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How well do you know the Wayland area of Norfolk?

PUBLISHED: 19:00 14 October 2017

Wayland Wood at Griston, near Watton. The ancient wood is home to the Babes in the Wood legend. Picture: Ian Burt

Wayland Wood at Griston, near Watton. The ancient wood is home to the Babes in the Wood legend. Picture: Ian Burt

It was one of the old hundreds of Norfolk and boasts of picturesque villages and an interesting history. But how well do you know Wayland? Here are 10 interesting facts.

Wayland Wood, in Griston, near Watton. Picture: Ian Burt Wayland Wood, in Griston, near Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

• Found within the Breckland district, Wayland covers an area of 1,000sqkm and consists of the market town Watton and 13 villages.

• Wayland Wood is home to the Babes in the Woods legend, where two children were abandoned and left to die. It is depicted on Watton’s town sign.

Watton's clock tower was built in 1679.  Picture: Ian Burt Watton's clock tower was built in 1679. Picture: Ian Burt

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St Margarets church in Breckles has a round Saxon tower dating from around 750AD. Picture: Denise Bradley St Margarets church in Breckles has a round Saxon tower dating from around 750AD. Picture: Denise Bradley

• The ‘Great Fire of Watton’ destroyed much of the town centre in 1674. It has been started 60 hours were damaged and it cost £9,000.

Frogs being released into a pingo at Thompson Common. Picture: Ian Burt Frogs being released into a pingo at Thompson Common. Picture: Ian Burt

• Watton’s clock tower was built in 1679 by Watton mercer Christopher Hey. It is believed to have been constructed to house a bell to warn of fire as a result of the events of 1674.

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Watton's market which is on High Street. Picture by: Matthew Usher. Watton's market which is on High Street. Picture by: Matthew Usher.

• There are 18 historic medieval churches all in regular use. St Margaret’s church in Breckles has a round Saxon tower dating from around 750AD.

Walker on the Peddars Way route which goes through the heart of Wayland. Picture: Ian Burt Walker on the Peddars Way route which goes through the heart of Wayland. Picture: Ian Burt

• Thompson Common is famous for its pingos - a rare type of lake created at the end of the last ice age. The Brecks has the largest density in the UK.

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The Wayland village of Breckles. Picture: Denise Bradley The Wayland village of Breckles. Picture: Denise Bradley

• The market is Watton’s strongest link to the past. The charter for the market appears to have been granted in 1204. It is now held on Wednesdays.

The Wayland Show is one of the country's oldest one-day agricultural shows. Pictured at this year's event are Freddy Bethley, ten, left, with his cousin Amy Byford, 12, and his brother Harry, eight, ready to show Amy's Hampshire Downs. Picture: Denise Bradley The Wayland Show is one of the country's oldest one-day agricultural shows. Pictured at this year's event are Freddy Bethley, ten, left, with his cousin Amy Byford, 12, and his brother Harry, eight, ready to show Amy's Hampshire Downs. Picture: Denise Bradley

• Peddars Way runs through the heart of Wayland. The route, which follows an old Roman road, starts in the Brecks and takes in a number of Wayland villages.

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Action from the Lamb National at the 2017 Wayland Show. Picture: Denise Bradley Action from the Lamb National at the 2017 Wayland Show. Picture: Denise Bradley

• Author Christopher Bush, who wrote under the pen-name Michael Home, was born in Great Hockham. He wrote more than 50 detective novels.

Watton clock tower in 1909. Picture: Watton Town Council Watton clock tower in 1909. Picture: Watton Town Council

• Watton is home to the Wayland Show, one of the country’s longest-running agricultural shows which welcomes thousands of visitors every year.

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