Local People & Characters


This page lists information (images AND text) that covers individuals and their collections and papers. This information is provided to assist in deciding whether a visit to the History Centre may benefit your research. However, please do not assume that it is either complete or accurate.

Images (which may be clicked on to enlarge) are provided as they often convey more information than the text that follows . The images may also help with locating information within the History Centre.

Local People

Click here for the local people gallery.

Blakeney Remembers: World War 1 Armistice Centenary 2018.

Click here to view. The brochure lists those who gave their lives and those who came back.

The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey, Volumes 1-5.

Mary Hardy Diaries

Included in the History Centre collection are the following publications by Margaret Bird who kindly donated the set in the History Centre:

A guide to the papers of Kenneth Allen, Mellor and W. J. Bolding.

Kenneth Allen Papers, Boxes 1-6

Eleanor Arthur (nee Long), Blakeney. Known as Nelly (Obituary) by Morris Arthur. Published in Glaven Valley Newsletter

Brigadier Mellor Papers

W. J. Bolding Papers, Weybourne

Basil Cozens-Hardy Papers

Anna Browne (nee Luddington), Wiveton (Obituary)

Colin ‘Cobo’ Cobon, Blakeney.

An address given as the 2002 East Coast Wildfowling Conference whilst Chairman of the Blakeney and district Wildfowlers Association

Alexander Crundall

Abstract of the Title of Alexander Crundall to Freehold Hereditaments pt. Blakeney Est.

George Adam Fox, Wiveton (Interview with)

John ‘Shot’ Bone (Memories of) by Morris Arthur, 21 February 2006

Burroughes Deposit (2 folders)

George Adam Fox (Interview with)

  • The Modern ‘Young Man’ of Wiveton
  • 27 September 1935
  • Reminiscences of an agile nonagenarian

Godfrey Sayers (Memories from)

How the (Second World) War came to Cley by Ian Massingham (A Memory)

Jefferson Collection, Cley, Weybourne and elsewhere

Johnson Jex of Letheringsett

Lesley Victor Page (Obituary)

Born in Hempstead

Local Characters of Blakeney (A memory by R.B. Dew, 2005)

  • Jacob Holiday, the shoesmith
  • Old Palmer
  • Charlie Long, the Coxswain

Peter Catling (Images)

Ryder Deposit: Langham

Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin (buried at St. Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney)

The Paston Letters, two volumes

Mabel Simonds (nee Kay)

Memories of a Norfolk Childhood. Born 4th April, 1912 at Zetland House, Cley-next-the-Sea.

Childhood spent at Manor Farm House, Blakeney where her father, Dr A R Kay, had his practice. Moved to Halfway House, the High Street, Blakeney in 1929, then Clark’s House on the Quay,1935 before leaving for Hampshire.

John Ware Wallace (Beacon Cottage)

Furniture Sale Catalogue, 20 June 1985

Martha Whisker, embroidery sampler, Blakeney School, June 1879

Born in Salthouse, Buried in Blakeney Churchyard.

Tony Wright (Funeral Address, 5 January 2011)

Ellis (Wells next the Sea) & Crown Hotel