The titles featured on this page are our most recent publications.
We published our first book in 1976 and have added many more, together with a range of DVDs, in recent years. Take the opportunity to explore on the site - lots of our authors have contributed short videos to introduce their subject. You'll also find a range of support material - use the 'Support and Resources' button on the left to access units associated with books.
Forgotten Yarmouth Entertainments
19th century popular culture is exemplified by this exploration of ten entertainers who came to the seaside town of Great Yarmouth.
Through Charles Marsh, the itinerant beach entertainer, who fell from the Naval Pillar, to John Thurton, the brilliant local ventriloquist and mimic from Woodbridge, the author provides an insight into the changing nature of entertainment as the holiday industry grew. While many represented in this book are now forgotten, some are perhaps more well known, such as Charles S. Stratton (Tom Thumb) and Jem Mace, the first heavyweight champion of the world. All can be found in this fascinating and accessible book.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 9781546412247 £9.95
Published on 9th November 2017 is Robert Malster's Maritime Suffolk - A history of 1,500 years of seafaring
. It completes a series of titles which includes the two parts of Maritime Norfolk
, North Sea War 1914-1919
and Julian Foynes' East Anglia against Napoleon
. Of the earlier volumes from Robert Malster the International Journal of Maritime History
said,'These books are enlightening and engaging and to be recommended to both academic and lay readers.' This new volume continues the same high standard of clarity and scholarship.
From the Thames Estuary to the Wash, you'll be absorbed by these titles - even if you've never set foot on a boat!
Robert Malster ISBN 9781909796362 £19.95
A Cromer Miscellany
Philip Vicary was a faithful recorder of the town of Cromer in photographs and paintings through the 20th century. In addition he took the opportunity to make copies of many earlier pictures, both photographs and lithographs and it is because of his efforts that many of those pictures have come through to the present day. Lots of the photos we now see in Cromer books today were preserved because of Philip's diligence.
In A Cromer Miscellany his son Adrian brings together a selection from his own photos and those of his father. Some have not appeared in print before, such as the glorious images of steam locomotives at Cromer Beach station and the pictures of the first diesel cars to provide the Norwich-Sheringham service. It's a book that will be needed for any north Norfolk collection.
Adrian Vicary ISBN 9781909796386 £10.95
All Preachers Great and Small
'Heavenly humour and homely harmony' as Keith looks back over 20 years of the All Preachers Great and Small concert party. With memories from the many churches and chapels they visited and lots of the content used in the shows, there's plenty to enjoy of Keith's Norfolk humour. In lots of shops locally or order online by clicking on the 'shopping basket' below.
Keith Skipper ISBN 9781909796379 £9.95
Echoes of History: Poppyland 1883-1914
So what's in a name? Sometimes a great deal, as in the case of 'Poppyland'. We have a couple of other titles and a DVD which help explain how north Norfolk gained this name, resulting in an explosioin in the number of residents and visitors at the end of the 19th century. In Echoes of History
author David Thornton takes us a great deal deeper into the story. He introduces the various landed families who already treated north Norfolk as their summer playground. He then gives us an account of writer and theatre critic Clement Scott, who first visited in 1883 and coined the name Poppy-Land
for his first article for the Daily Telegraph
His meeting with 'Maid of the Mill' Louie Jermy and the coming of the theatre folk, the literati, the parliamentarians, the aristocracy and the industrialists extend the story into the 20th century as the small village of Overstrand become the 'village of millionaires'. And for those who want to delve even further, there re is a comprehensive bibliography of the many books written in the area or about the area.
David Thornton ISBN 9781909796348 £11.95
More Norfolk Churches from the Air
After the great interest in Mike Page's first selection of photos of Norfolk's churches, here's a further choice from the images taken by the country's premier aerial photographer. He's been the 'wings over Norfolk' for several decades and he's delved into the collection to bring us more glorious pictures - and help answer the question,"Why wasn't our church in the first collection?"
From Hemsby to Hindringham, Wiggenhall to Walcott, we hope you'll find your local church featured - and of course the book will guide you to make a journey to the many joyous and generally medieval locations.
Mike Page & Pauline Young ISBN 0781909796393 £12.95
Women in the Archaeology & History of West Norfolk
The West Norfolk Archaeological Society was founded in November 1967. To celebrate the 50th anniversary and to acknowledge how society has become more inclusive since that date, a conference in November 2017 was addressed by women speakers. A local cohort of heritage professionals and amateur researchers were invited to speak on their own inspirations, about famous women in the history of west Norfolk and of archaeological projects in which they had been involved.
Women in the Archaeology & History of West Norfolk is a collection of the presentations made at that conference, giving all a chance to share in the research and the presentations of the day. With brief biographies of all the speakers and a short history of the Society, it serves as both a record of the day and an introduction to many areas of further interest.
ISBN 9781909796409 £9.95
Six Essays in Hanseatic History
The Hanseatic League was a remarkable and unique organisation in medieval Europe, a system of trade across the continent which stretched from Novgorod in Russia to Lynn and Boston on the east coast of England. Its origins were small groups or hanse, German merchants seeking trading rights abroad as the continent's population and economy expanded. By its heyday around 1400 it linked some 80 larger towns and 100 smaller ones.
In Six Essays in Hanseatic History the authors come together to present aspects of the League from their own perspectives and specialisations. The New Hanseatic League was founded in the Netherlands in 1980, and now including Hull, Kings Lynn and Boston. All its members recognise the importance of international trade and participate in many practical ways, as well as rediscovering something of the story of the first Hanseatic League.
Ayers, Cawthorne, Champion, Hoyle, Nicolle and Richards ISBN 9781909796331 £9.95
Palling - A History Shaped by the Sea
About 30 years ago we published a booklet on Sea Palling; it sold out a long while ago, so we thought it was time for an update and a reprint. Visit Sea Palling on any warm summer's day and you'll find it's the ideal place to find spacious and unspoilt beaches in a quiet rural setting. The village of Palling acquried the prefix 'Sea' early in the 20th century when it became a modern holiday retreat.
But as this book illustrates, the 'place of Paelli's people' has a much longer and more interesting history than that of a seaside haven. Bronze age and iron age artefacts have been found on the beaches, thundering seas have broken through the dunes, medieval landlords have acquired fearsome reputations and beachmen have ventured out to vessels offshore to salvage and to smuggle. Ronnie Pestell's original text has been enhanced by that of his friend David Stannard to bring Palling's story into the present millennium.
ISBN 9781909796356 £2.95