The grand facade and columns of the former Corn Exchange, 
now a cinema in the market place,
the weekly bustling striped stalls selling colourful flowers and 
fruit and vegetables in the open space,
a towering modern mushroom shaped grey water tower soars  
above the town’s skyline view,
in front, a Victorian building with decorative arched windows, 
a visual reminder of the old and new.

Crossing the busy road, the bright red central circle and white 
of the wide railway crossing gates, 
  the station has a long platform canopy and is embellished with 
 barley twist chimneys above the roofing slate,
this heritage line has a north and south signal box, both painted 
in yellow and rich emerald green,
 watching a steam train billowing clouds of smoke travelling along 
the relaid track is a pleasure to be seen.

 Tucked behind the church, metal railings surround a well’s sunken 
stone arch where a local spring flows,
nearby is a square bell tower with a Roman numeral clock and  
traditional flint cottages neatly in a row,
 prodigious warehouses provided many jobs in the previous century, 
  in the process of being restored,
where the thriving railway brought the barley used to make beer 
malt, which was off loaded and stored.

The dahlia and grape swagged frieze below the reed thatch of a 
Bishop’s cottage in traditional black and white,
inside are curving wooden beams, steep narrow stairs and a
museum, a bygone visual delight,
Dereham has an eclectic mix of buildings, a mixture of old and 
new, this town you loved so dear,
whenever I walk along the winding streets in sunshine, wind or rain, 
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

Beloved Husband  Justin Farthing 1929 – 2107

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