Discover more about Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum of local history - and the group of volunteers who run it from the Dereham Antiquarian Society.
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 dirt floors, sloping ceilings, tiny rooms, twisting staircases and wooden beams, it is easy to imagine how the many previous inhabitants lived here in the past. Dating back to 1502, it is the only thatched building in Dereham to have survived the fires of 1581 and 1679. It is now the town’s Museum, with the building itself being perhaps the Museum’s single most important resource.