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.
ARTS AND CULTURE
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.
DID YOU KNOW. . .
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.
DON’T MISS. . .
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