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Norfolk Legends seeks to recognise the hard work and dedication of individuals across Norfolk. This could be someone who has worked tirelessly to raise money for charity or a person who has helped others overcome severe challenges. The great thing about the campaign is that it is the people of Norfolk who make the nominations and anyone can get involved. A special event is being held on Saturday 30th August for a shortlist of the nominations we receive which will be raising money for Break Charity and the work they do with vulnerable families and children. You can make your nominations through the Norfolk Legends website and it is a ...

Here at abbotFox we do more than just sell houses as we aim to do things deliberately different. The team in our office takes part in all kinds of Norfolk events such as clay pigeon shooting to help raise money for charity. This weekend the abbotFox Polo Team took part in the Norfolk Polo Festival and won the Warwick Townsend Trophy. We would like to congratulate the whole team on their amazing achievement and it was a fantastic weekend for everyone involved. The trophy will soon be arriving in the abbotFox office so keep an eye out as we will be posting pictures of it very shortly. Keep reading our ...

Redenhall with Harleston, more commonly known as Harleston, is a beautiful town and parish in South Norfolk. The villages were well documented in the Domesday Book and Redenhall was seen as the main village with the name deriving from the Old English words for “reedy nook” which historians have suggested relates to the number of drains across the town. However, this changed during the 13th century when Harleston become more prominent and today the villages still remain as Redenhall with Harleston although Harleston is regarded as the main town. The town of Harleston has over one thousand years of history and development and the village is unique in that many ...

Since we opened just over two years ago here at abbotFox the focus has always been on doing things deliberately different. We know that moving home can be a very stressful experience which is why we pride ourselves on providing an excellent customer service throughout the entire process. This includes having extended opening hours, an outward focus and a friendly, hardworking team. This approach has led us to become the largest independent estate agent in Norwich with abbotFox now offering sales, lettings and bespoke properties. However, as well as selling houses we are heavily involved in the local community and organise events and campaigns to raise money for charities across ...

In six days time the Norfolk Legends website will be open to receiving nominations for this year’s event on Saturday 30th August at Sprowston Manor. Voting will be open until the 31st July and from the list of nominations we receive a shortlist will be invited to attend the Norfolk Legends event to receive an award. This year, Jake Humphrey will be hosting the evening and helping to raise money for Break Charity who work with vulnerable families and children.

Burnham Market is one of the most popular villages in Norfolk and it is often referred to as the Chelsea on Sea. It is a Georgian village shaped by the 18th century houses found throughout the area. Burnham Market is near to the mouth of the River Burn which is mostly likely where the name originated. However, the market was also historically the centre for the amber trade which, again, might be where the name is derived from.

Although it is called Burnham Market the market has since been discontinued and today there are only auctions in the summer every couple of weeks. Because of this it is now commonly ...

The World Cup has finally arrived and everyone in the office is very excited! The team at abbotFox likes to do things deliberately different which is why we decided to create a World Cup sweepstake with a twist. Everyone in the office has entered into the sweepstake and each person has picked out two teams which they will have for the whole of the competition. Brazil was given out seperately to the highest bidder as they are the most likely contenders to win the World Cup.

The village of Poringland is five miles south of the city of Norwich and houses a fascinating piece of Norfolk history. The story behind the name of the village is unknown but it is believed to mean the “land of the people of Porr” but this is not confirmed. In old English the word Porr actually means leek which has led some researchers to suggest that the village was historically used for growing leek vegetables but, again, this cannot be said for certain. What is known is that by the time of the Norman conquest the village was very well developed and established. Poringland also featured heavily in the Domesday ...

Norfolk Legends recognises the hard work of individuals across Norfolk and this year voting for Norfolk Legends will be open between July and August and the event will be held on Saturday 30th August at Sprowston Manor. Norfolk Legends 2013 was a huge success and this year the event is set to be even bigger and better. However, this will only be possible with the dedicated support of local Norfolk businesses.

Norfolk Legends recognises the hard work of individuals across Norfolk. It could be someone who has looked after you when you were ill or a person who has gone the extra mile for the community. What makes Norfolk Legends unique is that it is the people of Norfolk who vote for the nominees. This year voting will be open between July and August through the Norfolk Legends website so get thinking about who you are going to nominate. Once all of the nominations are in a shortlist of Norfolk Legends will be invited to attend a special event at Sprowston Manor on Saturday 30th August where their achievements will be ...

The second stage of the Help To Buy scheme has enabled more younger buyers to get their foot onto the property ladder which has helped fuel the growth in the property market over the last few months. Selling to younger buyers has become quite popular because they usually have no property chain behind them which is often seen as one of the most frustrating stages of selling a house. If you think that your house would suit a younger buyer then there are several things you can do to make your house stand out to prospective younger clients.

Thickthorn has a very interesting history which has been well documented over the years. It was originally a key settlement in Hethersett which housed a medieval moated hall named after Alan de Thickelthorn in 1240. Although very little is known about this hall it can be seen on a 1799 map which indicates roughly where it was situated. This hall was eventually replaced by the current Georgian Mansion in 1812 which was built by William Clarke of Kettering. The finance was provided by William Creasey Owen of Cringleford although there has been some dispute about whether his name was actually William Creasey Ewing.

The last few months have been an incredibly busy time for us as the housing market has continued to grow and gain strength. This trend has been seen across the county as the economy has seen signs of recovery and new schemes, such as the Help To Buy scheme, have helped first time buyers get onto the property ladder. May has traditionally been a busy month for estate agents and this year the month saw the highest house price increase ever recorded in May. Here in the office we have seen a big increase in the number of buyers and sellers looking for houses here in Norfolk and in our previous blog post we looked at why so many people choose to live in this part of the country. So, if you decide that you want to move to a new house in Norfolk where is the best place to start?

It has been a busy month here at abbotFox as we recently opened a new Bespoke department in our office in the centre of Norwich. The new Bespoke team works with high end properties in Norfolk which have a unique character and history behind them. Since then we have taken on a range of beautiful Bespoke properties including a Spanish Villa on Cotman Road and a Manor House in Bracondale.

The postcode system is just over fifty years old and was originally created to speed up the delivery of letters across the country. During the mid 1900s more and more letters were being sent as mail became more popular but there was no system to distinguish between two different streets with the same name which led to a lot of confusion and slow deliveries. To combat this problem a system of postcodes was developed but what you may not know is that the first trial was conducted here in Norwich in 1959. The new system proved very effective and after the successful trial in Norwich the country was divided into different postal districts. For example, in Norwich, NOR was used to represent the city and was followed by three characters which highlighted which street a letter needed to be delivered too. The postcode system continued to expand and develop and by the mid 1980s postcodes could be read automatically by machines.

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