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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.

Book        ISBN 9781909796356     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   David Stannard     ISBN 9781909796164     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Roger Arguile     ISBN 9780946148998     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

An Acle Chronicle

In the east of the county, Acle has a story to tell from Roman times to the present.
Book   Brian Grint     ISBN 0946148392     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

Have You Heard About Blakeney?

Once a busy trading port, now a favoured coastal village.
Book   Peter Brooks     ISBN 0946148546     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

Cley - Living with Memories

Until the coming of the railways, the little ports of north Norfolk were essential ports. 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.
Book   Peter Brooks     ISBN 0946148074     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Martin Warren     ISBN 0946148554     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

Holt - Georgian Market Town

From Domesday Book to the great fire of 1708, through to the present day. A new edition of this title.
Book   Peter Brooks     ISBN 0946148538     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Peter Stibbons & David Cleveland     ISBN 0946148562     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Olgar Sinclair     ISBN 09461483884     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Peter Brooks     ISBN 0946148605     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Colin Tooke     ISBN 0946148503     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   David Butters     ISBN 0946148449     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.
Book   Peter Brooks     ISBN 0946148058     £2.95     Add this item to your basket

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.

Book   Geoff Leake     ISBN 0 94614875 9     £2.95     Add this item to your basket


Palling - A History Shaped by the Sea
Happisburgh - The Story of Britain Starts Here
Wells-next-the-Sea - A Little History
An Acle Chronicle
Have You Heard About Blakeney?
Cley - Living with Memories
Cromer - Chronicle of a Watering Place
Holt - Georgian Market Town
Poppyland - Strands of Norfolk History
Potter Heigham - The Heart of Broadland
Sheringham - The Story of a Town
Southtown & Gorleston - At the Mouth of the Yare
Swaffham - In the Pedlar's Footsteps
Weybourne - Peaceful Mirror of a Turbulent Past
East & West Runton - Two Villages, One Parish
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