Making a move to Wymondham
PUBLISHED: 11:07 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 18 June 2018
With ancient buildings, a vibrant community and great family facilities, it is little wonder Wymondham is booming
Wymondham has always proved a tricky pronunciation test for anyone visiting from outside of Norfolk, but once they have mastered how to say it, it isn’t hard to see why so many people want to make it their home.
Pretty historic lanes, ancient architecture, a magnificent abbey, a river meandering through it, a lively arts scene, fantastic facilities and a bustling shopping street – just a few of the reasons to love Wymondham.
In recent years, there has been an explosion in house building and the town has grown immeasurably, but it has retained its traditional heart and sense of community and remains one of Norfolk’s most desirable locations.
This reputation has been further helped by its wide range of excellent schools at all age groups, with demand for places high. That, and its excellent sense of community, wide variety of clubs and sports and amenities, are very much part of its appeal for families.
Located just 10 miles south of Norwich, it is just a few minutes drive from the A11 creating easy access to Cambridge and London, and it is on the train line between Norwich and Cambridge – adding to its popularity among commuters.
It is a town packed in history and at its heart is Wymondham Abbey. One of Norfolk’s most famous landmarks, it remains one of the grandest religious buildings in the region. A magnificent Norman church established in 1107 as part of a monastic foundation, it is as much a part of community life today as it was hundreds of years ago. The busy market place, with the historic Market Cross at its centre, still hosts regular markets, and there are a wide variety of shops selling everything from books and antiques to homewares and everyday essentials.
There is always plenty happening in and around the town, from arts festivals and exhibitions to special events and a competitive sporting scene.
The property boom in Wymondham has seen hundreds of new homes pop up in the last decade, with more on the way, offering a broader range of properties and some affordable housing. Whether you want a five bedroom, luxury new house or a quaint centuries old cottage tucked in a narrow lane by the abbey, there is plenty of choice for all tastes.
On the edges of the town there are nature walks to enjoy and cycle rides down quiet country lanes. And for little kids and big kids alike, a visit to the Mid-Norfolk Railway is always a treat to watch the heritage steam and diesel trains running the 11 miles between Wymondham and Dereham, lovingly looked after by a team of dedicated volunteers.