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The Mayor’s Welcome


Welcome to Downham Market.


We live in a very historic Town with a well-knit community. Our parish church is on the site of a previous building from the late 900s and is a mixture of 15th century and 19th century structure. It sits on the top of the hill which gives Downham its name. As Noel Coward acknowledged, Norfolk is very flat and so a hill becomes important. Downham means the settlement on the hill.


Our charter to hold a market was granted by Edward the Confessor in 1050 and Charles 1 took shelter in The Swan, albeit an earlier version of the building which now stands there, after the battle of Naseby.


We have a direct rail link to London King’s Cross via Ely and Cambridge.


We have the great good fortune to live in the Fenland of South West Norfolk, which stretches as far as Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. It is a very beautiful area of the country and relatively undiscovered by the tourist population

Our iconic clock was built in 1878. During the Middle Ages Downham Market was famed for its annual horse fair, held 

on St Winnold’s day, which was one of the largest in Europe. It supplied horses to armies and to the general population for the more mundane purposes for which they were employed. It was also very well-known for its butter market. These days the Town sustains a weekly market on both Fridays and Saturdays.


I first came to live here (in Nordelph) in 1987 and the place has definitely grown on me.


I feel greatly honoured and indeed privileged to be Mayor of Downham.


During my year of office I should like to advance the participation of young people in the community and to increase their, and our, awareness of their role as residents and future leaders of the Town.

As you may know, this year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the civic town twinning of Downham Market with Civray in France. I believe twinning to play an important part of creating a peaceful Europe and world. We have recently received a party of about 30 French visitors from Civray to spend the week-end with us, being hosted by members of the club in their homes. They enjoyed a full programme culminating in a civic reception dinner/dance in the Town Hall. The President of the French club planted a tree in what will soon become the Twinning Garden and at the dinner/dance their Mayor presented the Town with a stone replica of a Griffin which is carved over the main entrance to their lovely church St. Nicholas. This will be displayed in the Town Hall.


The one most important thing for the Town to accomplish this year is the Neighbourhood Plan, which when completed will be the subject of a referendum by the Townspeople.


We are once again competing in the Anglia in Bloom for recognition. We gained gold last year, so please dig and water your lovely gardens, hang your beautiful baskets and, most of all, pick up litter wherever you come across it. And of course refrain from creating litter in the first place. Love and be proud of your Town.


Finally I’d like to welcome all those people living in the houses on the new estates and invite them, please, to become true members of the Town and community. There are restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops, markets, etc. for you to enjoy and, perhaps, one or two of you may like to look at becoming a councillor.

Councillor Marion Ross
Mayor of Downham Market
2016 - 2017


Mayor Marion Ross



Mayor Marion Ross




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Deputy Mayor Frank Daymond and Deputy Mayoress Heather Daymond

  Downham Market Town Council

15 Paradise Road

Downham Market


PE38 9HS

Tel  01366 387770

General Email info@downhammarkettc.co.uk

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Opening Times:
Open to the public Mondays to Fridays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm except Bank Holidays. 

Telephone calls and email received from 9.30am to 4.30pm




Cllr Marion Ross


  Deputy Mayor

Cllr Frank Daymond


Town Clerk

Mrs Jean Markwell


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