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Beautiful historic pictures show North Walsham in days gone by

PUBLISHED: 18:30 30 October 2017

The Coronation dinner in North Walsham Market Place, dated 22nd June 1911. Photo: Archant Library

The Coronation dinner in North Walsham Market Place, dated 22nd June 1911. Photo: Archant Library

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Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we take a nostalgic look back at the market town of North Walsham, situated in North Norfolk.

The small army of volunteers who turned out on a cold Sunday morning to start planting the 52 acre community woodland on the outskirts of North Walsham, dated 28th November 1993. Photo: Archant LibraryThe small army of volunteers who turned out on a cold Sunday morning to start planting the 52 acre community woodland on the outskirts of North Walsham, dated 28th November 1993. Photo: Archant Library

Life in North Walsham has always revolved around its market place - from community events and celebrations to the hustle bustle of the weekly market. It even had its own cinema. The first in King’s Arms Street was open from 1912 until 1931, before being replaced by a new cinema in New Road, which continued entertaining audiences until the 1970s. The iconic St Nicholas church in the centre of town remains a dramatic sight.

When its tower was completed in around 1450, it was the second tallest building in Norfolk - however, in 1724, it suffered a partial collapse and the spire and bells came down. Further structural collapses through the centuries have left it as it stands today.

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Destined for the European market, trailers under construction at Crane Fruehauf's factory in North Walsham, dated 15th November 1991. Photo: Archant LibraryDestined for the European market, trailers under construction at Crane Fruehauf's factory in North Walsham, dated 15th November 1991. Photo: Archant Library

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The Regal Cinema at North Washam was the town's second cinema (the original Picturedrome in King's Arms Street was built in 1912), and was opened on Monday, September 7th 1931 by Guy Fanshawe prospective Conservative candidate for East Norfolk. The capacity audience enjoyed a programme which included British Movietone News and the main feature -- Leslie Henson in A Warm Corner. But social changes such as the popularity of commercial television meant that the cinema could not see out the 1970s. It's hard to believe it now in this open-all-hours society that a move to open the cinema on Sundays provoked a vigorous pro- and anti-campaign, ending in a 1955 poll when 1075 voted in favour and 617 against. This picture shows the main attraction was the Clint Eastwood thriller Where Eagles Dare. The cinema is now a machine hire shop.

Photograph and caption used  in EDP Places -- N The Regal Cinema at North Washam was the town's second cinema (the original Picturedrome in King's Arms Street was built in 1912), and was opened on Monday, September 7th 1931 by Guy Fanshawe prospective Conservative candidate for East Norfolk. The capacity audience enjoyed a programme which included British Movietone News and the main feature -- Leslie Henson in A Warm Corner. But social changes such as the popularity of commercial television meant that the cinema could not see out the 1970s. It's hard to believe it now in this open-all-hours society that a move to open the cinema on Sundays provoked a vigorous pro- and anti-campaign, ending in a 1955 poll when 1075 voted in favour and 617 against. This picture shows the main attraction was the Clint Eastwood thriller Where Eagles Dare. The cinema is now a machine hire shop. Photograph and caption used in EDP "North Norfolk Images" book, published in 1998 Dated -- 20 August 1970 Photograph -- C6427

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