Reepham town in Norfolk, England, UK.
The Reepham town sign shows a charming group of three of everything - churches, villagers, farm labourers, sheep, lambs, and "sisters".
The design is the work of the local High School. All elements are based upon the myth that three sisters were responsible for building a church each! But, in fact, the churches (all in the same churchyard) were built over a span of several generations.
Only two remain, St Marys and St Michaels. St Marys is now the single parish church; St Michaels, although still a consecrated building, is mainly used for meetings and similar community purposes. St Marys contains an important and beautiful monument of Sir Roger de Kerdiston, 1337, recumbent on a bed of large pebbles. The meaning of this is not certain; it may be self-mortification or may be allegory.
Reepham Market was founded in 1277 when Sir John de Vaux, whose lordship of Hackford extended into the parish of Reepham, obtained a charter from King Edward I for a weekly market.
Reepham remains proud of the fact that it is a Market Town, notwithstanding that it nowadays equates in size to a rural village (around 1200 households). Present day Reepham Market Place is mostly 18th century.
This listed Georgian building was built in 1729 & originally named the "Dial House" because of a large sun dial over the front door - a white square in the photograph opposite. In 1972 the house was converted to a commercial hotel & renamed The Old Brewery House Hotel to recognise its previous life as residence of the family that, for generations, had run a brewery in Reepham, and because one of the hotels principal rooms used to be the brewery.
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