Glaven Historian 6 (2003)

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W J J Bolding (1815-1899), Pioneer North Norfolk Photographer

Richard Jefferson

Synopsis: an introduction to work of a pioneer photographer from Weybourne. As well as giving family background, the author traces connections with members the Norwich School of painters.

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The Ann of Clay Capt Francis Plumb 1841

Jonathan Hooton

Synopsis: the author gives background on the artistic genre known as “pierhead painting” and traces the origin of a particular example which features a locally owned vessel

Reminiscences of the Glaven Valley: Care of the Dying and the Dead in the First 50 years of the 20th Century

Monica White

Synopsis: an account of local nursing and funeral practices in the first half of the 20th century with reference to the customs and personalities as recalled by some of the people who lived in the Glaven villages at that time and was collected by the author at the suggestion of the present Rector, the Rev. Philip Norwood.>

A Family of Substance: George Brigge of Wiveton and his relatives

Pamela Peake

Synopsis: the brass memorials for George and Anne Brigge and the earlier cadaver are the starting points for exploring this family that held a manor in Wiveton, now known as Wiveton Brigges, yet seemingly never lived in the parish. Early colour is provided by wills from the 16th century, highlighting a family of substance with property across the county. They were essentially medieval in outlook where values of honour, integrity of an inheritance and the permanence of the name were paramount. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in George Brigge’s will, while his memorial is a lasting legacy to the family.

The Glebe Terriers of Cley: Changes in the Landscape during the 17th & 18th Centuries

John Peake

Synopsis: changes in field patterns in Cley are analysed using a sequence of 200 years of glebe terriers. The few years between 1760 and 1765 are identified as the period when the medieval pattern of open fields largely disappeared and a new order was established Information on 4 parsonages is presented and the Thomlinson family identified as key players in initiating change.

Some comments on the Blakeney Census of 1871

John Wright

Synopsis: some 25 years ago the author copied out, on visits to Public Record Office in London, the 1871 census returns for Blakeney. While looking for names to append to the family tree, other questions came to mind. What were the occupations of the residents? How many were born in Blakeney? How many children were there? Could comparison with the censuses of 1770 and 1971 help to illustrate long-term social changes? This article revisits notes made at the time, but it remains a collection of comments rather than a systematic demographic study. 

Further Field Walking at Field Dalling

Eric Hotblack

Synopsis: a follow up to two sessions of field walking undertaken by BAHS members.

Blakeney Eye: some Comments on Current Investigations

John Wright

Synopsis: the Chapel on Blakeney Eye has been a ‘fact’ of local history for centuries yet evidence of its existence is hard to come by. The BAHS recently (1998/99) carried out field work at the site and prepared an account of the surviving documents. Even more recently (2002/03) an extensive archaeological investigation of the Eye has been conducted on behalf of the Environment Agency. This note outlines the nature of the studies. Any fuller account must await the release of the detailed report on the work carried out and the interpretation of finds.

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