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A few days in Norfolk – Day Four

My final day in Norfolk for this summer saw me spending a couple of hours in Wymondham (pronounced Windum), which is a twelve minute journey on the Cambridge/Ely line from Norwich…

Arrived here around five to  ten in the morning...

Arrived here around five to ten in the morning…

I took a left turn out of the station, which isn’t advisible if you want the shortest walk to the town centre (use Station Road!), and I found myself taking a long wander along Cemetery Lane, and approaching the town centre via Whitehorse Street and Damgate Street. Mind you, that did take me past this terraced house in Damgate Street that rather appealed to me…

Is this a former butcher's shop, converted to a residential dwelling? Well, who knows...

Is this a former butcher’s shop, converted to a residential dwelling? Well, who knows…

Here is Market Cross, which serves as a Tourist Information Centre, and has a street market adjacent (which is to the left of here)...

Here is Market Cross, which serves as a Tourist Information Centre, and has a street market adjacent (which is to the left of here)…

The town sign, with the Green Dragon pub beyond...

The town sign, with the Green Dragon pub beyond…

A closer view of the Green Dragon...

A closer view of the Green Dragon…

Wymondham is famed for its Abbey, so here are a few pictures of the same…

Wymondham Abbey from the front...

Wymondham Abbey from the front…

And side-on in moody mono...

And side-on in moody mono…

And inside, its glorious nave...

And inside, its glorious nave…

With the town’s main tourist sights now seen, I headed back to the railway station (via Station Road!), arriving there shortly before midday. The 12:14 train back to Norwich was delayed by ten or fifteen minutes, so I had plenty of time to nip into the Station Bistro to buy a very nice cheese scone, and tin of cola…

The Station Bistro at Wymondham railway station...

The Station Bistro at Wymondham railway station…

Back in Norwich, my train to Liverpool Street wasn’t due until half-four, so I wandered around the city, having a lunchtime pint in The Mischief pub, and taking a few final photos of this trip to the city…

St Saviour church, in Magdalene Street...

St Saviour church, in Magdalene Street…

Kate had given birth to George on the afternoon of my arrival in Norwich, and the event was celebrated in the window of the Save The Children charity shop in Magdalen Street...

Kate had given birth to George on the afternoon of my arrival in Norwich, and the event was celebrated in the window of the Save The Children charity shop in Magdalen Street…

A valedictory view of Norwich, the River Wensum, with my B & B, The Station Hotel in Riverside Road, just visible behind the back of the double-decker bus...

A valedictory view of Norwich, the River Wensum, with my B & B, The Station Hotel in Riverside Road, just visible behind the back of the double-decker bus…

A few days in Norfolk – Day One

It’s all too easy to lose contact with workmates when they move on to other jobs or retire, so I arranged to spend a few days in Norwich last week, to catch up with one such old friend now living in Norfolk. On the internet, I duly bought myself a return train fare from London’s Liverpool Street station, and made my way there intending to catch the midday train to Norwich, on which I had a reserved seat…

The Bishopsgate entrance to Liverpool Street station...

The Bishopsgate entrance to Liverpool Street station…

Things didn’t begin too well, however…;)

Yes, that's my train, the 12:00 to Norwich...

Yes, that’s my train, the 12:00 to Norwich…

A quick chat with a Customer Services representative on the station concourse, and an over-stamping of my ticket, resulted in my catching the 12.30 pm train, and I arrived at Norwich Railway Station around two hours later…

The first of many Gorillas I encountered in Norwich during the next few days...

The first of many gorillas I encountered in Norwich during the next few days…

I soon found myself taking refuge from the sultry weather in a pub not far from the station, called the Compleat Angler, where I stayed long enough to down a pint of lager, before booking into my B & B hotel for the next three nights, which was perfectly placed in Riverside Road, not far from the railway station. Once I had settled into the hotel, in the evening I set off for a long ramble around the City, and these are some of the resulting pictures…rather a lot of gorillas I’m afraid…;)

...this one in Castle Meadow..

…this one in Castle Meadow..

...and one in front of Castle Mall...

…and one in front of Castle Mall…

Not sure of the street I'm standing in here, but the yonder church is St. Michael-at-Plea...

Not sure of the street I’m standing in here, but the yonder church is St. Michael-at-Plea…

I do know the name of this street however; it's called Quay Side...

I do know the name of this street however; it’s called Quay Side…

This one is on Fye Bridge...

This one is on Fye Bridge…

...and this natty dresser is in St. George's Green...

…and this natty dresser is in St. George’s Green…

By now, dusk was approaching, so I headed back towards my hotel via Novi Sad Bridge and a walk along the riverside…

View from Novi Sad Bridge...

View from Novi Sad Bridge…

Nearing the hotel, a view from Riverside Walk...

Nearing the hotel, a view from Riverside Walk…

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