Glaven Historian 7 (2004)

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Five Thousand Years on Blakeney Eye

Chris Birks

Synopsis: An excavation carried out on Blakeney Eye in 2003 produced evidence of human use of the site since prehistoric times and expanded knowledge of the ‘chapel’ structure. A gold bracteate from about the 6th century demonstrated wider cultural links during this period, as did pottery from the 15th and 16th centuries. Beneath the turf surface the ‘chapel’ consists of two separate cells, one with substantial walls having a cobbled area at the western end.

Punt-gunning on Blakeney Harbour:- Extracts From the Wildfowling Journal of William Bolding Monement

Richard Jefferson, Brent Johnson & Frank Hawes

Synopsis: W Bolding Monement (1846-1925) was one of the leading gentleman wildfowlers of his day. He lived in Weybourne in the house that is now the Maltings Hotel which he had inherited from his uncle W J J Bolding whose photography was the subject of an article in The Glaven Historian No.6. His wildfowling journal, kept in a hardback morocco-bordered exercise book, was started in 1880 and covered not only three trips to Scotland and the Hebridies and seven to the Netherlands but also these two accounts of punt-gunning locally.

‘They seek them here, they seek them there’ or the Migration of people to and from the three Glaven Villages in the second half of the nineteenth Century:

John Peake.

Synopsis: Using the census records for 1851 and 1881 the movements of people to and from Blakeney, Wiveton and Cley are explored. Short distance migration was prevalent, with long distance being to London and more importantly north to Westoe and South Shields. The population in the villages fell by 20% and the importance of migrants in maintaining their vitality is discussed. The effect of this fall was not spread evenly across the community and its impact on the villages is discussed.

A very Brief History of The Blakeney Players

Janet Harcourt

Synopsis: A very brief history of a group of amateur thespians and their place in the community. This is put into its historical context in the days before entertainment became largely passive.

A Port in Decline: Blakeney & Cley 1850 -1914

Jonathan Hooton

Synopsis: An analysis of the period from the mid-nineteenth century that marked the terminal decline and extinction of the Glaven ports drawing on Ships’ Registers and Harbour Company’s records among other sources.

Investigation of a Late Iron Age or early Roman burial at Letheringsett with Glandford, Norfolk

David Gurney

Synopsis: Following the discovery of a patera, an investigation to establish its immediate context indicates that the vessel forms part of a richly-furnished Late Iron Age or early Roman burial.

The Highs and Lows of living in Blakeney – Some thoughts on Mariners and their Memorials

Pamela Peake

Synopsis: Some of the last vestiges of Blakeney’s maritime heritage are to be found amongst the headstones in the churchyard of St. Nicholas. They are the monumental inscriptions that provide tantalising glimpses of sea-faring families, clues to lifeboats, tales of wrecks in far off places, named vessels and tragic misadventure. This article explores some of the stories behind these inscriptions.

Poetry Please

Peter Wordingham

Worth their Salt

Richard Kelham

The Origins of Taylor’s Wood

Richard Kelham

The Measurement of Ships

Richard Kelham