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LIVELY, bustling, thriv­ing and wel­com­ing, at­trac­tive - At­tle­bor­ough is a mod­ern suc­cess story with a his­toric heart. The weekly mar­ket was be­ing held way back in the 13th cen­tury, and to­day the town still has many in­de­pen­dent shops and busi­nesses.

There is an im­pres­sive sport­ing her­itage too - foot­ballers John and Justin Fashanu went to school in the town, and rac­ing driver Ayr­ton Senna made At­tle­bor­ough his home for some years.


The Peter Beales Rose Cen­tre in At­tle­bor­ough is a liv­ing legacy to the re­mark­able work of rose ex­pert Peter Beales. Born and brought up in Nor­folk, he be­came one of the world’s lead­ing ex­perts on clas­sic roses and not only saved many old va­ri­eties from ex­tinc­tion, but also in­tro­duced 70 new roses to the world. To­day the beau­ti­ful dis­play gar­dens are open seven days a week, for free, and the Rose Cen­tre also has an im­pres­sive nurs­ery and gar­den cen­tre.


High­lights of the town’s cal­en­dar in­clude a sum­mer car­ni­val and a party in the park. Fa­ther Christ­mas is par­tic­u­larly fond of At­tle­bor­ough, mak­ing a spe­cial trip around the town ev­ery win­ter. At­tle­bor­ough peo­ple are also en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port­ers of spe­cial events, such as the Bike Fes­ti­val Trail when dec­o­rated bi­cy­cles ap­peared through­out the town ahead of the Tour of Bri­tain.


Not ev­ery cus­tomer of the Grif­fin Ho­tel was quite as happy to be there as its mod­ern guests. Pris­on­ers on their way to court hear­ings in Thet­ford were once chained overnight in the cel­lars – and caused so much in­ter­est that traders set up a fair which be­came known as At­tle­bor­ough Rogues Fair.


Orig­i­nally in the shape of a cross, with a Nor­man tower at the cen­tre, the par­ish church is par­tic­u­larly lovely. St Ed­mund is said to have spent a year with priests in ninth cen­tury At­tle­bor­ough be­fore be­ing crowned king. The church has one of the finest rood screens in Nor­folk and me­dieval wall paint­ings– but the north porch no longer houses the town’s fire en­gine, as it did in the 19th cen­tury!

St Mary’s Church, Attleborou­gh

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