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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.

Book   Gareth H.H. Davies     ISBN 9781546412243     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book        ISBN 9781909796409     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   David Thornton     ISBN 9781909796348     £11.95     Add this item to your basket

Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus

Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus:A Romance of Real Life, is Poppyland's contribution to Circus250, the celebration of 250 years of Circus as a performance art taking place in 2018.

It is the story of Norwich born Pablo Fanque - or William Darby, to use his birth name. The first African British circus proprietor, his circus became one of the best known and loved of the Victorian period.

Pablo Fanque's connection with the Beatles song, Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite, found on the Sergeant Pepper album published some fifty years ago, provides a very real nostalgic link for a generation which began to cast off previous assumptions about race, class, and notions of history.

Book   Gareth H.H. Davies     ISBN 9781909796324     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

Wells next the Sea - A small port and a wide world (Ppbk)

Wells next the Sea receives thousands of visitors every year. On a summer weekend the streets are packed with people who come to enjoy the beaches, the cafes and the pubs which line the quay, but it was one of the later Norfolk coastal towns to become a tourist haven. Author Roger Arguile details its busy role as a fishing centre, as a trading port and as a centre for malting, from the 11th to the 20th centuries, in this fascinating new history.

You can click to hear from author Roger Arguile; to order your copy click on the shopping basket below.

Because of the high level of demand, we are now out of stock of the hardback version for our online service, but Norfolk bookshops have a plentiful supply at present. Click below to order the paperback version.

Book   Roger Arguile     ISBN 798 1 909796 49 2     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

A Dictionary of Cromer and Overstrand History (Paperback)

Local author Christopher Pipe has used his years of experience as both a librarian, indexer and editor to compile a comprehensive new book covering the history of this popular Norfolk seaside town. With a range of source material from the earliest written records for the village of Shipden in 1086, through a period of great loss of land to the sea and a name change to Cromer, he brings the story up to the 21st century.

With nearly 150 illustrations - photographs, drawings and maps, many not seen in print before - he has written a book that will intrigue those who find enjoyment in local history and exploring the towns and villages of north east Norfolk.

Book   Christopher Pipe     ISBN 9780946148905     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

Children of the Empire - The Victorian Haggards

Rider Haggard was the best known, through his books, of ten Norfolk siblings who came to maturity as the British Empire was reaching its zenith at the conclusion of the 19th century. Because Rider was so well known, the others of the family have often been overlooked - yet his brothers were as much involved with the Empire as was he. Their opportuniteis and careers were dependent on the expansion and maintenance of the colonial world. Theirs is a good story, worth the telling and one which reflects both the vitality and confidence of the British Empired - and its intrinsic weakness.

First published in 1996 by Victor Gollancz, we're delighted to be able to bring Children of the Empire - The Victorian Haggards back into print. Click the basket below to order your copy online, or enquire at your local bookshop.

Book   Victoria Manthorpe     ISBN 9781909796232     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

Doin Different: New Ballads from the East of England

'Doin Different: New Ballads from the East of England' is author Gareth Calway's eight book of verse, but it doesn't just contain the words. It's illustrated with photographs of musical events, locations around East Anglia and and with full music scores and chord settings for the ballads. If you're a singer, a player or just enjoy listening to the music provided at the folk clubs and festivals across East Anglia, this one's for you. From it you can access a range of links to hear the music itself, in many forms. Click the shopping basket below to order.
Book   Gareth Calway     ISBN 9781909796225     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

The Fall of the Yarmouth Suspension Bridge

The collapse of the Great Yarmouth Suspension bridge in 1845 was a disaster for the town, with 78 lives, many of them women and children, being lost. Clown Arthur Nelson had performed his stunt to promote the visit of Cooke's circus hundreds of times before - but this time the outcome was calamitous. Author Gareth Davies sets the events of the day in the context of social, economic and political context of the day. Click on the basket below to order your copy, or call at your local bookshop.
Book   Gareth H.H. Davies     ISBN 978 1 909796 21 8     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

Norfolk Country Houses from the Air

We're delighted to be able to bring you another selection of glorious pictures of the county of Norfolk from the air. Mike Page has been taking such pictures for over four decades, so we've had plenty of images from which to choose.

From the great and the grand houses such as Blickling and Felbrigg, cared for by the National Trust, to smaller but no less picturesque halls, the selection illustrates houses in their locations and the variety and colour of the Norfolk landscape. You will find the book in bookshops across East Anglia or you can order on-line by clicking the shopping basket below.

Book   Mike Page and Pauline Young     ISBN 978 1 909796 17 1     £11.95     Add this item to your basket

Digging Sedgeford - A People's Archaeology

The Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project undertook its first dig in the Norfolk village in 1996. Every year since a team of volunteer archaeologists has camped in a field to continue exploring 5,000 years of history from the Stone Age to the First World War. Experts and amateurs work side by side to learn how our ancestors lived, work and died in a very ordinary piece of English countryside. This is the book of the story so far.

Pulled together by an editorial team but using contributions from the many hundred of archaeologists - amateur and professional - who have worked on the site, it provides a fascinating insight into one East Anglian settlement and tells a story which was probably repeated in other settlements across the region. To hear something more of the book and the project, click to hear from two of the team members.

Book   SHARP     ISBN 9781909796089     £19.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Keith Skipper     ISBN 9781909796379     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

A Rum Ole Norfolk Year

'A Rum Ole Norfolk Year' is the latest offering from Norfolk's own Keith Skipper. For thirty years Keith has kept a daily diary of notes and eavesdroppings, both personal and of stories from the local press. He has trawled through to find the best, the quirkiest and the most thoughtful stoires, mixing a choice of humour with tales of loyal service and the changing face of county life.

'Why was a scarecrow censored by police?', 'Who collected £8,000 in a milk churn?', 'Why was Jesus on a bike in Attleborough?' - these and hundreds more questions are answered in this volume. Look out for it at your local shop or order online using the 'shopping-basket' below.

Book   Keith Skipper     ISBN 9781909796300     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

Keith Skipper's Norfolk Scrapbook

A treasure trove of Norfolk gems as Keith Skipper looks back over his life in the press, on the wireless and as an entertainer. He has been writing and talking about Norfolk for a living and for pleasure since leaving school in 1962. This title is number 39 of a prolific production line featuring "the finest county of them all" - if we may quote Keith!

You can click Keith Skipper's Norfolk Scrapbook and click on the shopping basket if you'd like to order your copy on-line.

Book   Keith Skipper     ISBN 9781909796195     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

Norfolk in a Nutshell

'Norfolk in a Nutshell' by the county's own writer, broadcaster and entertainer, muses on what makes Norfolk a bit different. He aims to sum up Norfolk's special qualities, whilst diverting into both wordplay and dialect - of course. It's certainly not a guide to the county, nor is it a considered look at local history - but it's fun to read!

Perhaps the best thing to suggest is that you click to hear from the author himself and Keith will explain all in his own words. You can then head off to your local bookshop or click the basket below to order your copy on-line.

Book   Keith Skipper          £9.95     Add this item to your basket

The Golden Age - The rural crafts of John Golden and the Golden family of Northrepps

The Golden Age - The rural crafts of John Golden and the Golden family of Northrepps is new title from Poppyland Publishing. In this age when we enjoy discovering our ancestors through the many records now available on line, we can often find that the house in which we live can unlock a fascinating past as well. When author Graham Ferguson moved to the village of Northrepps, he became intrigued by the modernised building in which he lived - which contained a number of features illustrating its past as a centre of rural crafts and as a foundry. So began a journey of exploration through memories of villagers, the records kept at the Norfolk Record Office and historical photographs and illustrations of the village.

The result of his research is the book 'The Golden Age', about the Hutson and Golden families who operated the foundries in the village. It is a splendid example of how to tackle local research and how to put it into context which will be of interest to many local historians, those interested in industrial archaeology and to family researchers. Click the basket below to order your copy online: click to hear author Graham Ferguson talk about the book.

Book   Graham Ferguson          £9.95     Add this item to your basket

The Flying Serpent

In Janaury 1669 the writer and historian William Winstanley published a pamphlet entitled The Flying Serpent or Strange News out of Essex. It describes in graphic detail the appearance of a fearsome dragon or winged serpent at Henham, near Saffron Walden.

Since then the story has been repeated around Essex, republished in facsimile form and even pubs named The Flying Serpent can trace their name to this event.

Alison Barnes, local history writer and Winstanley expert has written a new introduction for the pamphlet and this booklet gives her explanation - and replicates the origianal pamphlet - for our enjoyment and understanding three and a half centuries later.

Book   Alison Barnes     ISBN B14891     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

Millgate

Millgate is about that part of the Norfolk town of Aylsham which lies down by the river Bure. It was written by members of the Aylsham Local History Society as a result of the opportunity to study the Bishop papers, an extensive set of records of the district over the centuries.

The story of the mill itself from the time of the Domesday book, the public houses of the area, the gas works and the families who lived in Millgate are all part of the story. Chapters on the millers themselves, the Belt estate and the story of navigation on the river assist in building up a picture of a community over the centuries which will be of interest to local and family historians.

Book   Aylsham Local History Society     ISBN 0 946148 79 1     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

Medieval Flushwork of East Anglia and its Symbolism

Medieval Flushwork of East Anglia is a book which will appeal to anyone with an interest in local history, church architecture and decoration - and will give inspiration to artists of the present day. That's just how textile artist Margaret Talbot became engrossed in the subject and set out researching the symbols on medieval churches that she was using for her work.

Many of the little known churches of Suffolk and Norfolk have wonderful flintstone images that decorate their walls, tower buttresses and parapets. The study of this symbolism gives a fascinating glimpse into life in the 15th century, including trades, guilds, merchant's marks, pilgrimages, heraldry and the cult of the saints.

Book   Margaret Talbot     ISBN 0946148694     £4.95     Add this item to your basket

Arthur Ransome's East Anglia

Arthur Ransome's East Anglia is available in a new edition, including colour photographs, of Roger Wardale's search for Coots, Swallows and Amazons in East Anglia. With Roger Wardale's expert eye, we visit the many sites on the Broads and the Essex backwaters where Arthur Ransome set his stories. Through Ransome's own photographs and new pictures from today's East Anglia, we can make the link with the author's own life story.

Fully illustrated with sixty-two pictures, seventeen of them in colour.

Book   Roger Wardale     ISBN 0946148570     £7.95     Add this item to your basket

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse - A history of the buildings and the people who lived and worked there. This new title, launched at the Norfolk History Fair on 29th May 2006 at Gressenhall, tells the story of the 'house of industry' and the workhouse from its establishment in 1774 to the present day, when it is now the Museum of Norfolk Life.

Author Stephen Pope both works at Gressenhall as Visitor Services Assistant and devotes much time to investigating the archives of the museum, knowledge which has been condensed into this book. It will be a major resource for teacher, researchers, specialists and family historians, whether they have a specific interest in Gressenhall or a wider interest in workhouses and social conditions in the 19th and early 20th century.

Book   Stephen Pope     ISBN 0946148740     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

Cromer Fire Brigade 1881 - 2006

Cromer Fire Brigade 1881 - 2006 tells the story of the brigade and its firefighters over 125 years. With a splendid set of pictures from the earliest years of organised fire-fighting, personal stories and dramatic events, there's something here for both the Cromer community and those with a more general interest in local history.

As the 19th century came to a close, local councils responded to the requirement to develop a range of municipal services, which included the operation of a fire brigade. This book covers the story of one particular brigade, from its formation with a horse-drawn, steam-powered appliance, through to its place today in the county fire service team.

Book   Jamie Edghill & Keith Entwistle     ISBN 0946148813     £11.95     Add this item to your basket

East Anglia on Film

Former keeper of the East Anglian Film Archive David Cleveland recalls, with a wide selection of photos and stills from films, the story of film-making in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Book   David Cleveland     ISBN 0946148236     £7.95     Add this item to your basket

A Dictionary of Cromer and Overstrand History (Hardback)

Local author Christopher Pipe has used his years of experience as both a librarian, indexer and editor to compile a comprehensive new book covering the history of this popular Norfolk seaside town. With a range of source material from the earliest written records for the village of Shipden in 1086, through a period of great loss of land to the sea and a name change to Cromer, he brings the story up to the 21st century.

With nearly 150 illustrations - photographs, drawings and maps, many not seen in print before - he has written a book that will intrigue any who find enjoyment in local history and particularly for those who explore the towns and villages of north east Norfolk.

Book   Christopher Pipe     ISBN 9780946148899     £14.95     Add this item to your basket

The Birds of Sheringham

An authoritative and detailed study of the birds found in the Sheringham area, including Weybourne, the Runtons and Felbrigg Great Wood, with illustrations by wildlife artist Bryan Bland.
Book   Moss Taylor     ISBN 0946148260     £2.95     Add this item to your basket


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Forgotten Yarmouth Entertainments
Women in the Archaeology & History of West Norfolk
Echoes of History: Poppyland 1883-1914
Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus
Wells next the Sea - A small port and a wide world (Ppbk)
Children of the Empire - The Victorian Haggards
Doin Different: New Ballads from the East of England
The Fall of the Yarmouth Suspension Bridge
Norfolk Country Houses from the Air
Digging Sedgeford - A People's Archaeology
All Preachers Great and Small
A Rum Ole Norfolk Year
Keith Skipper's Norfolk Scrapbook
Norfolk in a Nutshell
The Golden Age - The rural crafts of John Golden and the Golden family of Northrepps
The Flying Serpent
Millgate
Medieval Flushwork of East Anglia and its Symbolism
Arthur Ransome's East Anglia
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Cromer Fire Brigade 1881 - 2006
East Anglia on Film
A Dictionary of Cromer and Overstrand History   (<i>Hardback</i>)
The Birds of Sheringham
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