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Whether you're living in Norfolk or Suffolk, Cambridgeshire or Essex, planning a visit, interested in local history, tracking down your family history or love the natural history of East Anglia, we hope we'll have some titles - books and DVDs - to interest you.
You can use your credit or debit card to make direct purchases from the site. In addition to Poppyland's own titles, we have the full range of titles in print from the prestigious Centre of East Anglian Studies. To use the 'Product Search' facility above, you only need to enter one word of interest - you don't, for instance, need to use the whole title of a book.
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Through Fire and Flood - Saving Norfolk's Archives
is published on 1st August 2014, 20 years on from the day that Norwich Central Library and its contents were burnt in a disastrous fire. Whilst all current and many historic publications were lost, the original documents representing a thousand years of Norfolk history and kept in the basement, survived. Remarkably it was water from the attempts to put out the fire that caused some damage, rather than the fire itself. Immediately access could be given to that basement where the Norfolk Record Office held its treasures, a rescue operation swung into action.
Author SAra Barton-Wood has interviewed many of those involved in the rescue of the documents and the planning and building of the new Archive Centre to bring us the compelling story of the creation of the splendid facilities the county has today. Your interest may be in a remarkable piece of local history, a story of how local and county decision-making does and doesn't work, or in the professional archiving of our world's history. If so, this is a book you will want to read; click Through Fire and Flood - Saving Norfolk's Archives to order online.
Once the huge fishing fleets of the east coast sailed for their catches; today the industry is a shadow of its former self. Fishing Talk: The Language of a Lost Industry
is a glossary of the language of 19th and 20 century fishing fleets, the words and phrases the crews and their families used in their daily lives. Author David Butcher recorded those words and enables us to recall and understand the times when hundreds of drifters and trawlers sailed from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
Through the 1970s and 1980s the men and women of the fishing industry gladly contributed to David's recordings, an oral history now safely housed in the Suffok Record Office. From those recordings he has produced a series of books and now he adds an illustrated glossary to enable us to understand past lives and hand on their heritage to future readers. Click Fishing Talk - The Language of a Lost Industry to order online. Use our 'Support and Resources' link to hear one of the original recordings.
Dorothy Jewson - Suffragette and Socialist
gives author Frank Meeres the chance to bring to life the story of a remarkable Norwich woman. A controversial figure from a well-known city business family, she was a pacifist and a tireless worker for the disadvantaged. From running a workshop for women through the First World War to her later work for the Independent Labour Party and Norwich City Council, Dorothy made her mark on the city of Norwich and the county of Norfolk, as well as further afield. It's available from all good bookshops or to read more and to order your copy online, click on Dorothy Jewson - Suffragette and Socialist
Maritime Norfolk Part Two
completes Robert Malster's comprehensive study of Norfolk's maritime history. In the first volume, we travelled from Wisbech to Kings Lynn and then round the coast to Caister on Sea. This latest title concentrates on Great Yarmouth, from the first establishment of a herring market on the gradually forming sandbank, through to the gas, oil and wind farm businesses it hosts today. On the journey through the centuries, we see the town's part in England's medieval fleets, the Royal Navy's North Sea Squadron operating from the port, the great days of the drifter fleets and the time of the trawlers fleets of Gorleston - and many more aspects of this part of Norfolk's maritime heritage.
To order your copy, click on Maritime Norfolk Part Two and then on the shopping basket logo. Click to hear direct from author Robert Malster as he introduces this title and goes to some of the sites mentioned in the book.
Stiffkey with Cockthorpe - A story of Norfolk people
is a detailed and comprehensive look at the history of the two settlements from the earliest times as revealed by archaeology, through to the history of the last thousand years through written records and pictures - and personal recollections. It is a fine example of how a local story can draw together history through individuals, locations, maps, photographs and memories.
You can click on Stiffkey Local History Group to hear the members of the group, the authors of the book, tell you something more of how they came to research and write the book. Order you book from any good bookshop - East Anglian shops should have it in stock - or online - click for the order page for Stiffkey with Cockthorpe.
Nine Norfolk Women - Succeeding in a 19th century man's world
takes individuals and families from across the county who succeeded, succeeded in business and enterprise in a time when such success might not be expected. Money-lending and lighthouse keeping, commercial enterprise in dressmaking and developing a chain of shops, writing and farming are amongst the skills demonstrated by the women featured.
Authors Pamela Inder and Marion Inder also demonstrate how, from iniitial evidence from the light-weight details to be found in census records and local directories can be expanded through dilgient research into chapter length biographies. The subjects of the book are drawn from across the county of Norfolk, form Great Yarmouth in the east to Kings Lynn in the west, from Harleston in the south to Cromer in the north. You can click on Pam Inder and Marion Aldis to hear a bit more from the authors about how they undertook their research. You can order your copy from all good bookshops or online - click for the order page for Nine Norfolk Women.
Storm Warriors of the Suffolk Coast
was first published in 1937. Today's edition adds the new dimensions of updated material and the unique photos of the books original author, Ernest Read Cooper. As Honorary Secretary ( today he'd be called Lifeboat Operations Manager) for the Southwold station and owner of his own yacht, he had an intimate knowledge of the Suffolk coast and of many of the men about whom he writes.
Not only is this a story of wreck and rescue, of tragedy and triumph, it is a picture of life on the beaches of Suffolk when salvage could mean much to the village community but the concern for human life came first as the National Lifeboat Insititution placed its boats around the coasts of Britain. But much was under way in Suffolk well before the national initiative, and Cooper begins the story in those early days of the 19th century as the first lifeboats were placed on station. To hear and see the editor, click Robert Malster; to order your copy online, click for the 'Lifeboats' section.
In just 36 pages but with 40 pictures, Wells-next-the-Sea - A Little History
an ideal introduction to the history of the town over the last millennium. Coal was being brought into the town from the 13th century, wool from the rich Norfolk sheep industry travelled in the opposite direction. As the small ports elsewhere on the Norfolk coast gradually became less accessible, Wells grew in importance and the barley fields of north Norfolk led to the growth of a substantial malting industry. The great flood of 1953 is perhaps the best known of the inundations of the sea, but Wells has had many other occasions on which the ocean has threatened it. With whelking and crabbing and the currently expanding need to service the wind farms of the North Sea, author Roger Arguile illustrates how Wells strives to keep all in balance and remain a pleasant home and holiday destination.
Crabs and Shannocks - The Longshore Fishermen of North Norfolk
is a DVD which tells the story of today's daily hunt for crabs and lobsters from the beaches in and around the towns of Cromer and Sheringham. At the end of the nineteenth century over a hundred boats worked from Sheringham beach and the many more from Cromer. We can pick up evidence of the fishing from Saxon times, with many men venturing far available, as well as the specialisation of the fisheries on the north Norfolk chalk ridge. From ancient documents to the photography of the Victorain age, through historic film and the written record, a story of over a thousand years of maritime history are told in this DVD.
The Crabs and Shannocks DVD runs for 67 minutes and you can click to view a trailer of the DVD. To order your copy online, click for the 'DVDs and Videos' section.
Overstrand - Tide and Time
is a new DVD for this Norfolk coastal village, following on from the enormous popularity of the first DVD Overstrand - Our Village
. Whether you're a villager, a visitor or have family connections with the village, sure sure to find more to interest you here. There's a little less hisotry thatn the first disc - though still plenty of stories from the past - but plenty about more recent events and in particular coverage of some of the annual events. You can buy a copy from this web site by going to the DVD section.
With 272 pages and 249 illustrations, many in colour, Maritime Norfolk Part One
is a comprehensive coverage of the coast of Norfolk from the ports of Wisbech and Kings Lynn round to Winterton and Caister on Sea. It also includes a chapter on the inland waterways and the port of Norwich. A second volume, dealing specifically with the maritime history of Yarmouth, will be published in 2013. Robert Malster is the doyen of East Anglian writers on maritime topics and he has both written many other books himself and has encouraged others who have followed up with studies of their own areas of interest. He brings his life-long interest in local history and all matters maritime to this title, a must for anyone with an interest in local maritime history. A click on Robert Malster
will enable you to hear briefly from the author and Maritime Norfolk
to order your copy online; it's also available through all good East Anglian bookshops.
Looking back along the pier towards the town at Cromer is one of the most satisfying views of north Norfolk today. Robert Marten clearly thought much the same as he drew his sketch from Cromer jetty in September 1825. Some of the buildings he saw are markedly changed, others are surprisingly familiar.
Much the same can be said of the other pictures he drew in Norfolk as he and his family made a journey of 24 days. It took him, his wife and daughter from London by steamer to Great Yarmouth, by river steamer to Norwich and by coach to Cromer. The pencil sketches are additions to the many pictures in words which open up the county of 1825 to us. With the many notes that editor Elizabeth Larby provides to give us background detailed, it is a charming and very informative read. You can click to hear editor Elizabeth Larby describe how she became interested in the journal and pictures, and you can click Mr Marten's Travels in East Anglia to order your copy online.
Author Jackie Stuart has spent many years interviewing airman who served as fliers or ground crew in the USAAF in England in the Second World War. Beneath the Clouds
brings together their words. It is this framework which makes it such an essential read for those interested in that time of conflict.
The book seeks to complement those many books which tell of the flying adventures; it tells the story of that wartime life into which they were thrust - and from which they were equally rapidly withdrawn when the conflict in Europe ended.
The towns and villages of East Anglia have handed down many legends of wartime life. There remains a range of memorials and some physical evidence of the many airfields. This book brings us the stories direct from those who lived and worked on those bases - and sort to explore the country in which they found themselves. Click on author Jackie Stuart to hear her introduce the book and on Beneath the Clouds to order your copy online.