Category Archives: Snapshots from the Archive

A Tale of Two Spectres: Will the Real Syderstone Ghost Please Stand Up

Search online for the Syderstone Ghost (Syderstone is a village near Fakenham in Norfolk) and you will find one strong connection. Look a little closer and you will come across a less well-known contender. Fortunately, Norfolk Record Office has you … Continue reading

Posted in NRO Research Bloggers, Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

‘It was a dreadful sight to see!’ Descriptions of the Crimean War

‘It was a dreadful sight to see! Both to my left and right men were cut away from me. I thought it would be my turn every minute but, thank God I have escaped as yet.’ These words were written … Continue reading

Posted in NRO Research Bloggers, Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

‘I suppose you think that I am shot’: Problems writing home from the Crimean War.

‘I suppose that you think that I am shot since you have not heard from me for so long but thank God I am not yet but I have had some near escapes.’ These are the words of Private Thomas … Continue reading

Posted in NRO Research Bloggers, Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A military wedding at Great Yarmouth and a mutiny

For couples where the groom was serving in the military, time could be of the essence to marry before his regiment moved on, or ship sailed again and many military occupations are represented in marriage licence bonds.  This is particularly … Continue reading

Posted in Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Mackenzie family of Scotland and a Norfolk romance

The unusual survival of some letters, found with the marriage licence bond for Henry Bathurst and Frances Mackenzie, 14 July 1807, give us a rare insight into a mother in Scotland eagerly awaiting news of her daughter’s marriage in the … Continue reading

Posted in Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tales of the Great and the Not So Good

Marriage licences were often favoured by families of high social class since they allowed the couple privacy, ability to choose their parish of marriage and were faster to arrange than banns.  The marriage licence could also be a status symbol … Continue reading

Posted in Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did your ancestors marry by licence?

If you are researching your family tree and have come across an entry in a parish register which notes that your ancestors married by licence, then marriage licence bonds can be a valuable resource.  Although they do not include marriages … Continue reading

Posted in Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Memories of Christmas from a German Prisoner of War

Soon after the Second World War ended German POWs were released across the country. Over 100 prisoners were released from Mousehold Camp based in Norwich. One such prisoner was Hans Dittrich who was interviewed shortly before release. Dittrich obviously appreciated … Continue reading

Posted in Snapshots from the Archive | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment