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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History Centre

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 villages.

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 your interests.

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


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Items for Sale

Some of the following items are in short supply and may no longer be available.

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 content of 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 2018

The History Centre is open on the following Tuesdays from 10:30 until 12:30

6 March
3 April

1 May
5 June
3 July
7 August
4 September
2 October

If our openings need to change we will try and post them on the website. So, please check here before visiting especially if travelling a distance.


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 limited.

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The Society is an entirely voluntary organisation 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 brochure. 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 guest book.

Document Donations

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.