Welcome to Downham Market Town Council website.


The Mayor’s Welcome


Downham Market is an historic Town with a well-knit community. Our parish church is on the site of a previous building from the late 900s and is a mixture of 15th century and 19th century structure. It sits on the top of the hill which gives Downham its name. As Noel Coward acknowledged, Norfolk is very flat and so a hill becomes important. Downham means the settlement on the hill.


Our charter to hold a market was granted by Edward the Confessor in 1050 and Charles 1 took shelter in The Swan, albeit an earlier version of the building which now stands there, after the battle of Naseby.


There is a fast direct rail link to London King’s Cross via Ely and Cambridge taking only 1 hour 28 minutes average journey time.


We have the great good fortune to live in the Fenland of South West Norfolk, which stretches as far as Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. It is a very beautiful area of the country and relatively undiscovered by the tourist population

Our iconic clock was built in 1878. During the Middle Ages Downham Market was famed for its annual horse fair, held

on St Winnold’s day, which was one of the largest in Europe. It supplied horses to armies and to the general population for the more mundane purposes for which they were employed. It was also very well-known for its butter market. These days the Town sustains a weekly market on both Fridays and Saturdays.


The Daymond’s, as a family of five, moved into a Barker built bungalow on the Clackclose Park Estate in 1972. Moving to Spruce Road from Southend-on-Sea, Essex via Crawley in Sussex. My children have attended Downham schools until they left for work.


I joined the Town Council as the representative for North Ward in July 2009 and started my learning curve as to what is expected of a Town Councillor, having been a member of the now defunct Chamber of Trade since 1986. I was recruited to the Council by the then Mayor of Downham Market, John Leach a Market Trader, story teller, and a very persuading person. I was already a member of the Water Festival Committee via the Chamber of Trade and my connections with the river via my boat hire business which I operated at Denver Sluice for twenty one years.

Most of my working life in and around this area has been in electrical & mechanical engineering maintenance, working for many companies as well as employing people in my various business ventures.


As the Chairman of the Planning and Environmental Committee over the past year I have seen many plans put forward by developers which are not in the best interest of the town. Whilst we cannot stop progress, we do not have to accept everything put forward for approval. I hope to continue to attend the Borough Council Planning Meetings as the spokesperson for the town’s wishes though we, as a Council, are only consultees.


Downham Market will, again, be entering Anglia In Bloom and striving to maintain our Town Gold Standard in the coming summer time. Please I appeal to all the residents to help to achieve this.


Please be proud of your Town of Downham Market, and welcome those visitors who come to see the Ginger Bread Town. Don’t forget that I am the protagonist dragon against St George! Remember are all WELCOME.


I look forward to fulfilling the position of Mayor of Downham Market and uphold the honour that has been bestowed upon me.




Councillor Frank Daymond
Mayor of Downham Market
2017 - 2018


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Mayor Frank Daymond and Mayoress Heather Daymond




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Deputy Mayor Yvonne Thompson and her Consort Paul Thompson


  Downham Market Town Council

15 Paradise Road

Downham Market


PE38 9HS

Tel  01366 387770

General Email info@downhammarkettc.co.uk

Our location in Town ? Click here for map


  Opening Hours

Opening Times:
Open to the public Mondays to Fridays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm except Bank Holidays. 

Telephone calls and email received from 9.30am to 4.30pm




Cllr Frank Daymond


  Deputy Mayor

Cllr Yvonne Thompson


Town Clerk

Mrs Jean Markwell


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