Attleborough is rife with history dating back to the The Anglo-Saxons. Although their foundation of the settlement is unrecorded, most people believe the popular theory of the town’s origin makes it a foundation of an Atlinge, and certainly burgh (or burh) indicates that it was fortified at an early date. While this entire region makes a great place to visit for a day or several, they also lend an excellent backdrop to vapers. The lovely countryside is perfect for you to enjoy your favourite juices from Medusa Juice Vape Shop.
Attleborough is a market town and civil parish between Norwich and Thetford in Norfolk, England and the Attleborough railway station provides a main line rail service to both Norwich and Cambridge. Which offers a much wider experience than one might suppose.
The story most are aware of these days is the one told by the mid-12th century hagiography of Saint Edmund, Galfridus de Fontibus. According to his findings, Athla was the founder of the ancient and royal town of Attleborough. Then, in the Domesday survey launched in 1085 it is referred to as Attleburc. While I’m sure that what made this land so attractive to the danes was its fertility and promise, whatever the reason, they seized as much of the general area as possible.
Then, later, after the Danes had swept across both Norfolk and Thetford, it is believed that the Saxons rallied their forces at Attleborough and fought a valiant fight to preserve what they believed was given to them by God.
Saxons And Danes
And though the Saxons put up serious resistance, they eventually capitulated to the Danes. This meant that during the time of Edward the Confessor, powerful Danish families like Toradre and Turkill controlled the local manors. If these local records are correct, nothing but disaster was brought to Attleborough by the Danes, and it took the coming of William the Conqueror to restore some sense of well-being to the area. But we don’t really know so it could be a simple matter of bad press.
One thing you’ll never get bad press on is the delicious e-liquids from Medusa Juice. In fact, while you’re out and about, why not take a trip to King’s Lynn and visit the bus station kiosk or the original Medusa Juice shop on King’s road? Or maybe you’d prefer one of the shops in Norwich or Peterborough. No problem, the staff is standing by to help you with whatever you need.
Now back to the Danes. Turkill eventually relinquished his hold on the area to the Mortimer family near the end of William’s reign, and they governed Attleborough for more than three centuries. So, all in all, worth the fight, I’d say.
During the 14th century, the Mortimer family founded the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Then, about a century later, a Sir Robert de Mortimer founded the College of the Holy Cross.
Following Henry the VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, the building was nearly destroyed by Robert Radcliffe, Lord Fitzwalter, Earl of Sussex. The material from the building was used for making up the road between Attleborough and Old Buckenham.
During the reconstruction of the area after the fire in 1559, the Griffin Hotel was built, and here in the cellars of the Griffin, many prisoners on their way to the March Assizes in Thetford were confined overnight. They were all tethered by chains to rings in the wall like something out of a Monty Python movie.
Hostels And Hotels
As you can imagine, in those days there wasn’t a great deal on offer for entertainment, so the arrival of the prisoners saw a great deal of public interest. So much so, that eventually traders set up a fair whenever the prisoners arrived..
Eventually it became known as Attleborough Rogues Fair and was held on the last Thursday in March in the marketplace. Other marketplace festivities took place on Midsummer Day, when the annual guild was held. Also, the right was granted for a weekly market to be held there since 1285. While there is still a weekly market, it’s been moved to the Queen’s Square, where some believe it began. The Queen’s Square is located in the town centre and worth a good stroll around if you have time. You can take the time to enjoy some lovely new flavours of vape by Medusa Juice while you’re at it.
Other things of note in this region is that England’s very first turnpike road was created here at the end of the 17th century.
Back in the early 1800s, the census of Attleborough was listed at 1,333 and later in 1845, it had grown to around 2,000 according to the national census.
It seems a bit difficult to believe, but the town actually supported six hostelries according to local history. The Griffin, which is the oldest, the Angel, the Bear, the Cock, the Crown and the White Horse.
Today, the Griffin, the Bear and the Cock still operate but the Crown is now a youth centre and the Angel is a building society branch office.
We don’t know anything else about the White Horse after 1904, other than it still exists as a private house. Along with White Horse Public House, there is also the London Tavern and the Mulberry Tree, which has an award winning restaurant.
A corn exchange was built on High Street in 1863 and a group of local farmers owned it together. The Gaymers cider-making plant was built in 1896 and soon became the largest employer in the town.
In 1863 a corn exchange was built in the High Street owned by a company of local farmers and in 1896 the Gaymers cider-making plant was built on the south side of the railway and soon became the largest employer in the town. Today it has reopened as a chicken processing plant.
More modern history shows us that the First World War affected Attleborough probably for no better or worse than many similar small towns. Five hundred and fifty men joined the armed forces and ninety-six did not return.
During the 1920s, Attleborough continued to grow as a market centre. In the early 1930s the Corn Hall was sold and became a cinema, reaching its heyday in the early 1940s.
Well into the ’30s lighting was by oil lamps, then came the building of the gas works in Queens Road (since demolished, although the Gas Keeper’s House is still there). Gradually gas was piped into homes, but it was a slow process.
During 1939, the old post office was sold and then became the Doric Restaurant in Queens Square. Today it is now the town hall. The new post office was built on Exchange Street.
There were two local airfields during the Second World War, one at Deopham Green and one at Old Buckenham.
Overall, the town changed very little during the 1950s. There weren’t any great leaps in growth of the population, other than the arrival of the notorious London gangsters, the Kray twins, who took over a local hostelry. I’m sure you have heard or can remember their legacy well enough.
However, the ’60s were different. The overspill programme and new development in the town brought new families into south Norfolk. Attleborough had to make decisions for the future and new development zones were gradually designated.
Whatever you choose to do and see in Attleborough, don’t forget to take time out to enjoy a new flavour or two of e-liquids from your Medusa Juice Vape Shop