2020 Past Events

Tuesday 28th January 2020 2:30pm

Talks By Members

Early Norfolk County Maps 1574-1703    ‘A Collector’s Journey’

Richard Jefferson 

A Surrey man, I married a Norfolk girl in 1966. To have a map of each of our counties to hang on the wall was a great idea. Within five years of being married I had purchased 90 Norfolk maps, and have yet (2019) to acquire a Surrey one.  

My talk, with many illustrations, is the story of my map collecting journey.

Early Norfolk Maps
Early Norfolk Maps

Cromer – A Georgian Seaside Resort

The English seaside holiday is usually perceived as a Victorian invention, with Brighton the only exception to that rule. In fact by 1800 all English counties with a coastline had at least one seaside resort, although the holidaymakers then were far from the enthusiastic Bank Holiday crowds of workers and tradesmen who flocked to the coast after the railways came.

Cromer and the Georgian Seaside Resorts
Cromer and the Georgian Seaside Resorts

Cromer was a provincial resort from at least 1750, despite its “mediocre buildings and foot-piercing streets”. Visitors were lured to Cromer for its humble but homely and affordable lodgings, its beach and the sea views from the cliffs, which inspired one author to a ten-page poem – “Hail wonder-teeming element! From Albion’s cliffs I greet you!” and gave followers of the Romantic movement great satisfaction.

This talk will place Cromer amongst such well-known resorts as Brighton, Margate and Scarborough.

Louise Allen

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea


Tuesday 25th February 2020 2:30pm

Binham Priory and development of Village

Binham Priory, founded in 1091, with the nave of the Priory Church the only building to remain after the dissolution of the Priory in 1438. View of the south façade.

The talk will explain the history of the Priory and its influence on the development of the village

Binham Priory
Binham Priory

David Frost

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea


Tuesday 31st March 2020 7:30pm

Unfortunately this meeting was cancelled due to restrictions in place to combat the Covid-19 virus.

Tales of Wells Harbour

Robert published the book Crossing the Bar: Tales of Wells Harbour after being inspired by the faces and places around him. He was made an MBE in 2016 and said the aim of the book was to take people on a journey of discovery “encountering the drama, tragedy and dark days of Wells harbour”.

The talk is about some of the stories that have been passed down through generations of the author’s own family, who have been residents in Wells since at least the early 1800s. While other stories are from the harbour archive and the memories of local people, many of which have never been in print before.

Wells Next the Sea Harbour
Tales of Wells Harbour

Robert Smith

Harbour Master of Wells next the Sea

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea


Tuesday 28th April 2020 7:30pm

Unfortunately this meeting was cancelled due to restrictions in place to combat the Covid-19 virus.

Blickling Belles – The Georgian Daughters of Blickling Hall

Kate Barnes

Venue: Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley-next-the-Sea