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Cemetery Chapels, Downham Market
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Chapels, Downham Market
I think that it was the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner who observed that the town of Downham Market was not as interesting as Swaffham, a comparison not particularly fair to either place. In any event, despite their proximity to each other, the two are very different. Swaffham is typical of those wealthy provincial East Anglian market towns which rode high on the hog's back during the 18th Century, and which have the architectural heritage to show for it. Downham Market has more the air of a working town which was particularly busy in the 19th Century. We are far enough west here for carstone to be replacing flint, and white brick to be replacing red brick.
Simon Knott, September 2009
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