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   Contact Us

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Books & Publications

Apart from our newsletters and journal, The Glaven Historian the following publications may be of interest.

Local Publishers

Lasse Press

The Lasse Press is an independent small publisher of non-fiction books of historical and general interest, based in Norwich, Norfolk, UK.

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Poppyland Publishing

Books and DVDs for those living in Norfolk or Suffolk, Cambridgeshire or Essex who areplanning a visit, interested in local history, tracking down your family history or love the natural history of East Anglia.

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Old Balaclava

Old Balaclava

Steve Benson & Richard Jefferson

This book, published in 2016, has the 100% of the sales proceeds going to the Walking with the Wounded charity.

It is the story of Private James Olley, Norfolk Survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade.


The Glaven Ports - People & Places

The Glaven Ports - People & Places

Liz Shand Kendall, Judith Paxton and John Warham

The book, published in 2014, is the fourth in a series of books on the North Norfolk Coast. It is a contemporary photographic record of the Glaven Ports of Blakeney, Cley, Morston and Wiveton with occasional reproduction of old photographs for comparison between then and now.

It includes pictures of the December 2013 storm surge.

Stiffkey with Cockthorpe A story of Norfolk people

Stiffkey with Cockthorpe Book

Stiffkey Local History Group

Stiffkey with Cockthorpe, published in 2013, is a book about the north Norfolk village of Stiffkey and the neighbouring hamlet of Cockthorpe.

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A Victorian Gentlemanís North Norfolk

A Victorian Gentleman’s North Norfolk

Published in 2013 and written by Richard Jefferson about WJJ Bolding and his place in early photography.


The local 18th-century diarist Mary Hardy

A book by Margaret Bird sheds light on working and religious life in the Blakeney area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It will be of great use to family and local historians and to specialists in a wide range of fields including family life, farming and manufacturing, public houses and distribution, the market towns, transport and shipping.

Mary Hardy

In April 2013 the five volumes of Mary Hardy's diary were published. The wife of a farmer, maltster and brewer, she wrote her diary at Letheringsett 1781-1809, and before then at Coltishall on the Broads. For the first time this 500,000-word manuscript will be available; until now only brief highlights had appeared.

The four-volume The Diary of Mary Hardy 1773-1809 is massively illustrated and annotated, each volume having over 100 pages of index. The one-volume The Remaining Diary of Mary Hardy 1773-1809 is pure transcription, and contains the entries excluded from the Diary set.

BAHS member Margaret Bird has so far spent 25 years researching and editing the text.

All five volumes will be for sale in the Holt Bookshop and some other local bookshops. You can read further details on the websites:

Margaret Bird has generously presented a copy of the diaries to the History Centre and is available for all to read when the History Centre is open.

Blakeney Point: From the Point to Cley and Salthouse.

  Blakeney Point

In 2012 the BAHS History Century published this early guide. Although written in 1917 by F W Oliver and A E Carey this guide still resonates today.

The guide contains additional explanatory notes (2012).