THE MARKET TOWN OF HARLESTON lies in South Norfolk, in the Waveney Valley. Strictly speaking, Harleston is 'Redenhall with Harleston,' as that's the old title of the town and civil parish. Nearby Redenhall church is a beauty and you can see a glimpse of it near the end of the video, and a good header shot here.

The video gives you a good idea of what the centre of Harleston is like. On weekdays, it's a busy little place, with plenty of shops and is a good destination for foodies, as there is plenty of local produce on sale. The weekly market is a long-time fixture - the oldest record I can find dates back nearly 800 years, to 1259. 

In one alley, there's a large stone, which you can see in the video. It's thought to be a mounting block for horses, and dates back to English Civil War days, more than 350 years ago.

Here are some more details of the town, based on material from a useful local resource, Harleston Information Plus:

"The town centre’s narrow streets and quaint alleys hint at its long history. If you look closely, you will discover timber-frame buildings and signs of town life over the centuries. Past residents include some of the first Pilgrim Fathers who travelled to settle in the United States of America.

"Find out more about the town’s history at Harleston Museum, which has displays relating to the life and times of the people of Harleston and the immediate surrounding parishes, from prehistoric times to the present day.

"The town's free audio trail is available as an app, downloadable here
Local people provide commentary on the trail, with places often overlooked by visitors, giving a potent mix of history, memory and gossip."

More on this attractive market town at Harleston Information Plus.


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