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
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
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
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
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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
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
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.