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Tourism: Wymondham Abbey on the Mid-Norfolk Railway

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By Dana Wiffen

Just a short walk from Wymondham Abbey Station on the Mid-Norfolk Railway or a 20 minute stroll from Wymondham Town centre or the mainline station, is Wymondham Abbey.


Founded in 1107 it has been a Parish Church for 900 years.

Wandering around the beautiful Abbey it is hard to believe that it was once twice the size, with the monks east end and monastery buildings now just a meadow with  ruins.

The Abbey's main hall  Photo: Dana Wiffen

This Abbey was unusually in two sections one part-run by the monks and the other part-run by the local people. This was unusual and was caused by the local community’s rift with the monks.

Abbey ruins, this part did not survive the dissolution  Photo: Dana Wiffen

Because of this the people’s section remains today surviving dissolution in 1538 becoming part of the Church of England, unlike the monks section that did not survive.

The Abbey roof and paintings Photo: Dana Wiffen

Today the popular Abbey welcomes many visitors, there are guided and audio tours or you can walk around on your own.

The Abbey from the outside Photo: Dana Wiffen

There is no doubt this is a special place, when you are next in Norfolk why not make a visit to a place you won’t forget quickly.

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