19th century view of Swaffham goes on show

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A picture, thought to be the earliest known painting of Swaffham, has gone on display at the town’s museum.

The painting, shown above, is believed to date from the early 19th century, potentially as early as 1803, though the artist who painted it is not known.

The picture shows several town landmarks which will still be familiar, including the Assembly Rooms, far left, and the St Peter and St Paul Church.

However, museum officials say the spire shown in the painting is not the current one, which was built in 1897, but one built in the 18th century after a lightning strike.

The painting, which was conserved as part of last year’s celebration of 800 yearso of the town market, is now on display in the museum, along with explanatory notes.