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Welcome to WATTON, which sits in the heart of Breckland. The area is famous for WAYLAND WOOD, home to the legend of BABES IN THE WOOD where two young children were left to die so their wicked Uncle could claim their inheritance. The old cottage with its two very tall chimneys, where the Uncle was supposed to have lived, can still be seen just off the Thetford Road.

WATTON'S CLOCK TOWER, in the high street, was built in 1679 by CHRISTOPHER HEYE, a wealthy mercer, to hold a fire bell known as Ting Tang, to be used as a warning following the GREAT FIRE OF WATTON that destroyed 60 properties in 1674. This early warning bell is still in place to this day, but is now used as the bell for the town clock, donated by a local citizen in 1827, when the brick tower was renderd. The present clock is wound once a week and a new clock face was fitted in 1935 to commemorate KING GEORGE V and QUEEN MARY'S SILVER JUBILEE.

 
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