2019 Past Events

29th January: Talks By Members

Tuesday 29 January 2019 2:30pm

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

These talks are open to all but are given by members.

The Monement Family of Cley

Monement Family
Monement Family

F.W.Monement (1858-1943) inherited the Cley estate on the death of his uncle W.J.J.Bolding in 1899, and built The Green in 1900.

Richard Jefferson

Medieval stained glass in St Margaret’s, Cley and the Norwich school of glass

St Agatha - St Margarets Church, Cley-next-the-Sea
St Agatha – St Margarets Church Cley

Roger Bland

Norfolk’s 17th century tokens and the issues of Cley

Adrian Marsden

Tuesday 26 February 2019 2:30pm

A shortage of small change in the England of the 1650s and 1660s was solved by local traders issuing their own tokens.

These farthings and halfpennies were issued by many individuals across Norfolk, including John Wilch and Richard Shaw at Cley.

Adrian will talk about the background behind these tokens series and will look at the Cley issues in particular.

Cley-next-the-Sea Token farthing 1667
Cley Token farthing 1667

Wars of the Roses and the Paston letters

Dr Rob Knee

Tuesday 26 March 2019 7:30pm

The Paston Letters provide a unique commentary on the Wars of the Roses at both a national and a local level.

The Letters record the changing fortunes of ‘House Paston’ as the family navigated their way through their various sieges and confrontations with the Dukes of Suffolk and Norfolk at Gresham Castle, Hellesdon Manor and Caister Castle.

What little conflict actually took place in Norfolk invariably involved the Paston Family.

Caister Castle
A View of Caister Castle

The Warrens of Breckland

Anne Mason

Tuesday 30 April 2019 7:30pm

Venue: Harbour Room, RBL, High Street, Blakeney

A history of 600 years of the warrening industry and the surviving archaeological evidence in the landscape.

Breckland Warrens
Breckland Warrens

Tuesday 24th September 2019 7:30pm

This lecture replaces the previously publicised lecture “Snowdrifts and burning gods: Travels in the footsteps of artist James Baillie Fraser” by Ben Cartwright.

Hidden Faces

Dr John Talbot

An introduction to the beautiful and sophisticated art on pre-Roman East Anglian coinage, and an overview of what the coinage was used for and who was responsible for its production.

The lecture will present the results of an extensive study of the coinage of the Iceni focussing in particular on the complex imagery used on the early silver and gold issues. The lecture will also discuss how hard evidence arising from the study of coinage has been used to examine economic and social practices in East Anglia during the hundred years or so before the Roman conquest.

Dr John Talbot is affiliated with Oxford University and has spent over a decade studying the coinage of the Iceni. He is the author of “Made for Trade, a new view of Icenian Coinage”.

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Image 1: A composite image of 3 coins showing almost the complete engraving on a die used to strike Icenian gold staters
Image 2: The horse on the reverse of the Bury D, a very early unit, that is discussed in the talk.

Tuesday 29th October 2019 7:30pm

Captain Marryat & the Langham Connection

Jim Ring

Best known for ‘The Children of the New Forest’ Captain Marryat was actually a man of many parts.

He was a distinguished naval officer who saw action in the Napoleonic Wars and thrice saved the lives of fellow seaman who had fallen overboard by diving into the sea; he was an inventor whose work earned him the fellowship of the Royal Society; and he was one of the first novelists of the sea, whose work put wind in the sails of CS Forester and Patrick O’Brien.

In this talk, Jim Ring – local author and award winning naval historian – pays tribute to a great man who lived and died in Langham.

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Captain Marryat

The talk is preceded by a short AGM

Tuesday 26th November 2019 7:30pm

Aylsham Roman Project

Peter Purdy

Aylsham Roman Project

December 2019

No meeting planned although there is a lunch organised on Tuesday 10th December at the White Horse, Blakeney.