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The plague, a hanging and a great fire - timeline traces Wymondham’s fascinating history

PUBLISHED: 12:37 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 29 June 2017

A new display at Wymondham Heritage Museum recounts the history of the town along with major historical events. Picture: Courtesy of Wymondham Heritage Museum

A new display at Wymondham Heritage Museum recounts the history of the town along with major historical events. Picture: Courtesy of Wymondham Heritage Museum

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The newest addition to Wymondham Heritage Museum traces the story of the market town alongside major events in British history.

The timeline also charts the story of the building that houses the museum, which used to be the Bridewell prison.

Milestones mentioned include the birth of the town’s most famous citizen, Robert Kett in 1492, and the rebellion he lead in 1549.

Also included is the Great Fire of Wymondham in 1615, an outbreak of the plague in 1632, the town’s last public hanging in 1713 and reformer John Howard’s visit to the Bridewell in 1779, which saw the prison become a blueprint for others throughout the country and America.

Amanda Oelrichs, a museum volunteer, carried out the initial research, producing the significant dates for Wymondham and the Bridewell.

The task was then taken on by another volunteer, the museum’s IT manager, Trevor Woods.

Mr Woods did further research, adding dates of other historical events to provide context to what was happening in the town.

Mr Woods also sourced photographs and designed the timeline.

He said: “I used an Excel spreadsheet to put the basic dates in. But I couldn’t scale up and down in blocks of years so I got some software which allows you to scale it in proportion.”

The finished display was produced and installed by Ben Wood of Rookery Signs and Graphics, Besthorpe.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, and on Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.

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