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Planting the Seeds of Independence: The State of the American Colonies prior to 1776

Today marks 243 years since the signing of the ‘Declaration of Independence’, that illustrious document wherein the Thirteen Colonies asserted themselves as independent sovereign states that would no longer conform to the leadership of Great Britain. Since July 4th 1776 … Continue reading

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The Generous Mercer of Hempstead

For Refugee Week 2019, David Stannard has looked at the impact of immigrants from Europe to the east coast of Norfolk and their links with the local textile industry. The East Norfolk Textile Industry The wider historical record makes it clear that the medieval … Continue reading

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A Blood Red Sky, RAF plane crash over Holt, 1968

On a stormy August night in 1968 at the height of the Cold War, Ted Buxton a farmer in the Heydon area witnessed a terrible collision between two RAF aircraft. An RAF Victor from RAF Marham on a training flight … Continue reading

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The Life & Times of Charles H. Harrison, Broadland artist

Charles H. Harrison (1842-1902) was known for his landscape paintings depicting the Norfolk countryside. Born in Great Yarmouth in a dull neighbourhood, his parents moved to a more comfortable cottage where the first signs of the young prodigy bloomed. Harrison … Continue reading

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Anchored in Beer and Land – Bullards Brewery Estate Plans

The estate plans for Bullards Brewery date from 1895, beginning shortly before it registered as a limited company when it was recorded that it owned 280 houses and leased 161.  Eight volumes of plans detail their estates across Norfolk and … Continue reading

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Concentration Camps- for Horses!

It is very interesting being an Archive Blogger and having access to so many maps and documents that provide windows to the past. There is, however, one problem that continually arises when you are researching a specific topic, the distraction … Continue reading

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A Murderer in the School: The case of Eugene Aram of King’s Lynn.

When I was a kid in Bradford, one of my favourite weekend outings was to York. Among its attractions was the Castle Museum and the condemned cell, where I first came across the story of Eugene Aram. At that time, … Continue reading

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Call the Midwife in Loddon

At the turn of the 20th century, with no NHS, many towns and villages had their own Nursing Association. Loddon formed its own Nursing Association as part of the Norfolk Federation from 1907. A newspaper report of March that year … Continue reading

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