History of Aylsham
Lots of detail about the history of the town has been collated into a town trail which is available from the Heritage Centre. The information below links to the Town Trail Website which has lots of photographs from the town archive and lots more information about the history of the town. The Heritage Centre houses a fantastic collection or archive photographs which have been collected by Aylsham Town Council. They cover all aspects of the town and its history and are available to view in the centre.
It is thought that the name Aylsham dates from around 500 AD when a Saxon called Aegel set up his homestead here. As "ham" means homestead, the village would have been known as Aegel's Ham. It was recorded as Elesham in the Domesday Book (1086)
The town gradually grew and developed. To find out more about the town click on the photograph to visit the town trail site.