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Downham Market, also known simply as Downham,or more recently "The Jewel Of The East" is a town and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It lies on the edge of the Fens, on the River Great Ouse, some 20 km south of the town of King's Lynn, 60 km west of the city of Norwich and the same distance north of the city of Cambridge.[1] Image File history File links Dot4gb. ... Image File history File links Gb4dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... A civil parish (usually just parish) in England is a subnational entity forming the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Norfolk (IPA: //) is a low-lying county in East Anglia in the east of southern England. ... The Fens may also refer to the Back Bay Fens, a park in Boston, Massachusetts. ... For other Rivers named Ouse, see Ouse The River Great Ouse is a river in the east of England. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude this page lists lengths between 10 and 100 km (104 to 105 m). ... Kings Lynn is a town and port in the English county of Norfolk. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude this page lists lengths between 10 and 100 km (104 to 105 m). ... This article is about the city in England. ...

The civil parish has an area of 5.2 km² and in the 2001 census had a population of 6,730 in 3,258 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.[2] It is part of South West Norfolk parliamentary constituency. To help compare sizes of different geographic regions, we list here areas between 1 km² (100 hectares) and 10 km² (1000 hectares). ... UK Census 2001 logo A nationwide census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001. ... Non-metropolitan districts or commonly Shire districts are a type of local government district in England. ... Kings Lynn and West Norfolk is a local government district and borough in Norfolk, England. ... South West Norfolk is a parlimentary constituency of the United Kingdom comprising the towns of Downham Market, Swaffham and Thetford in Norfolk. ...

It was an agricultural centre, developing as a market for the produce of the Fens with a bridge across the Ouse. During the Middle Ages, it was famed for its butter market and also hosted a notable horse fair. For other uses, see Butter (disambiguation). ...

Notable buildings in the town include its mediaeval parish church, dedicated to St Edmund and Victorian clock tower, constructed in 1878,and the legendary womens clothing emporium "My Fair Lady". The town is also known as the place where Charles I hid after the Battle of Naseby. The town has recently undergone a regeneration project on the Market Place, moving the market to the town hall car park. The decorative Town Sign depicts the crown and arrows of St Edmund with horses to show the importance of the horse fairs in the town's history. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... A parish church is the church which acts as the religious centre of a parish, the basic administrative unit of episcopal churches. ... Edmund the Martyr (841–20 November 869) was a King of East Anglia. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her ascension to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... Clocktower at Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Australia A clock tower is a tower built with one or more (often four) clock faces. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was King of England, King of Scotland and King of Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649. ... Combatants Parliamentarians Royalists Commanders Sir Thomas Fairfax Oliver Cromwell King Charles I Prince Rupert of the Rhine Strength 6,000 horse 7,000 foot 4,100 horse 3,300 foot Casualties 150 total casualties[1] approximately 1,000 killed, 5,000 captured[1] The Battle of Naseby was the key...

Downham Market railway station, which serves the town, is located on the Fen Line from London to King's Lynn. The southbound platform at Downham Market Downham Market railway station is a railway station serving the town of Downham Market in Norfolk, England. ... The Fen Line runs from Cambridge in Cambridgeshire to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, in East Anglia, England. ...

There are two primary schools in Downham Market, Hillcrest and Clackclose. The town has one High School, Downham Market High School and a sixth form college, Ryston Sixth Form College. Captain Manby (1765-1854), the inventor of a lifesaving rocket, was educated in the town. // Downham Market High School is a school in Downham Market in Norfolk in England. ... Ryston Sixth Form College is situated on Ryston road, Downham Market. ... Captain George William Manby (born November 28, 1765 in Denver; died November 18, 1854 in Great Yarmouth) was the inventor of an apparatus for saving life from shipwrecks. ...

Downham Market is a quiet place to live and mostly appeals to older people rather than parents with teenage children as there are few activities and plenty of police.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 236 - King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-21867-8.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved December 2, 2005.

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See also

Father Oswald Baker (1915–2004) was a controversial Catholic priest who lived in Downham Market in Norfolk. ... Downham Town F.C. is a football club based in Downham Market, England. ...

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