Category Archives: Snapshots from the Archive

‘The beginning of the end’, Norfolk’s textile industry in decline

In 1769, one of Norwich’s largest textile firms went bankrupt. Although abrupt, the downfall of Stannard & Taylor was, as their successors’ financial records indicate, symptomatic of wider changes that marked the beginning of Norfolk’s slow, drawn-out commercial and industrial … Continue reading

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A brief insight into the history of Team Lotus

Formula One has always been, in my opinion, an incredibly exciting sport and delving into archives relating to the Norfolk born Team Lotus, the sister company of Lotus Cars, was equally as interesting. Setting out on what may be an impossible … Continue reading

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The ‘Lonely Sentinel’ of Eccles juxta Mare is Finally Lost to the Sea

This January marks the 125th anniversary of the destruction of the steeple of the church of Eccles St. Mary next the Sea, which was toppled by a tremendous Nor’Westerly storm on 23 January 1895. The steeple, comprising a basal round … Continue reading

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Digging for diamonds: A voyage of fortune

In the winter of 1871, twenty-one-year-old Charles Howes, son of Reverend T.G.F. Howes, set off on the R.M.S. Cambrian alongside other enthusiastic prospectors to South Africa where an event very reminiscent of the Californian Gold Rush was taking place. While … Continue reading

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Thanks to you: celebrating 25 years of National Lottery funding for heritage and projects at the Norfolk Record Office

The first National Lottery draw took place 25 years ago on 19 November 1994. Since then, £8billion from ticket sales has been awarded to more than 44,000 heritage projects across the UK through The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Running Tudor England’s Second City

The Accounts of the Chamberlains of Norwich, 1539-45 Accounts are an important source of evidence for students of late medieval and early modern history. The requirement that officials should produce minutely detailed lists of all the individual sums that they … Continue reading

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An Elizabethan Beguinage in Hempstead cum Eccles, Norfolk?

Evidence of a Beguinage? Agnes Vincent, of the east Norfolk village of Hempstead cum Eccles clearly states in the text of her will that three of her kinswomen, Catherine, Audrey and Elizabeth Derham were all ‘dwelling in my house’; with … Continue reading

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THE GREAT SILENCE.

THE FIRST ARMISTICE DAY IN NORFOLK AND PEACE DAY 1919 Armistice 1919. The ‘end’ of the First World War left an aftermath of political, social and emotional turmoil. Although many men and women were still serving abroad, it was decided … Continue reading

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