railway station buildings demolished
1999 - Oak Tree sculpture erected on Memorial Park
1999 - Crane Fruehauf closes
1999 - Black Cat Closed
2000 - Somerfield changed to Sainsbury's
2000 - North Walsham Town Sign renovated
2000 - Palmer's "Little Yellow Shop" closes
2001 - HL Foods closes
2001 - Black Cat Garage demolished
2002 - Lidl opens
2003 - Sainsbury's extended and garage built
2007 - Flower beds created in church yard
2008 - Toc H hut removed from New Road
2010 - HL Foods demolished
2011 - War Memorial Hospital demolished
2012 - New War Memorial Hospital built
2012 - Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee celebrations
2014 - No. 4 Market Street Demolished
2014 - Church Tower renovated
2015 - Mulberry Grove built
2015 - New, larger Lidl opened
2016 - Police station demolished and rebuilt
2017 - The Feather's pub closed
2018 - Louis Arthur Court built
2018 - Lepus Go-Go hare arrived
2019 - Refurbishment of St Nicholas Church East window (War memorial)
2020 - St Nicholas' Court modernised
2020 - Laundry Loke house building started
2020 - Drinking Fountain in the Market Place restored