A new section of titles, intended to introduce documents from Norfolk's public and private collections which warrant bring into print for a wider audience. It also includes a title which tells the remarkable story of the preservation of the core of those documents.
I Therefore Post Him as a Coward
I Therefore Post Him as a Coward recounts how a show-down between a knight and a clergyman and a challenge to a duel engulfed the Norfolk town of Burnham Westgate (now Burnham Market) in July 1836. The demand by the curate, Henry Blyth, that Lord of the Manor, Sir Roger Martin, should refrain from appearing in the parish church with his housekeeper Mary Anne Clarke was played out in a series of public handbills. Rector Bernard Gilpin sought to pour oil on the troubled waters, but to no avail. Genealogist and house historian Gill Blanchard uncovers the background to the story.
Gill Blanchard ISBN 9781909796294 £9.95
Mr Marten's Travels in East Anglia
The small, handwritten volume which is Robert Marten's diary of his travels in East Anglia is carefully conserved in the Norfolk Record Office. Marten writes of Great Yarmouth, where he landed after the journey by steamer from London, of Norwich as the county town of Norfolk and of Cromer, where he and his family enjoyed several days exploring. His picture of the county in September 1825, combined with the detail in his pencil sketches, reveals an early 19th century world to us.
Editor Elizabeth Larby has carefully annotated the text, providing a context to further our understanding of the journey and the age and a short video clip explains her enthusiam for the story.
Edited by Elizabeth Larby ISBN 978-0946148950 £12.95
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives tells true stories about Norfolk women in the first half of the twentieth century, at a time when women are just beginning to achieve equality in politics and in other spheres of life. The suffrage movement in Norfolk and women who risked prison is followed by chapters looking as women serving their country in the First World War but in very different ways - as nurses, as peacemakers. campaigning against the war itself. Chapters on the 1920s look at movement forward in the world of politics and then there are the accounts of a number of women in the Second World War, including some who found themselves involved in the Holocaust in a number of ways. The final chapter is about Eugenia Zagajewska, a Polish refugee who died in Norfolk in 1946.
Frank Meeres ISBN 9781909796317 £10.95
Through Fire and Flood - Saving Norfolk's Archives
On August 1st 1994, a column of smoke rose over the city of Norwich. The Central Library was on fire and thousands of books and documents - modern and historical - were lost. In the basement of the building was the Norfolk Record Office, the home of a thousand years of priceless documents. As the fire raged and water poured from hoses onto the building, there was great fear that even the fireproof doors of the Record Office could not hold out.
But the documents did survive, though a percentage were considerably affected by water damage. What to do next? In Through Fire and Flood - The Saving of Norfolk's Archives the fire and the events that followed, right through to the building of the splendid Archive Centre that Norfolk boasts today, are chronicled by journalist Sara Barton-Wood, latterly on the staff of the Norfolk Record Office. Available from 1st August.
Sara Barton-Wood ISBN B9781909796065 £11.95
A History of Swaffham National Schools
A History of Swaffham National Schools is the second title in our Norfolk Documentsseries. As with the other titles, it takes an historical document, in this case the log books of these Swaffham school in the 19th and early 20th century, and presents the contents of those logs with additional notes. Author David Butters with his colleague Olive Wilson provide a background to education in the town, gives the context of the logs and presents the material as a valuable tool for understanding both education and a Norfolk market town in that time period. It's available in bookshops across Norfolk and you can purchase it on-line by clicking on the shopping basket below.
David Butters with Olive Wilson ISBN 9781909796249 £12.95