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Swaffham

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Swaffham is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The town is situated 12mi east of King's Lynn and 31mi west of Norwich.The civil parish has an area of 11.42mi2 and in the 2001 census had a population of 6,935 in 3,130 households, increasing to a population of 7,258 in 3,258 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.HistoryIts name came from Old English Swǣfa hām = "the homestead of the Swabians"; some of them presumably came with the Angles and Saxons.By the 14th and 15th centuries Swaffham had a flourishing sheep and wool industry As a result of this prosperity, the town has a large market place. The market cross here was built by George Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford and presented to the town in 1783. On the top is the statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest.About 8 km to the north of Swaffham can be found the ruins of the formerly important Castle Acre Priory and Castle Acre Castle.
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