Wymondham Photo Album - Index 2

Apologies folks, your WebCobbler got a bit bogged down with continuing the Album in its original format. After all, each and every page is entirely hewn by hand. I also found that my Opera browser was more capable than Explorer in linking the map on each page with the links on the left, so many of you won't see the results of that nifty, but time-consuming work. You may be shocked to hear that I don't have a Windows9x machine available for testing pages. Anyway, to make the remainder of the collection of scanned photos more quickly available they are now indexed here, more simply, and continued in Album Index - 3 which is an even more basic page. All photos are less than 30kB JPEG format and open in new windows without the use of JavaScript. Keyboard shortcuts for closing a window are Alt+F4 (Explorer); Ctrl+W (Netscape); Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4 (Opera). Enjoy!



Three Horseshoes
Between Chapel Lane and Spring Lane. On the left: the Wesleyan chapel and schoolroom, built 1891-2. Its last service was held in 1975. On the right of the photo is the Old Forge, 32 Main Street, which was in use from the mid 18th century. In the early 19th century the then blacksmith opened up the adjoining building (No.34, centre of photo) as a village inn: The Three Horseshoes. Both are now private houses.
Barn, Main Street
The largest of several stone barns around the village. This one is located on the south side of Main Street, between Chapel Lane and the disused Wesleyan chapel.
33, 35 Main Street
Thorne Cottage and Stone Cottage, 33 and 35 Main Street, Wymondham. These houses are opposite the barn and Wesleyan chapel.
41 - 51 Main Street
Laburnum Cottage (41), 43, Japonica Cottage (45), office (47), Miller's Cottage (49) and Wee Cottage (51) along the north side of Main Street. Hidden from view by the small tree on the right are the Post Office and the Berkeley Arms. The large trees are at The Manor House. Visible on the left is a "For Sale" sign for Hideaway Cottage (39).
45 - 51 Main Street
Japonica Cottage (45), office (47), Miller's Cottage (49) and Wee Cottage (51) along the north side of Main Street, Wymondham. This row of cottages is opposite The Bowery, 42 Main Street. The first-floor blue door was to a bakehouse. The office served as the village Post Office until the 1960s.
Post Office
The Post Office/Cottage Stores, 55 Main Street, Wymondham, viewed from Church Lane. Gillian and John Bunting, with help from Pat and Ann, provide a range of groceries, bread, snacks and sweets, wines and spirits, gas, small items of hardware etc.
Berkeley Arms
The Berkeley Arms, 59 Main Street, Wymondham, Leicestershire. The 300 year association of 11 generations of the Berkeley family as Wymondham landowners ended in the early 17th century, but is reflected in the name of the Berkeley Arms (previously The Angel Inn). Following the closure of the Hunters Arms in 1997, the Berkeley is now the only public house in the village. It was completely refurbished by Pubmaster Ltd during the autumn of 1999. Fine food is now available at lunchtimes and in the evenings from a regularly changing menu or the fixed bar menu.
Old Primary School
Now a warehouse with a recently built extension, this building next to the Village Hall was originally built as a Wesleyan chapel. It was purchased in 1854 to become the Day School for Girls, later becoming the National School and then the village C of E primary school until 1968. It stands on Church Lane, which was previously called School Lane (certainly as late as 1905).
Village Hall
The Village Hall, Church Lane, Wymondham. Opened in 1928, the Village Hall has a well-equipped kitchen and a large stage. It hosts the thrice-weekly doctor's surgery as well as other village functions, such as Church bazaars, dances, and the annual pantomime.
Priory Cottage
Priory Cottage, 8 Church Lane, Wymondham, Leicestershire. This home has a very attractive setting, near to St Peter's Church.
Reading Room
Next to the Church, St Peter's Reading Room was the original village Grammar (Free) School, built circa 1675 from the bequest of Sir John Sedley. The Reading Room was established in 1883 when the Grammar School moved to its new premises on the outskirts of the village. It was restored by the Rector and Churchwardens under the aegis of the Charity Commissioners. By 1950 all its books had been 'lost'. The building housed the Snooker Club until 1999 when the premises were pronounced unsafe, and a buyer is now sought to convert the building into a residential property.
St Peter's Church
St Peter's Church and lych gate from Church Lane, Wymondham, Leicestershire. St Peter's has been served by 69 rectors for over 800 years since 1158. Today, St Peter's is within the Waltham Team ministry, with a part-time curate, residing at the Rectory. Worship is based on the Sunday morning service (BCP, All Age and Family), with special services as appropriate throughout the year. St Peter's is financially viable (Parish Funding scheme 1998) with a Parish Share for 2000 set at £7,919. The latest major repairs were to the roof (1998) and the cost of 15,000 was partly covered by a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant. For detailed architectural information, please see the page in the Gallery
Stone Cross
Standing Stone Cross, National Monument 30229, listed Grade 2, is east of the Church south porch, against the nave wall.
War Memorial
The War Memorial in the Churchyard commemorates villagers killed, as members of the armed services, in both World Wars. A pigeon sits on guard, and Tithe Barn lies beyond.
The oldest gravestone in Wymondham Churchyard: Eleanor Ward, died 1744.

Also to be found is the tramp's gravestone, inscribed:
I in my time did gather rags
And many a time I filled my bags
Although it was a ragged trade
My rags were sold and debts were paid
And so my friend don't waste your time
On bad biography and bitter rhyme
For what I am this cumbrous clay ensures
And what I was is no concern of yours

– Samuel Pears, died March 3rd, 1808, aged 91.
St Peter's Church
A view of St Peter's Church from the south east.
Distant spire
A view of St Peter's Church from The Paddocks, 1 Nurses Lane, Wymondham, Leicestershire.
Nurses Lane
Nurses Lane viewed from the head of Dark Lane, with the Church in the distance. You might also like to see a sketch of this view.
Old car
An old friend slumbers in the grounds of Space Foods, Wymondham. The Manor House, 61 Main Street is visible on the left, across Nurses Lane and the allotments.
2, 4 Nurses Lane
Ivy Cottage and Jessamine Cottage, 4 and 2, Nurses Lane, Wymondham, Leicestershire.
Butt Lane
Butt Lane, looking north from Main Street, with the windmill in the distance. The Berkeley Arms is out of shot to the left, and The Manor House is on the right. We also have a sketch of the view down Butt Lane towards Main Street.
Railway sheds
The former railway goods yard, Butt Lane, Wymondham, Leicestershire.
Old Station
The Pines, Butt Lane, Wymondham, Leicestershire. A private residence converted from the former railway station offices of the Edmondthorpe and Wymondham branch line (so-named to avoid confusion with Wymondham in Norfolk). Villagers were able to travel by rail to Nottingham, Leicester, Spalding, Yarmouth and Cromer until the line was closed in March, 1959. There's a page devoted to railway photos, past and present.
The Windmill, of ironstone topped with brick, is a five-storey tower mill circa 1813, with an ogee cap and fantail, originally with six patent sails. It ceased grinding corn in 1952 (by then, powered by an engine) but continued with cattle feed until 1960. Partially restored and providing a superb view of the village and surrounding countryside, the Windmill together with the Tea Room (opened in 1990) and six craft workshops is a unique visitor attraction. In the Gallery you'll find sketches of Wymondham Windmill by Steve Wallhead and David Millard.
Bottom Shop
On the southern side of Main Street, opposite Butt Lane, Wymondham. North View, The Bottom Shop, 48 Main Street and The Studio Gallery, 46 Main Street, Wymondham. The Bottom Shop ceased trading as the village newsagents in the autumn of 2000. It had been the Post Office until the 1930s. The Studio Gallery, formerly the village butcher's shop, is on the earliest known site of the chapel-proper of the Wesleyans.
The Public Telephone Kiosk and Telephone Exchange, between the allotments and the former Bottom Shop, Main Street. The traditional `phone-box has been specially retained in Wymondham. The nearby village of Teigh is allowed to paint theirs grey. At the beginning of 2001, planning permission for a 15m communications mast atop the telephone exchange was disallowed.
Manor House
The Manor House, 61 Main Street, Wymondham, looking north-west towards the Berkeley Arms. Dating from about 1840, The Manor House was built to a similar design as Stilton House, Stilton, for William Mann, farmer and stilton cheese maker. Stilton House also had a mansard (birdcage) roof, but it was removed to reduce the weight on the building, which was constructed on fenland. All to no avail, it "broke its back" and was demolished in the 1980s. There's now available a 750x500 99kB photo taken just before sunset towards the end of October 2002.
Park Cottages
Park Cottages: Attys Cottage, 71 and 73-75-77, Jubilee Terrace, Main Street, Wymondham, with 95-97-99, Main Street on the right. The mid-19th century row, Park Cottages, all of which at various times have been renovated and modernised, are the final buildings on the east end of Main Street's north side. They were named after the large field to the east, known as "The Park". This view is from the junction with Edmondthorpe Road.
Horseshoe Cottage
Horseshoe Cottage, 85 Main Street, Park Cottages, Wymondham, Leicestershire. A glimpse through the front garden of one of the homes in this popular part of the village. Park Cottages were built for the navvies constructing the nearby railway embankments.
Blea Moor Cottage
Blea Moor Cottage, 62, and Kerrybale Cottage, 64 Main Street, Wymondham. Opposite Park Cottages on the south side of Main Street, at its east end just past the turning to Edmondthorpe. As with other houses in the village, this view illustrates the sensible use of small windows facing north.
Edmondthorpe Rd
Three small cottages: 1, 3, 5, Edmondthorpe Road, Wymondham, just off Main Street.
Old Barns
Early 17th century barns in the grounds of Space Foods, at the junction of Edmondthorpe Road and Main Street, Wymondham, Leicestershire. These are the two oldest complete buildings in the village. Space Foods, which ceased operations at the end of December 2000, was sited facing Main Street, between Edmondthorpe Road and Nurses Lane. Known for the stuffings and sauces it produced, it was the site of the former Wymondham Dairy and, centuries earlier, the Manor of the Berkeley family.
Space Foods
A view of the Space Foods factory buildings, from Edmondthorpe Road. These date from the 1930s, when the site was operated as a stilton cheese manufacturing dairy by Beva Mead Dairies. Prior to that the Old Manor House Dairy continued the 800 year tradition of cheese production on this site.
23 Edmondthorpe Rd
The home of the late W.O.Towndrow, whose vision led to the development of the Windmill as a visitor attraction. Bill Towndrow's housebuilding skill is in evidence at the far end of Chapel Lane.
Woodwell House
Woodwell House, a newly built home in the former carpark of the Hunters Arms, Edmondthorpe Road, Wymondham.
High Banks House
High Banks House, 27 Edmondthorpe Road, Wymondham. The striking red brick of this home is now tempered by a covering of ivy.
Hunters Arms
Formerly the Hunters Arms Hotel, 4 Edmondthorpe Road, Wymondham, Leicestershire. Now once more a private house, this was the home of Frances Pawlett from 1742 to 1797, from where she marketed stilton, establishing it as "the king of cheeses". The house had been occupied by her great-grandfather, Henry Thorne, and Edmondthorpe Road was known then as Thorne Lane. There's a 19th century Wymondham saying: "Drink a pot of ale, eat a scoop of stilton, every day, you will make old bones." Frances Pawlett lived to the age of 88, outliving all but one of her potential beneficiaries.
Intake Cottage
Intake Cottage and Mill Cottage, 33 and 35 Edmondthorpe Road, on the outskirts of Wymondham. Mill Cottage once had an additional storey and a tall chimney for its steam-powered corn mill. In the Gallery we have a sketch from a different angle.

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