Welcome to Downham Market Town Council website.
live in a very 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.
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.
have a direct rail link to London King’s Cross via Ely and Cambridge.
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
iconic clock was built in 1878. During the Middle Ages Downham Market was
famed for its annual horse fair, held
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.
first came to live here (in Nordelph) in 1987 and the place has definitely
grown on me.
feel greatly honoured and indeed privileged to be Mayor of Downham.
my year of office I should like to advance the participation of young people
in the community and to increase their, and our, awareness of their role as
residents and future leaders of the Town.
you may know, this year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the civic
town twinning of Downham Market with Civray in France. I believe twinning to
play an important part of creating a peaceful Europe and world. We have
recently received a party of about 30 French visitors from Civray to spend the
week-end with us, being hosted by members of the club in their homes. They
enjoyed a full programme culminating in a civic reception dinner/dance in the
Town Hall. The President of the French club planted a tree in what will soon
become the Twinning Garden and at the dinner/dance their Mayor presented the
Town with a stone replica of a Griffin which is carved over the main entrance
to their lovely church St. Nicholas. This will be displayed in the Town Hall.
one most important thing for the Town to accomplish this year is the
Neighbourhood Plan, which when completed will be the subject of a referendum
by the Townspeople.
are once again competing in the Anglia in Bloom for recognition. We gained
gold last year, so please dig and water your lovely gardens, hang your
beautiful baskets and, most of all, pick up litter wherever you come across
it. And of course refrain from creating litter in the first place. Love and be
proud of your Town.
I’d like to welcome all those people living in the houses on the new estates
and invite them, please, to become true members of the Town and community.
There are restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops, markets, etc. for you to enjoy and,
perhaps, one or two of you may like to look at becoming a councillor.
Councillor Marion Ross
Mayor of Downham Market
2016 - 2017
Frank Daymond and Deputy Mayoress Heather Daymond