Housing development will salute town’s history thanks to school pupil

Swaffham Junior School pupil Faith Askew-Patten (second from right) won a competition to name a new

Swaffham Junior School pupil Faith Askew-Patten (second from right) won a competition to name a new Persimmon Homes housing development. Picture: Persimmon Homes - Credit: Archant

A school pupil has won a competition to name a new housing development after Swaffham's most famous folklore character.

Faith Askew-Petten, who attends Swaffham Junior School, has been chosen by Persimmon Homes as winner of its competition to name the company's 165-home development.

The 10-year-old suggested the name 'Pedlars Meadow', a nod to the legendary Swaffham Pedlar who adorns the town sign.

Michelle Baker, sales director for Persimmon Homes Anglia, said: "We love to work alongside communities, so we were thrilled when Swaffham Junior School helped name our new site.

"Faith's name was absolutely perfect for this site, inspired by the legend of the Swaffham Pedlar who, following a dream, found buried treasure in his garden and used it to help the town's church and community.


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Nicola Kaye, headteacher at Swaffham Junior School, added: "The children had great fun in thinking up names and it will be very rewarding to know they have played their part in the history of Swaffham."

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