Reepham town in Norfolk, England, UK.
The Reepham town sign shows a charming group of three of everything - churches, villagers, farm labourers, sheep, lambs, and "sisters".
The design is the work of the local High School. All elements are based upon the myth
that three sisters were responsible for building a church each! But, in fact, the churches
(all in the same churchyard) were built over a span of several generations. Only two
remain, St Marys and St Michaels.
St Marys is now the single parish church; St Michaels, although still a consecrated building, is mainly used for meetings and similar community purposes.
St Marys contains an important and beautiful monument of Sir Roger de Kerdiston, 1337,
recumbent on a bed of large pebbles. The meaning of this is not certain; it may be
self-mortification or may be allegory.
Reepham Market was founded in 1277 when Sir John de Vaux,
whose lordship of Hackford extended into the parish of Reepham, obtained a charter from
King Edward I for a weekly market. Reepham remains proud of the fact that it is a Market
Town, notwithstanding that it nowadays equates in size to a rural village (around 1200
households). Present day Reepham Market Place is mostly 18th century.
This listed Georgian building was built in 1729 & originally named the "Dial House" because of a large sun dial over the front door - a white square in the photograph opposite.
In 1972 the house was converted to a commercial hotel & renamed The Old Brewery
House Hotel to recognise its previous rÃ´le as residence of the family that, for
generations, had run a brewery in Reepham, and because one of the hotels principal rooms
used to be the brewery.
For more information about Reepham visit www.reepham.org.uk
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