Town and Village Histories Series
One of our most long-running series of publications is our 'Town and Village History' series. Local authors have drawn together researches in documentary records, the memories of the community and a wide selection of photographs to tell these stories.
The titles are not over-long - usually 28 to 36 pages. All those currently in print are listed.
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
Great Yarmouth: A Sand in the Sea
This short history of the town in our Town and Village series replaces the original 1980 publication long since out of print. It covers important aspects of the town’s history, including its defence over the centuries, civic pride and authority, the rise and decline of both its fishing and holiday industries and its revival in the late 20th and early 21st century, servicing the oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
It is the first of our publications to enable readers to access augmented reality technology through the use of their smart phone or tablet bringing the printed image literally to life on the page.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 978-1-909796-50-8 £2.95
Happisburgh - The Story of Britain Starts Here
Some think of the village of Happisburgh, perched out on the north-east corner of Norfolk, as a lonely place, perched on the edge of nowhere. But recent years have thrown it into the spotlight. Happisburgh - The Story of Britain Starts Here takes its title from the fact that it regarded as the earliest site in northern Europe where evidence of humans can be found. Click the shopping basket icon to make an online purchase.
David Stannard ISBN 9781909796164 £2.95
Wells-next-the-Sea - A Little History
Wells-next-the-Sea, whilst no longer the malting centre and busy trading port that it once was, remains a popular home and favourite holiday destination for many. This title in the 'Town and Village History' series provides a concise history of the development of the town from its earliest recorded history as the town of Guella, through to the calling of the last of the seagoing traders at the end of the 20th century and its new life as both holiday destination, marina and harbour for the North Sea wind farm industry.
Roger Arguile ISBN 9780946148998 £2.95
An Acle Chronicle
In the east of the county, Acle has a story to tell from Roman times to the present.
Brian Grint ISBN 0946148392 £2.95
Lowestoft: Britain's Most Easterly Town
Suffolk’s second town has been characterised by its relationship with the sea whether it be through ship-building or the fishing industry. Competition led to tension with Great Yarmouth, but their historical development followed different paths. Lowestoft came into its own through the entrepreneurial zeal of wealthy townspeople in the Middle Ages and of one man, Samuel Morton Peto, in the 19th century.
This short history in our Town and Village series looks at key aspects in the growth of the community, the town’s move to the cliff top in the 14th century, its gains and losses in the 19th and 20th centuries and its re-branding today as the renewable energy capital of the United Kingdom.
Gareth H.H. Davies ISBN 978-1-909796-51-5 £2.95
Blakeney - Have You Heard About Blakeney?
Once a busy trading port, now a favoured coastal village.
Peter Brooks ISBN 0946148546 £2.95
Cley - Living with Memories
Until the coming of the railways, the little ports of north Norfolk were essential. Today they are little more than backwaters and places for recreation on the water, but once they were harbours for trading vessels. The village is a great favourite with visitors today, this booklet puts it in its historical context.
Peter Brooks ISBN 0946148074 £2.95
Cromer - Chronicle of a Watering Place
A new edition of Martin Warren's history of the town, from the submerged village of Shipden to new developments for the 21st century.
Martin Warren ISBN 0946148554 £2.95
Holt - Georgian Market Town
From Domesday Book to the great fire of 1708, through to the present day. A new edition of this title.
Peter Brooks ISBN 0946148538 £2.95
Poppyland - Strands of Norfolk History
The area of the north Norfolk coast around the villages of Overstrand and Sidestrand became known as Poppyland at the end of the 19th century. The writings of Clement Scott, and the many visitors from the world of the theatre that came to visit because of those writings make up the story in this booklet.
Peter Stibbons & David Cleveland ISBN 0946148562 £2.95
Potter Heigham - The Heart of Broadland
The Norfolk Broads, the favourite holiday destination in East Anglia, features in many books. this booklet looks in detail at just one of the Broadland villages.
Olgar Sinclair ISBN 09461483884 £2.95
Sheringham - The Story of a Town
Sheringham is a town which once stood a mile back from the sea and then moved to become both a fishing village and a coastal resort. Today it is very popular with holidaymakers, for whom this booklet is an essential read. It is now in its third edition.
Peter Brooks ISBN 0946148605 £2.95
Southtown & Gorleston - At the Mouth of the Yare
Southtown and Gorleston - At the Mouth of the Yare tells the story of that part of Great Yarmouth which lies 'across the water', and of the neighbouring town of Gorleston.
Colin Tooke ISBN 0946148503 £2.95
Swaffham - In the Pedlar's Footsteps
One of the market towns of west Norfolk, Swaffham has a special history of its own. It also has its own place in history as the birthplace of Howard Carter, Egyptologist.
David Butters ISBN 0946148449 £2.95
Weybourne - Peaceful Mirror of a Turbulent Past
Weybourne - now a small village on the coast, but once regarded as a potential invasion point for Britain, with its own special defences in Elizabethan times. A new edition of this title.
Peter Brooks ISBN 0946148058 £2.95
East & West Runton - Two Villages, One Parish
This new edition of East and West Runton - Two Villages, One Parish
brings the story of the parish up to date. All those with an interest in the two villages and in local history will appreciate the dedication to his subject of author Geoff Leake.
Runton is a village recorded in the Domesday Book, unlike its neighbour Cromer. Geoff Leake carefully analyses the ownership and development of the land from Norman times and through the medieval period, before turning his attention to more recent years.
You can click to view a trailer about the bookand order your copy here - or of course purchase it at a range of local shops and museums.
Geoff Leake ISBN 0 94614875 9 £2.95