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This is just one of numerous attractive Georgian buildings in Swaffham, an indication of its popularity as a fashionable Georgian town.
One famous resident of Swaffham was Howard Carter, the Egyptologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen. Carter's story is told in the entertaining museum found on the square. The striking church of St Peter and St Paul stands just off the market square. It has a superb double hammer beam roof with carved angel decorations.
The Pedlar of Swaffham
Legend tells that a pedlar from Swaffham named John Chapman had a dream that he should seek his fortune in London. He travelled to the city, but found no fortune, until at last he met a stranger, who told him that he, too, had had a dream of finding fortune. In the stranger's dream, great wealth could be found in a far off place, buried under a tree.
The pedlar realized from the stranger's description that he was describing Swaffham. In great excitement, the pedlar returned to Norfolk and found treasure buried under a tree. The pedlar used part of his new wealth to build the parish church. The Pedlar of Swaffham is remembered in the town sign.
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Address: Swaffham, Norfolk, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: TF 8161 0918
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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