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Norfolk Origins Series

This series is now up to nine titles, with more in preparation. The series outlines the history of the county through archaeology and historical research.

Written with the help of the top county authorities on the subject, this series combines straightforward reading with authoratative information.

Exploring the Norfolk Market Town

Exploring the Norfolk Market Town takes twelve towns across the county, from Downham Market in the west to Loddon in the east, Holt in the north to Harleston in the south. It is a starting point to understanding the development of Norfolk towns, using a variety of maps, historic and current photographs and references to sources for further exploration. For any indiviudal or group seeking to undertake its own study of local history, this book offers a splendid starting place. For those who specifically want to know more of the history of Attleborough, Aylsham, Diss, Downham Market, Dereham, Fakenham, Harleston, Holt, Loddon, North Walsham, Reepham or Swaffham, this is a book you will want on the shelf.

Author Christopher Barringer has worked with local history groups from across the region and brings the vast range of his knowledge and experience to this key Norfolk publication. Click Exploring the Norfolk Market Town to order your copy online; available through all good East Anglian bookshops. Click for Christopher's introduction to the book.

Book   Christopher Barringer     ISBN 09780946148936     £17.95     Add this item to your basket

Roads and Tracks

Roads and Tracks is a new and greatly expanded edition of a title first published in the Norfolk Origins series in 1983. Much has moved on since then - not least the amount of dual carriageway the county now has. But research and archaeology have moved on as well, with new finds and reinterpretations of what has already been discovered. With a click on his name, author Bruce Robinson introduces the book

The book looks at the development of transport by foot, horse, cariage and car across the centuries, investigates the origins of ancient highways and by-ways from Iron Age and Roman times and concludes with the arrival of the car and developments into the 21st century.

Book   Bruce Robinson and Edwin J. Rose     ISBN 9780946148707     £9.95     Add this item to your basket

Celtic Fire and Roman Rule

The second edition of Celtic Fire and Roman Rule is now available. Brought up to date by Chief Curator of the Norfolk Museums and Archaeological Service John Davies, it carries the story of Norfolk forward from about 500BC to the breakdown of Roman Rule circa 410AD. And what years those 1000 years were! There was great technical advancement and some of the most complex and eventful moments in Norfolk's long history. This is regarded as the standard introduction to Celtic and Roman times in Norfolk.
Book   Bruce Robinson & Tony Gregory     ISBN 0946148627     £8.95     Add this item to your basket

The North Folk: Angles, Saxons & Danes

The North Folk: Angles, Saxons and Danes moves the story of the county on from the departure of the Romans to the coming of the Normans. The mysteries of the 'Dark Ages' in Norfolk are gradually unfolding with the developing techniques of landscape archaeology and the growing opportunities to investigate sites that are being redeveloped. This book takes us through the period of the coming of the Angles, Saxons and Vikings.
Book   Richard Bond, Kenneth Penn & Andrew Rogerson     ISBN 0946148430     £6.95     Add this item to your basket

Deserted Villages of Norfolk

Deserted Villages in Norfolk returns to a thematic rather than a chronological approach. As the boundaries of England have changed, Norfolk has remained a county of towns and many, many villages. This book records those which have disappeared from the modern map, and explains why this has happened.
Book   Alan Davison     ISBN 0946148511     £8.95     Add this item to your basket

Changing Agriculture in Georgian & Victorian Norfolk

Changing Agriculture in Georgian and Victorian Norfolk takes the period from the begining of the 18th century up to the beginning of the First World War and looks at how Norfolk developed as an agricultural county. What made Norfolk such a centre of development? Was it the availability of labour, with little option but to work the land? Was it innovative landowners? How significant was the development of machinery made possible by the Industrial Revolution?

Susanna Wade Martins draws on traditional sources and new evidence to examine this great period of change in Norfolk’s story.

Book   Susanna Wade Martins     ISBN 0946148589     £8.95     Add this item to your basket

The Norfolk Dialect

The Norfolk Dialect looks first at the linguistic history of the county, and at the many different languages which have been spoken there, to see what influences may have contributed to the distinctive nature of the dialect.

It then examines the dialect of Norfolk in the context of the English dialects of Great Britain, illustrates the links with Suffolk and demonstrates the division at the Fens. One of author Peter Trudgill's key points is to show that the Norfolk dialect is a form of the English language with a fascinating history and a unique structure that is worthy of respect and maintenance, not of ridicule and discrimination. Peter Trudgill recently retired as Professor of English Linguistics at Fribourg University, and is President of FOND (Friends of the Norfolk Dialect).

Book   Peter Trudgill     ISBN 0946148635     £8.95     Add this item to your basket

Exploring the Norfolk Village

Exploring the Norfolk Village is the latest title in our Norfolk Origins series. It takes a selection of villages across the county of Norfolk, from Terrington in the west to Hickling in the east, from the southern border of Breckland to the exposed coastlands, to explain some of the ways in which we can understand the development of Norfolk's villages. In focussing on particular villages, each one represents a different area of the county, and every other village will share common features with at least one of those featured in the book.

The use of current and historical maps, the investigation of documents in local libraries or the Norfolk Record Office, the techniques of field walking or of more formal archaeological digging, are all illustrated in the pages of the book. Everyone with the slightest history in developing their understanding of their community, its history and its geography, will find this book the very best of starting places. Click to hear from author and DVD presenter Christopher Barringer.

Book   Christopher Barringer     ISBN 0946148716     £12.95     Add this item to your basket


Exploring the Norfolk Market Town
Roads and Tracks
Celtic Fire and Roman Rule
The North Folk: Angles, Saxons & Danes
Deserted Villages of Norfolk
Changing Agriculture in Georgian & Victorian Norfolk
The Norfolk Dialect
Exploring the Norfolk Village
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