Dereham Town Council

War Memorial

DEREHAM is one of the larger towns in the centre of Norfolk with a population of approximately 17,800. It can be found just off the A47 from Norwich to Kings Lynn. Dereham Town Council can be found in the Assembly Rooms on Dereham Market Place, opposite the War Memorial. The building was built in 1756 and is one of the oldest buildings in Dereham.

At Dereham Town Council we are responsible for the Recreation Ground, 7 Allotment sites, the Memorial Hall (see link to Memorial Hall website on right hand side of this page), the Cemetery, St Withburga’s Well, Bishop Bonner’s Cottage, Neatherd Moor (Abbots Field), weekly Tuesday & Friday Markets, the Closed Churchyard, Fleece Meadow, Vicarage Meadow, Etling Green, the War Memorial, Dereham Windmill (see link to Dereham Windmill website on right hand side of this page),  the Town Sign and dog/litter bins.

The Assembly Rooms were built in 1756 on the site of the old Market Cross and Prison.  It is one of the oldest buildings in the Town, mainly due to the great fires of 1581 and 1670 which destroyed most of the old wattle and daub thatched houses.  The Assembly Rooms were built at a cost of £450, the money being raised by £50 shares in the building.  With the passing of the years the original subscribers died or moved away and the Headborough were made Trustees and received the rents and applied them to various projects for the benefit of the general public.  The Town Council of today still receives income from the residue of the Headborough Estates and the income is still applied to running the Town.

The Town Badge is made up of the arms of the Bishop of Ely, the three golden crowns relating to the princesses and saints, Withburga, Saxburga and Ethelreda – all three sisters being buried at Ely Cathedral.  The Deer, of course, being the animal from which the Town was named.  Dereham meaning either the Deer enclosure or low lying meadow on a stream over which deer roamed, depending on whose account you want to believe.







The Mayor’s Charity Evening held on the 5th March was a huge success, and raised a fantastic £1000 for charity! The money raised will be given to the local Prince’s Trust, operated by Norfolk Fire & Rescue.

Norfolk Fire & rescue run the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which is self-development course for young people aged between 16-26 that are not in employment, training or education. For further information, visit

We would like to thank all who attended, and a special thank you to the local people and businesses that kindly donated prizes for the raffle;

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