To avoid constant emailing of members and visitors
on our mailing list, this page will try to keep members and visitors
up to date with news relating to the BAHS and from elsewhere.
Please see our events
page for details of future BAHS events as they are not listed here. Please see our
outings page for details of future BAHS outings as they are not listed here.
Beer & Bridges: Holt's Neglected Arhitect William Mindham
Sunday, 23 July 2017 7pm at the Kings Head, Letheringsett
BAHS member, Margaret Bird, is giving a talk
on William Mindham the designer of many landmark buildings locally.
Two-course buffet supper in the garden marquee. Tickets £28.00
to include free glass of wine, Norfolk beer or soft drink. Tel.
01263 712691 to book.
Mindham designed public houses, including the King's Head at Letheringsett
(1808), the malt-kilns and brewery tun room beside the pub (early
19th century), and the bridge over the Glaven (1818).
He brought the Greek Architectural Revival to north Norfolk in
1809 with his Greek Doric portico at Letheringsett Hall, as well
as designing Holt's first two Wesleyan chapels and the original
Foundry Bridge over the Wensum in Norwich (1810).
here for more about Mindham's
Click here for more details of the Holt Festival.
Tour of three Medieval churches with wall paintings
Saturday, 12th August 2017
The 'Friends of All Saints Church, Hemblington'
have asked us to inform members about a tour of three churches
which each contains Medieval wall paintings, including the death
of St Thomas at Canterbury, two versions of the Seven Acts of Mercy,
and "the living and the dead" sequence.
The tour will be led by the local Rural Dean, Rev'd Canon N. Garrard
and refreshments will be offered at the end of the tour, all for £11
For more information please see the home page of their website www.hemblingtonchurch.org.uk
BALH’s flagship event - Local History Day 2017
The keynote speaker will be the distinguished
historian, Professor Chris Dyer, whose theme will be ‘Local
societies on the move: migration and social mobility in the middle
ages’. Other speakers include Professor Geoff Timmins and
Dr Alan Crosby on ‘Housing and local history: research agendas
and practical issues’.
The Annual General Meeting of BALH will be held at 12.30pm and
will be chaired by Professor Caroline Barron, President of BALH,
who will later be presenting the 2017 awards for research and publication,
for a society newsletter, and for personal achievement in local
For more information and to book your place online please click
Call for stories on the Battle of Gaza for Norfolk in the First
World War exhibition
here for poster.
The Forum, Norwich, is appealing for the people
of North Norfolk to share their stories and memories of relatives
who fought in the Second Battle of Gaza, 17-19 April 1917 to mark
its centenary in April. Hundreds of Norfolk men who served in The
Norfolk Regiment fought in this battle, including many from North
Norfolk and The Forum is keen to hear from local people who may
have stories, photographs, letters and objects relating to the
Second Battle of Gaza.
Information and stories of local soldiers will help add to the
research for The Forum’s community project ‘Norfolk
in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’. The project
honours Norfolk’s First World War heroes and runs until November
2018 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Local people with information on their connections to the Second
Battle of Gaza are invited to get in touch with The Forum’s
Learning Manager, Sarah Power via email or
on 01603 727977.
All of the research and learning from the project will culminate
in a Battle of Gaza exhibition starting at The Forum and the Norfolk & Norwich
Millennium Library on 18 April 2017. Following this, the exhibition
and an accompanying film will go on tour to schools and community
venues around the county.
We will be holding two talks at The Forum on the Battle of Gaza
on the evening of Wednesday 19th April which your members may be
Norfolk Record Office Conference
Saturday February 24th 2017, 10:30am – 3.30pm
Find out about successful HLF applications, BBC
Voices, and much more. The fee also includes a one-day photography
permit which is worth £10.50 and lunch.
Call 01603 2225999 or click
War Memorials Workshop, Norwich
24th 2017, 9.45am – 1.00pm
The workshop is being held as part of the national
First World War Memorials Programme.
Don’t miss your chance to find out how to assess the condition
of your local war memorials, obtain funding for their repair and
make a positive difference to an important part of your local heritage.
The project covers war memorials of all types and volunteers are
needed to record those that are in good as well as poor condition.
Free places can be reserved by visiting by clicking
here or by email or
telephone 0151 707 4319
Refreshments will be provided.
Exhibition of the Pentney Brooches at the Lynn
10 January - 28 February 2017
Two of the extraordinary Pentney brooches will
be on display at the Lynn Museum. This special display features
two of the Pentney
brooches on loan from the British Museum. These silver brooches
were found in 1977 when a grave was being dug in Pentney churchyard,
ten miles outside King’s Lynn. Six brooches were found and
two are to be displayed here. At the time, neither their age nor
value were recognised and they were left in the church parish chest.
A few years later the brooches were brought into Norwich Castle
Museum where they were identified as dating from the Anglo-Saxon
period and of great rarity and archaeological importance. During
the Anglo-Saxon period brooches like these were worn to fasten
clothing. All the Pentney brooches have cruciform designs, although
the cross is more obvious in some than others.
The display will open to the public on Tuesday 10th January and
run through to the end of February. Our colleague Dr. Tim Pestell
will be giving a talk about the brooches and the period in the
museum on the 8th February. His subject will be ‘Anglo-Saxon
East Anglia and the Pentney Hoard’. East Anglia was one of
the wealthiest regions of England in the Anglo-Saxon period, which
makes it easier to understand why such a fabulous hoard of jewellery
like the Pentney brooches was buried here. Dr. Pestell’s
talk will look at why the region was so rich and why the hoard
may have been buried.
The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 – 5
and admission is free.
The museum hopes that people can come to Lynn to see the brooches,
and we would be fascinated to hear if anyone remembers their discovery.
Film Slide Show on Blakeney, Wiveton
and Cley & Mardle 28th October 2016
Wiveton Parish Room
We have been asked to pass this
on to our members:
On Friday 28th October we will be hosting another talk with slides
by local historian Philip West covering memories of Blakeney, Wiveton
and Cley. 7.30pm start.
Philip's talks are entertaining and fascinating, and it's also
an opportunity to see lots of slides of this area in the past.
Accompanied by Wiveton’s Janet Harcourt and Godfrey Sayers
and from Cley Richard Newton, all of whom have years of knowledge
of the history of the local area, characters and events –they
will be regaling us with facts and tales from the past.
Do you know whether your house was used as a poor house or was
it a local shop?
Come along and bring your own memories and knowledge to participate
in an evening of nostalgia.
5 including a glass of wine/soft drink at the interval (pay on
the night), raffle.
Booking advisable, tickets available on the door, please reply
by email or phone Michelle on 01263 711585.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity!
Morningthorpe Manor Country House
Sale starting 6th September 2016
One of the largest private collections of Norfolk related archives
is being auctioned as part of the Morningthorpe Manor Country House
Sale from 6 September. The Norfolk Record Office needs help to
secure many of these items so that the unique information they
contain on Norfolk’s past can be preserved and made freely
accessible to the public. More
information is contained on our
The Record Office is working with a recently established charity,
the Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH),
to raise funds in support of this appeal. If you are able to help
us by donating money to NORAH you will be helping to secure these
important historical records for generations to come. To thank
those who have helped us, we will be holding a special event at
the Record Office where items purchased in the sale will be on
If you would like to discuss this in more detail please get in
touch with me at the Record Office; whatever help you can give
would be most appreciated.
BAHS Spring Outing 18 April
This year's Spring Outing is to Ware Hall House and the new Agricultural
Exhibition at Holkham Hall.
October 2015: Save Norfolk's History
It has been proposed that Norfolk County Council
withdraw funding from finds identification and recording service
from next April (2016). This would leave posts funded solely by
the Portable Antiquities Scheme: A Finds Liaison Officer, a Data
Input Assistant (half-time) and a numismatist (half funded by the
portable antiquities scheme). So in affect 4.5 posts would be reduced
by 2.5 to 2 posts.
If you wish to object please follow the link
below and sign the petition against these cuts:
to Save Norfolk's History
23 October 2015: Hunstanton to Blakeney
A Retrospective View
A talk with slides by local historian Philip West
Friday 23rd October
7.00 for 7.30 start
Wiveton Parish Room
Tickets £5 on the door including glass of wine/ soft drink
[This is not a BAHS talk]
1 October 2015: Magna Carta & the Binham Connection
An illustrated presentation by Nicholas Vincent,
Professor of Medieval History, U. E. A., an acknowledged expert
on Magna Carta
Binham Priory, Thursday 1st October 2015 at 7.30 pm
Binham Local History Group
Baron Robert Fitzwalter had a very colourful life including playing
a significant role in the actions leading to the drafting of Magna
Carta. For many years he was also Lord of the Manor of Binham and
Patron of the Priory. During this time he was much involved with
events which would have influenced his increasingly fractious relationship
with King John. In his later years he initiated the building of
our great West Front, completing the Priory Church in spectacular
fashion. It is so appropriate that this evening, which promises
a fascinating insight into a significant time of our history, should
be jointly hosted by the Friends of Binham Priory and the Binham
Local History Group in Binham Priory.
Tickets £5, including a glass of wine
Tickets from David Frost on 01328 830362 or email, David
[This is not a BAHS talk]
September 2015: BALH Newsletter
The BAHS is a member of the British Association
of Local History (BALH). Below is a link to their website and their
most recent newsletter.
August 2015: Glaven Historian Issue 8 (2005) Online
With few printed copies of Issue 8 of the Glaven
Historian still available for purchase we have made the issue available
Try the History Centre or the Crabpot book shop
in Cley if you wish to own a printed copy.
South Creake Talks
Battle of Agincourt to be given by Dr Juliet Barker
at South Creake at 7.00pm on Friday 4 September 2015.
Making Sense of the Bible to be given by Dr Jeffrey
John, Dean of St Albans, at 7pm on Friday 2 October 2015
We understand both lectures are free.
Cley Marshes Talks
The Conservation Movement In Norfolk
Thursday 4 June, 7.30pm
Coastlines - Patrick Barkham
Monday 8 June, 7.30pm
Art and the Sea
Thursday 18 June, 7.30pm
Poetry & Pimms
Saturday 15 August, 7pm
Crime and Punishment evening at Norfolk Record Office
Norfolk Record Office are holding an event on
Thursday, 4 June between 5pm to 6:30pm. The event will include a
talk on how to trace your criminal ancestors.
Spring Outing 2015
to read about the Spring outing.
Donation by Blakeney Parish Council
On Thursday19th March at the Annual Parish Meeting
in Blakeney Village Hall, Pam Peake accepted a cheque from the Parish
Council Community Fund on behalf of the History Centre. Pam explained
that the donation will be used towards a presentation case for the
Hetty lifeboat model and that this means we are closer to our goal
of having the Hetty lifeboat on display in St. Nicholas Church in
front of its service board.
After accepting the cheque Pam gave an interesting
talk about the men from Blakeney who fought in WW1 and that five
names are missing from the Memorial in New Road.
The History Centre also had a presentation in
the Village Hall and a handout
on The Great War 1914-18 about 25th April Anzac Day and Anzac biscuits.
here to see handout.
Three Short Illustrated Talks
Tuesday 24th March 2015 at 7:30pm
Cley Village Hall
Singapore in the 1950s' by Tim Ambler
A Kenya Safari by Richard Jefferson
Tales of a Beachcomber by Richard Porter
[Added 26 February 2015]
'Study Day' on Great Yarmouth in the Fourteenth Century &
the Battle of Sluys (1340)
Great Yarmouth Local History & Archaeological
Society is holding this event.
The study day will be followed by the unveiling of a 'blue plaque'
on the Custom House on South Quay.
2015 is 675th anniversary of this battle in which Yarmouth men
and ships were heavily involved and as Great Yarmouth Local History
& Archaeological Society felt that few people knew of the events
that happened all those years ago we should do our best to educate
those who might be interested.
This project expanded greatly and led on to the organizing of
our Study Day and we have gained the services of three very distinguished
historians who have agreed to speak at St George's Theatre on 27th
June this year.
Please note the writing on the above programme
describing Dr. Craig Lambert should read "Senior Lecturer Southampton
Marine and Maritime Institute".
Professor Bailey also advises me that research since Professor
Hoskins wrote his excellent book 'Local History in England' (Longman
1959) details of Yarmouth has updated his research as follows:-
In the 1334 Lay Subsidy Yarmouth's tax charge placed it 7th in the
rank order of English towns (no need to cite Hoskins for this, which
is now long outdated on this point, though not on many others!),
and the number of taxpayers in the first Poll Tax of 1377 placed
it 19th...already in decline!
Andrew Fakes (President)
72, Lawn Avenue, Great Yarmouth NR30 1QW
[Added 26 February 2015]
Windsor, Eton and The Great Park: Their Place in History
I am writing to invite members of The Blakeney Area Historical Society (BAHS) to join us for a unique four day history retreat
in the beautiful setting of Cumberland Lodge. This educational event,
running from 30 March – 2 April 2015, will offer visitors
the chance to discover the rich history of Windsor, Eton and the
magnificent Great Park, with visits to:
Windsor Castle the oldest inhabited castle in
the world, and home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Eton College founded by King Henry VI, one of
the world's most famous schools with a rich history and alumni.
Magna Carta and J.F. Kennedy memorials at Runnymede
the focal point of events in 2015 to mark the 800th anniversary
of the signing of the Magna Carta.
The Savill Garden one of the country's finest
ornamental gardens, situated in Windsor Great Park.
To guide visitors through their stay, the four day event will also
include talks by William Shawcross (official biographer
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother), Hugo
Vickers, (writer, broadcaster and royal historian) Lady
Jane Roberts, (former Royal Librarian and Keeper of the
Print Room at Windsor Castle) and Mark Flanagan
(Keeper of the Gardens, Windsor Great Park).
Situated in the heart of Windsor Great Park, Cumberland Lodge is
a former royal residence, and has been the home of an educational
foundation since 1947 by kind permission of the monarch. The foundation
arrangers conferences, retreats, lectures and other educational
activities, and is renowned for its ‘English country house’
The four day residential retreat costs £595 per room (shared
accommodation) or £450 per person (single occupancy). We would
be delighted if members of The Blakeney Area Historical Society (BAHS) could
join us for this event and would be grateful if you could circulate
this to your members. If you would like printed copies of the leaflet
or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Lodge.
With best wishes,
Administrator, Cumberland Lodge Programme
[Added 26 February 2015]
Local History Day 2015
The British Association for Local History
is holding this event.
The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham,
B4 6AF Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 6 June 2015, 10:30am to 4:30pm
[Added 16 December 2014]
Christmas in the Trenches
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 29 November 2014, 10:30am to 4pm
[Added 5 November 2014]
From Peter Trudgill, EDP, Monday 13th October 2014 using the excellent
Glaven Historian as a source for the article.
here to read what is on Wivetoin Parish Council's website.
[Added 3 November 2014]
A Monk's Life
Friday 17th October 2014 at 7.30 pm at Binham Priory Church
A presentation in words and music by Andrés Hernandez-Salazar
[Added 9 October 2014]
Glaven Historian 14
The 2014 issue of the Glaven Historian has now been published.
[Added 23 September 2014]
The Company of Preachers
This course is being run by Mary Fewster at Wells WEA, weekly for
seven Tuesdays from 30th September, 10.30 - 12.30, at the Friends
Meeting House, Church Street, Wells.
'The Company of Preachers' looks at the social history
and impact of preachers, new religious movements and their buildings
in Norfolk and East Anglia from the Reformation until the beginning
of 20th Century. The fee for seven weeks is £45.
[Added 15 September 2014]
BAHS Annual General Meeting
The event on 30th
September will be preceded by a short AGM.
Click here to see the AGM papers.
[Added 5 September 2014]
The Merchant houses in the heart of Blakeney High Street
On Saturday 6th September a pleasant walk exploring
the Merchant houses in Blakeney was led by Pam Peake. Around 18
members and guests were escorted around the gardens and outsides
of two Merchant houses that were built and further enhanced by the
Brereton, Page and Turner families. The walk focussed on the evolution
of the Merchant House once part of the Page and Turner estates but
also took in other houses and the Methodist Chapel in the High Street.
[Added 7 September 2014]
Crabs, Cliffs and Coasters
A retrospective view of the north Norfolk
Coast on Friday 24th October at 7.30pm in Wiveton Parish Room.
The talk is by local historian Philip West.
7pm for a 7:30 start.
Glass of wine/soft drink & Raffle.
£3.50 on the door.
[Added 4 September 2014]
Binham Priory Conservation and Community Project
Invitation to a Presentation about this
project on Tuesday 16th September at 7.30pm in Binham Memorial Hall.
A new Binham Priory Conservation and Community Project needs your
help. Binham Parochial Church Council and Friends of Binham Priory
are working in partnership to submit a grant application to the
Heritage Lottery Fund. This is to provide for long-term conservation;
raise awareness of the heritage significance and involve people
and the community to sustain Binham Priory for future generations.
The project will conserve the west front and carry out repair works
on the south and east elevations. Internally, it will repair cracks
in the upper walling and replace the outdated electrical wiring
system. To enable wider and increased use by the community, new
work will be undertaken to improve and enhance the church building
and pathways. This will include lighting of a performance space;
improved heating and car parking arrangements.
A programme of activities and events is being planned and the Project
Team would like ideas to help put this together. What would you
like to know more about? Do you have suggestions for workshops and
day schools, for family events and children’s involvement?
Please come to a Presentation on Tuesday 16th September at 7.30pm
in Binham Memorial Hall to hear more about the project and how you
– and local and wider communities – can be involved.
Please let Pauline Scott know by 15th September, if you are attending.
If you are unable to attend the Presentation but would like more
details; have any queries or wish to be involved, please email
Anne Mason, Project Manager or email
Pauline Scott, Chair of the Project Team,
[Added 30 August 2014]
BAHS July 2014 Newsletter now online.
[Added 27 July 2014]
19-27 July 2014: Egypt
Through The Artist's Eye
Part of the Holt Festival, Egypt Through The
Artist's Eye is open 11am to 5pm in the Meeting Room, St Andrew's
A loan exhibition of paintings and ancient artefacts,
including small works from some of the most important private collections
ever put together, a very rare Tutankhamun piece, augmented by original
film and rare recordings of Howard Carter, original drawings, the
only existing bound, printed copy of his album of watercolours of
birds and animals. Also including works by David Roberts, Edward
Lear, Frederick Goodall and other important artists, together with
travel diaries and ephemera never before exhibited.
here for further details.
In the Special Lecture Series there is a lecture
Howard Carter (1874-1939) Artist, Naturalist & Archaeologist
on Thursday 24th 10.00am - 5.00pm at Old School Hall, Church Street,
The cost is £45 Includes coffee, light lunch,
tea and followed by drinks
here for further details.
2014: Archaeological walks and talks in Reepham
here for details of various Archaeological walks and talks in
12 May 2014: BAHS Spring Outing
for details of the spring outing plus pictures
7 May 2014: Free Training Talk
To Whom it may concern,
I am writing to you from the Eighth in the East project
in the hope that your group might be interested in a free training
talk we are running. We are a 3 year project funded by the Heritage
Lottery Fund to look at the impact the Eighth American Air Force
had on the landscape and local communities in the east of England.
Through a series of archaeology training days, oral history recording,
museum development, school visits and community events, we hope
to encourage local people to learn more about their area and how
it linked to the Americans in World War Two. Our partners in this
project include The University of East Anglia, The East Anglian
Film Archive, as well as The Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
We also have a number of other partners in the other regions we
are covering, including Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
More information about our project can be found at www.8theast.org
As part of the project, we will be running a number of training
days for groups of volunteers in how to archaeologically record
some of the remaining standing buildings at airfields. I was wondering
if this is something your members might be interested in? The talk
is about an hour. We have our own projector, laptop and screen.
This talk can be run on any day of the week at any time depending
on when you can fit us in. The hope is that volunteers will then
be able to go away and start recording buildings on their own and
we can collect the results and add them to the local Historic Environment
Record and see how much of these airfields remain.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Eighth in the East
New Heritage Solutions
If anyone in the BAHS is interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we get sufficient interest we will contact Hannah and see if
we can arrange this.
30 March 2014: The entry in April's
Glaven Valley Newsletter about the recent loss of Sheila Harvey
mentioned that she appeared being interviewed in a 1961 film about
the Blakeney Neighbourhood Housing Society (BNHS).
here to see the archive film about the BNHS including an interview
with Mrs Norah Clogstoun who founded the BNHS in 1946. Whilst on
the East Anglian Film Archive website if you do a search for local
places such as Blakeney or Cley you will other interesting film
here for information about the BNHS today and in the past.
19 March 2014: British Association
for Local History (BALH) March Newsletter. Read
19 March 2014: Please see our
new web page on books and publications that are hopefully of interest
to our members. Read more...
19 March 2014:
2014 Excavation season of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological
Research Project. Read
19 March 2014:
New enquiry in guest book regarding the Blakeney steam lighter 'Yankee'.
6 February 2014:
New enquiry in guest book regarding the West Beckham Workhouse.
20 January 2014: New enquiry
in guest book regarding the naming a rowing skiff. Read
10 January 2014: New enquiry
in guest book regarding Katherine Johnson from Cley. Read
10 January 2014: The Yellow Caravan - a trip round
Norfolk in 1912
||This fascinating talk by Juliet Webster was held on Tuesday,
17 December 2013 at the British Legion Harbour rooms to around
fifty members and visitors. We were taken back in time on a
two-week horse-dawn caravan holiday round Norfolk 100 years
ago in pictures and poetry by Honor Elwes and her two intrepid
26 November 2013: Pathways to History: researching
public rights of way in Norfolk
This interesting talk by Dr Sarah Spooner and Dr Jon Gregory of
the UEA was held at the British Legion Harbour rooms to nearly sixty
members and visitors.
6 November 2013: Houghton Revisited
The magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime
Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, sold to Catherine the Great to adorn
the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, is reassembled in its spectacular
original setting for the first time in over 200 years. This exhibition
ran until 24 November 2013.
12-15 September 2013: Heritage Open Days
A contribution from the History Centre Blakeney to ‘Ships Ahoy’
500 years of Blakeney Haven. An exhibition and tours at St Nicholas
Church, Blakeney on 12-15 September: 2-4pm
Maritime History through Ship Graffiti, presentation model of
the Hettie lifeboat; stories from the Churchyard, paintings, photographs
and even more.
here for poster
June 2013: Chris Barringer
Chris Barringer played a fundamental part in the formation of this
Society. In 1990 he was invited to give a series of lectures in
Blakeney and two more series followed in 1991 and 1992.
2013: Blakeney Lifeboat Hettie
An exceptional presentation model of Blakeney lifeboat the Hettie
has returned to the village of Blakeney after being donated to the
April 2013: A local 18th century diarist
A highlight of 2013 was the publication in late April of a new
study of working and religious life in the Blakeney area. The 5
volumes by Margaret Bird are based on the diaries of Mary Hardy
and the author has generously presented a copy to the History Centre.
2012: Glaven Historian 13
Details of the Glaven Historian Issue 13 are now on the website
and the Glaven Historian 13 is now available to purchase.