What’s in a name? Wroxham is not really Wroxham, nor is it really a town. But when you include Hoveton, which is situated where most people think is Wroxham, then it becomes just about big enough to become a town. But that’s only because of the several retail outlets of the legendary Roys of Wroxham, which is actually located in the dead centre of Hoveton.
Confused? Well at least the old British Rail got it right when it called the railway station ‘Hoveton and Wroxham’, one of the few towns in Norfolk actually still to have a train service.
An explanation, while necessary, is simple. The town is bisected by the upper reaches of the attractive river Bure, and a narrow bridge separates Hoveton on the north side from the parish of Wroxham on the south, or Norwich, side. And while most of Wroxham is residential, it won the branding for the district because of beautiful Wroxham Broad, a lake that is both a local sailing centre and a favourite overnight stop for those hiring yachts and cruisers for a holiday on the 200 miles of waterways that are one of the county’s prime attractions.