From where we live in Beetley, the nearest town containing shops, banks, and a Post Office is Dereham. Officially it is East Dereham, but it is known to everyone just as Dereham. It is the fifth largest town in the county of Norfolk, and right in the centre of that county too. Only three miles from Beetley to the south, it takes just five minutes to get there by car.
Continuing my search for old images, I found some of that town, taken between 1880 and 1901. It is amazing how little it has changed in that time.
The Corn Exchange. This is now the local cinema, called The Hollywood. The facade was preserved by law.
Church Street. The shops on the left are still trading, albeit selling different things.
The High Street. These shops still exist today. Some are Estate Agents, and others have different uses.
The Market Place. There is no longer a livestock market in the town. But The Market Place has hardly changed, and still holds a general market on Tuesdays and Fridays.
These three ancient cottages date from the 16th century. (1502)
Here is a photo I took of that same building more recently.
I think if you brought someone back from 1899, they would find this town completely familiar.