Category Archives: Snapshots from the Archive

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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A Glimpse into The History of Elm Hill: The 1860s and Father Ignatius

Since moving to Norwich three years ago, I have spent many a day ambling around the city centre, often with my camera, and the sight of Elm Hill was immediately of intrigue to me. This intrigue is obviously shared by … Continue reading

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Pablo Fanque’s return to Norwich

Pablo Fanque, born as William Darby, was the first black British circus proprietor. Apprenticed at an early age to William Batty, a well-known equestrian and circus proprietor, he was first trained as an acrobat and gymnast and then in horsemanship. … Continue reading

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Bicycle Journeys through Norfolk in the tyre tracks of Leonard Bolingbroke

The Bolingbroke Bicycle Journal (NRO, BOL 1/87, 739X2) is an intriguing find. It documents cycle rides throughout Norfolk, and further afield, with instructions on bicycle care and repair bills. The journal begins in 1878 and records to 1884.

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