Virtually untouched by the 21st century, this beautiful timber-framed, thatched building is particularly noted for its unusual coloured pargetting. Originally three cottages, it is the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham, and with its original sloping ceilings, tiny rooms, twisting staircases and wooden beams, it is easy to imagine how the many previous inhabitants lived here in the past. It is now the town’s Museum, with the building itself being perhaps the Museum’s single most important resource.
The museum is now open on most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September: for opening times, please check on our website at http://www.derehamhistory.com/opening-times.html.
The Cottages are owned by Dereham Town Council, with the Museum being staffed by volunteers working for Dereham Heritage Trust (formerly Dereham Antiquarian Society). The Trust also holds monthly meetings through the year, on topics of local historical interest.