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People of East Anglia

From Raedwald the first King of East Anglia to those that have shaped today, East Anglia has been the home to the powerful and famous as well as those not so so well known. This section provides insights into those who made this region of England.

'Turnip' Townshend - Statesman & Farmer

'Turnip' Townshend - Statesman and Farmer is a biography of Charles, second Viscount Townshend. He spent nearly 20 years in public life, directing Britain's foreign policy. One of a select group of Norfolk men and women, his influence on both local and national change make him of interest to both East Anglian and a wider readership.
Book   Susanna Wade Martins     ISBN 0946148465     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

Breeding Success - My Life as a Norfolk Farmer (Paperback)

A paperback edition. One of Norfolk's best known dairy farmers has recorded his life story in this autobiography. Written in conjunction with journalist Mark Nicholls, he tells how his father moved from a small farm in Scotland to take advantage of the pastures of east Norfolk to build an award winning herd of Friesians. As well as being a personal account of a family story, the book is an historical account of farming in Norfolk in the second half of the 20th century which will form a useful source for those researching agricultural development.
Book   Gavin Paterson     ISBN 978-1-909796-14-0     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

Lilias Rider Haggard: Countrywoman

Mention the name Rider Haggard to the 21st century reader and it is the novelist, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, author of King Solomon's Mines and She, who comes to mind. His wild adventures and stirring romances held their popularity from the late 19th right through to the later decades of the 20th century.

But the East Anglian might also swiftly call to mind his daughter, Lilias, who was an accomplished authoress in her own right, a columnist for the Eastern Daily Press and a range of national publications. Hers is a very different story. While she had the privilege of sharing in some of her father's exotic travels Lilias also shared her own generation's tragic experience of the First World War. As a VAD nurse she watched as the harrowing conflict changed their world. When she returned to her Norfolk home she came back not only with a new depth and compassion but also with a determined affirmation of rural life that soon found its expression in her on countryside matters in many articles and books. Click the shopping basket below to order your copy.

Book   Victoria Manthorpe     ISBN B9781909796188     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

More Norfolk Connections

Following the success of our title The Norfolk Connection, and with many new names suggested by readers of the first title, broadcaster and columnist Keith Skipper contributes a further range of biographies from across the county.
Book   Keith Skipper     ISBN 094614849X     £7.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Edited by Elizabeth Larby     ISBN 978-0946148950     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

Nine Norfolk Women - Succeeding in a 19th century man's world

Before reading Nine Norfolk Women - Succeeding in a 19th century man's world you'll probably ever have heard of most of the women featured in it - and that's quite intentional. The common perception of the woman's role in the 19th century may have been slaving away below stairs or genteely sipping tea above stairs. But through diligent research in a wide range of archives, authors Pamela Inder and Marion Aldis have continued their research into the lives of women in a time gone by - when women were not expected to be successful in the world of enterprise. A family of money-lending ladies, female lighthouse keepers, enterprising businss women, artists and dressmakers, writer and farmers - and two Norfok women whose lives took them far from their home county.

This book is for all those with an interest in social and local history, and is also an excellent example of how research that starts from census records and local directories can expand to give a fuller picture of our ancestor's lives.

Book   Pamela Inder and Marion Aldis     ISBN 9781909796003     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Frank Meeres     ISBN 9781909796317     £10.95     Add this item to your basket

Arthur Rackham in East Anglia

Arthur Rackham in East Anglia is the story of how the young illustrator developed his drawing skills working for Jarrold and Sons in the 1890s for their publication Sunrise-Land: Rambles in Eastern England. Later in life he would go on to national and international recognition as a book illustrator, but the story of one of his first assignments in East Anglia has not been told before.

The narrative by Alison Barnes is accompanied by her selection of 40 of his best illustrations, reproduced from early editions of Sunrise-Land. In addition she has tracked down his creative signature in the guest book of Horning Ferry and other local Jarrold titles where his work can be seen.

Book   Alison Barnes     ISBN 0946148732     £8.95     Add this item to your basket

Henry Blogg of Cromer - The Greatest of the Lifeboatmen

'One of the bravest men who lived' is how Henry Blogg, coxswain of the Cromer lifeboat for 38 years, was described by Viscount Templewood, President of the Cromer branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Henry Blogg joined the Cromer lifeboat in 1894 at the age of 18. At 26 he was second cox and at 33 became cox. He retired in 1947, at the age of 71. During his 53 years' service the Cromer boats were out 387 times and saved 873 lives. No other lifeboatman has ever won as many medals as Henry Blogg.

Author Cyril Jolly, 1910-1994, gives an impressive portrait of Blogg and his deeds in this title, first published in 1958. The first edition was reprinted three times; this new edition includes extra photographs, some in colour, to further illustrate this epic story of rescue at sea.

Book   Cyril Jolly     ISBN 0946148597     £11.95     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

'Skipper' Jack - East Coast Lifeboatman

As well as the stories of the boats and the communities, sometimes there is the story of an individual in the lifeboat service to be picked out, and their story told. Skipper Jack Woodhouse of Caister, who died in October 1999, was one such.
Book   Colin Tooke     ISBN 0946148335     £4.95     Add this item to your basket

A Forgotten Norwich Artist: Catherine Maude Nichols

Catherine Nichols was a prominent and busy Norwich artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a woman making a commercial success of her talent in a man's world. She had apparently not left posterity a deal of information about herself, having gone to some length to keep her life hidden, but in A Forgotten Norwich Artist: Catherine Maude Nichols the authors have brought her character to the fore. In this their second title for Poppyland Publishing, Pam Inder and Marion Aldis have expanded on the one chapter devoted to Catherine Nichols in their previous title,'Nine Norfolk Women', as their research took them deeper into her story. Click the basket below for the on-line order facility.


Book   Pam Inder and Marion Aldis     ISBN B9781909796201     £14.95     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

The Diary of a poor Suffolk woodman

The Diary of a poor Suffolk woodman is a special publication - because it features a poor man's diary. Few of William Scarfe's class in the early 1800s could write well enough to produce more than fifteen years of a journal of his life and village. Now, over 150 years later, we are able to share his world and enjoy the social history of the 1830s through his words.

Pip and Joy Wright and Leonie Robinson have transcribed the words that William Scarfe wrote in the margins of a prayer book he had been given by the local rector. To his words they have added pictures, contemporary accounts and careful explanations to provide a context. The book is a model for any local historian, and whether or not you ever visit the village of Thorpe Morieux in Suffolk, you will find in the pages the life of an East Anglian countryman of the early 19th century.

Book   Pip & Joy Wright, Leonie Robinson     ISBN 0946148678     £4.95     Add this item to your basket

Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley

Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley. The young Horace Stanley had joined the Cambridgeshire Regiment before the First World War. By the time this territorial unit arrived on the battlefield, he was a sergeant in B company, 6 platoon.

He went to war with his military equipment but also with a sharp mind, a notebook and most remarkable of all, a camera amongst his kit. He fought with distinction at the second battle of Ypres and when invalided out, managed to find a way to re-enlist with the Army Ordnance Corps. This illustrated diary, with its introduction and background information, is another important contribution to the understanding of that extraordinary and deeply moving time. Support material for the book can be found on the 'Support and Resources' section of this web site.

Book   Juliet and Heather Brodie     ISBN 9780946148837     £11.95     Add this item to your basket

Nelson - I am Myself a Norfolk Man

Nelson - I am myself a Norfolk man was a special publication for the year which marked the bicentenary of Nelson's greatest victory at Trafalgar and his death in the battle. It is now the ideal publication for both the explorer of Norfolk who woud like to visit the many places associated with the national hero, and all those with a general interest in his life and times.

Author Charles Lewis concentrates specifically on his Norfolk life - as a child in Burnham, as a schoolboy in Norwich and North Walsham, his years as a captain waiting for a ship, and his time in Great Yarmouth - returning from the battle of the Nile and embarking for the battle of Copenhagen. In addition to the many links with the life of Nelson, you'll find a wide range of connections in the county which you can still visit - from the Horatia memorial at Trunch to the Invincible grave at Happisburgh. With 92 pictures, 50 of them in colour, this is a valuable addition to the range of Nelson titles.

Book   Charles Lewis     ISBN 0946148724     £4.95     Add this item to your basket

Norfolk Maritime Heroes and Legends

A great new book about the seamen who are such a part of Norfolk's story. Nelson was the inspiration for the book, though he isn't featured in it - that's a separate Poppyland title. But there are twenty-six chapters from Admiral Christopher Myngs to today's Commodore Steve Burgoine, recalling the enormously rich story of Norfolk and the sea.

Andrew Lambert, Professor of Naval History says of the book, "Even in this most maritime of nations there is something special about Norfolk. A county bordered by the sea to the north, west and east, the coastline stretches from King's Lynn ... to Great Yarmouth..... Mark Nicholls has brought these men back to life." Click Mark Nicholls to hear the author introduce the book.

Book   Mark Nicholls     ISBN 9760946148851     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

Dear Hal, Yours Pud

When Lord Kitchener famously said, at the beginning of the First World War, "Yours Country Needs You", the young people of Britain responded with alacrity, little knowing what lay before them. Most were straightforward, determined, adventurous, dutiful, with worried and caring friends, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers.

The young Norfolk soldier, nicknamed Pudlo, featured in this book joined up with his comrades. Throughout his training, his journey to the Front and his time in the line and a long stay in hospital after being injured in the Battle of the Somme he maintains correspondence with home. He deals with the mundane and maintains a humanity not all could cope with. And after the conflict he said nothing to the next generation until his letters were found in a family suitcase ...... Click on Theo Stibbons for an introduction from the compiler and editor of the letters.

Book   Theo Stibbons     ISBN 9780946148844     £12.95     Add this item to your basket

Storm Warriors of the Suffolk Coast

Storm Warriors of the Suffolk Coast is a tale of lifeboat service on the Suffolk coast and is one of those occasions when words and pictures come together in a magical way to recall times gone by. The text was first written by Ernest Read Cooper and published in 1937; this new edition is revised and updated by maritime historian Robert Malster.

When originally published, no illustrations were included - though Cooper, as station Honorary Secretary at Southwold, had often gone to sea with the lifeboat - and he'd often taken his Kodak box camera with him. Today's lifeboats all carry cameras to help with publicity for the RNLI; then is was a rarity. To have a picture from 1905 of the crew of the Joseph and Yvonne clinging to the mast of their sunken vessel as the lifeboat moved in to save them, is unique. To hear from the editor call in at Southwold Lifeboat Museum by clicking Robert Malster.

Book   Ernest Read Cooper and Robert Malster     ISBN 9780946148981     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

William Winstanley - The Man who saved Christmas

William Winstanley (1628-1698) was an East Anglian, a farmer, journalist and historian - and most of all a man who would not submit to the strictures of the Puritan regime of Oliver Cromwell. His family kept their traditional Christmas and his writings on Yuletide and its customs did more than anything else to revive interest in those customs after the Restoration. Author Alison Barnes illustrates how William Winstanley is the man responsible for the way we celebrate Christmas today.
Book   Alison Barnes     ISBN 9780946148820     £4.95     Add this item to your basket

Dorothy Jewson - Suffragette and Socialist

Dorothy Jewson - Suffragette and Socialist is the biography of a remarkable and determined Norwich suffragette, socialist, city councillor and one of Britain's first female Members of Parliament. Born of a Norwich business family in 1884 and educated at Norwich High School for Girls, it was at Girton College, Cambridge that her lifelong commitment to socialism and feminism was established. She fought in the battle to establish votes for women, being one of the first Norwich members of Emmeline Pankhurst's Women's Social and Political Union and went on through life committed to working for the disadvantaged through direct action in running a workshop in the First World War, through local and national politics and through Norwich City Council as it developed amenities in the city between the wars. With a click, you can hear author Frank Meeres interviewed by journalist Mark Nicholls.
Book   Frank Meeres     ISBN 9781909796041     £10.95     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


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'Turnip' Townshend - Statesman & Farmer
Breeding Success - My Life as a Norfolk Farmer (Paperback)
Lilias Rider Haggard: Countrywoman
More Norfolk Connections
Mr Marten's Travels in East Anglia
Nine Norfolk Women - Succeeding in a 19th century man's world
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives
Arthur Rackham in East Anglia
Henry Blogg of Cromer - The Greatest of the Lifeboatmen
Women in the Archaeology & History of West Norfolk
'Skipper' Jack - East Coast Lifeboatman
A Forgotten Norwich Artist: Catherine Maude Nichols
Pablo Fanque and the Victorian Circus
Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley
Nelson - I am Myself a Norfolk Man
Norfolk Maritime Heroes and Legends
Dear Hal, Yours Pud
Storm Warriors of the Suffolk Coast
William Winstanley - The Man who saved Christmas
Dorothy Jewson - Suffragette and Socialist
The Golden Age - The rural crafts of John Golden and the Golden family of Northrepps
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