Welcome to Downham Market Town Council website.
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.
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.
is a fast direct rail link to London King’s Cross via Ely and Cambridge
taking only 1 hour 28 minutes average journey time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Frank Daymond and Mayoress Heather Daymond
Mayor Yvonne Thompson and her Consort Paul Thompson