Wymondham on DVD

AN acrobatic flea is just one of the attractions on a new DVD charting the history of Wymondham since the 1940s.

AN acrobatic flea is just one of the attractions on a new DVD charting the history of Wymondham since the 1940s.

Wymondham Born and Bred features contributions from townsfolk who recall how things have changed and includes evocative pictures and musical accompaniment from

Richard Bartram's musical box collection.

It reveals fascinating and amusing anecdotes, such as the story of a pupil at the now out-of- use Lyndhurst school who owned an acrobatic flea named Henry, and the day a Wymondham horse competed in the Grand National.


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Jill Clarke talks about her love of horses and the shops in Wymondham.

Others discover the history of their family businesses.

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Peter Wharton traces his family's butchers business, and Richard Bartram looks back at his family's firm of undertakers.

The brushmaking trade is talked about in detail by Michael Marwood, while changes in farming are covered by Michael Bloom and the late Dick Fryer.

Fred Squires pays tribute to the American servicemen from the 389th Bomb Group based at Hethel during the second world war, and

Philip Yaxley adds historical information about the Market Place and the Lizard.

Hazel Everett and David Turner remember their days at school at Spooner Row and Browick Road, and Jason Semmence comments on his family's long connection with the abbey.

Wymondham Born and Bred costs �12.95, available from Geo R Reeve in Market Street, the Book Fountain in Whartons Court and Jarrolds in Norwich, or direct from John Nickalls Publications, Oak Farm Bungalow, Suton, Wymondham, Norfolk,

NR18 9SH; telephone number 01953 601893.

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