Stalham Town Hall
Stalham shown within Norfolk
|Area||7.30 km2 (2.82 sq mi)|
|- Density||404 /km2 (1,050 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||North Norfolk|
Stalham is a market town and civil parish on the River Ant in the English county of Norfolk, in East Anglia. It covers an area of 7.30 km2 (2.82 sq mi) and had a population of 2,951 in 1,333 households at the 2001 census. It lies within the Norfolk Broads, about 15 miles (24 km) north-east of Norwich on the A149 road. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of North Norfolk. However, those parts of the parish lying adjacent to the river fall into the executive area of the Broads Authority. The nearest railway station is Worstead.
Through the 1960s Stalham suffered from a reduction of the agricultural labour force as a result of improvements in agricultural technology. Beginning in the 1970s, though, housing developments attracted people who took up residence in Stalham but worked elsewhere.
The Museum of the Broads moved to Stalham in 2000 and is situated on Stalham Staithe. It 'aims to bring the history of the Broads alive for locals and visitors to Norfolk' and is open to the public throughout the summer.
In 2002 Tesco built a supermarket in Stalham, with considerable controversy, with many residents fearing that it would "kill the high street".
- Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
- http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/media_briefing/tesco_every_little_hurts.pdf foe.co.uk
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