Blakeney, Cley, Morston, Salthouse & Cley villages
share a rich historical heritage. Explore this history at
the History Centre using the available resources of photographs,
maps, parish registers, documents and a library of local books.
Initially the History Centre housed collections which concentrated
on the Glaven Ports of Blakeney, Cley and Wiveton, but
they now include villages extending from Stiffkey to Weybourne
along the coast and inland
to Binham, Holt, Saxlingham, Langham and Cockthorpe and adjacent
Whether you are interested in local villages, their churches and houses
or local people and families or local trade, ships or leisure
the History Centre is likely to be a valuable resource to further
The collections include a wide diversity of resources
from books and guides on local and family history to accounts and records
of villages and churches. Some of the material, such as the census records,
parish registers and land tax returns are on microform or CDs and it is
necessary to use the Centre's equipment to view these records. There are
also growing collections of photographs and shipping records.
The recent donation of a copy of the Kenneth Allen papers
(the originals are in the Norfolk Record Office) greatly expands the information
available on the three core villages of Blakeney, Wiveton and Cley.
History Centre Brochure
The current brochure for the History Centre is shown to the right and
a printable copy may be downloaded.
Click here for address and
Items for Sale
Some of the following items are in short supply and may no longer be
The Glaven Historian
issues 6 to13 - The journal of the BAHS
The Glaven Historian issues 1 to 5 - A compilation in
PDF format on a single CD
Blakeney in the 18th Century - Produced by the BAHS
Postcards depicting local scenes in years gone by
CD entitled St Margaret's Cley-next-the-Sea - The Medieval
Building History by Gerald Randall - April 2007. The architecture
of this wonderful church has been a passion of the author for many years
and he has drawn on his knowledge of churches throughout Europe to produce
this scholarly and detailed account of St Margaret's. It discusses not
only architectural features and the underlying geometry, but also the
historical context including the families involved and the subsequent
enlargement of the building. The CD is prepared in MS Word and includes
some 53 pages of text, drawings and plans plus photographs.It is a must
for anybody interested in the early history of the Church and the area.
Visiting The History Centre
Researchers and visitors wishing to use film or fiche readers on a Tuesday
morning are strongly advised to reserve a place in advance as
both equipment and table space are very limited. Access to large maps
and documents cannot
be guaranteed on Tuesday mornings.
Public Openings 2017
Reopening Tuesday, March 7th,
10.30am till 1pm, then the first Tuesday
morning of each month until
October 3rd, inclusive.
It is possible to book appointments
for other days and at different times throughout the year
for a small charge. These appointments must be made in advance and
will guarantee that all resources and equipment are available.
Click here for contact details for
making either an appointment or reservation. Remember to state
clearly the purpose
of your visit and include a SAE for confirmation if writing.
There is ample free parking space in the Village Hall car park.
Please note that the Centre welcomes everybody, but we do ask
people not to bring babies or animals, while children under
16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Note: Researchers and visitors
wishing to use maps, film or fiche readers are strongly advised
to book and reserve space as both equipment and table space are
Click here for contact details.
The Society is an entirely voluntary organization
and regrettably cannot provide a research service. You are encouraged,
however, to visit the History Centre, during normal opening hours,
where help and guidance can be provided. Before visiting the
Centre, enquirers may wish to send a stamped addressed envelope
(A5) for a copy
of the Centre's
If a clear account of your enquiry is included it may be possible
to provide more information on the relevant resources available.
Alternatively, you might like to post your enquiry in our
If you have any old photographs, maps, deeds, records
or documents about the area and would be happy for the Centre to make
copies, then please contact the History Centre Manager.