The Blakeney Area Historical Society (BAHS) in North Norfolk

The Blakeney Area Historical Society

Covering The Blakeney Haven (Blakeney, Cley, Morston,Salthouse, Wiveton) & Adjacent Hinterland

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Chris Barringer
1931 - 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. His ‘lectures’ took the form of talks which not only invited audience participation but also encouraged members of his classes to develop their interest in local history. Without his knowledge, enthusiasm and guidance the Society would not have been formed then, and perhaps not at all. He came back to Blakeney regularly and supported the Society in many ways giving lectures, presenting another course on local history in 2004 and offering advice on papers for the Society’s journal. He officially opened the History Centre over ten years ago and only ill health prevented his return in 2010 to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Society. His generosity of spirit was always evident and even when ill his sharp mind and humour were still evident. He also came with his wife Charlotte to enjoy short breaks in Blakeney as they both loved the place. With his passing in June 2013 the Society lost a founding spirit and a good friend.

Chris was brought up in Yorkshire, studied geography at Cambridge University and played rugby and cricket for many years. His first position was Head of Geography at Lancaster Royal Grammar School where he was also a sports coach. In 1965 he moved to Hethersett and took up the post of Resident Norfolk Tutor for the Cambridge University Board of Extra-Mural Studies. This entailed lecturing to many groups, including Aylsham, North Walsham and Mattishall, as well as Blakeney. Most of these groups produced their own publications under his guidance - Blakeney having the distinction of publishing a booklet (Blakeney in the 18th Century) after only one series of lectures. His principal interests were in Norwich with the King’s Street Group and Dragon Hall. When responsibility for providing adult education in Norfolk moved from Cambridge University to the UEA, Chris became its Director of Continuing Education until his retirement in 1995.

Chris was a leading member of historical and archaeological organisations in Norfolk and the author of several books. Members will know his two Poppyland books Exploring Norfolk Villages and Exploring the Norfolk Market Town , and his Norfolk - A History will be published posthumously.

John Wright, John Peake