Category Archives: Snapshots from the Archive

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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King’s Lynn’s burning issue

Much has been said about King John, and he is frequently named as Bad King John, although it has to be said it was John who granted various concessions to Lynn, and indeed its charter. But there was among his … Continue reading

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Norfolk’s ‘Downton Abbeys’, and recruiting for below stairs

With the Downton Abbey movie released in September 2019, and the relationship of masters and servants vividly brought to life on the big screen, it was with interest that I reflected on the experiences of Rachel Ketton of Norfolk’s Felbrigg … Continue reading

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Great Yarmouth’s Battle against Herring Piracy during the English Civil War

I have spent nearly a decade of my life researching and writing about Great Yarmouth’s Civil War history, something which has been rewarding and endlessly fascinating because of the quality of Great Yarmouth’s civic records held at the Norfolk Record … Continue reading

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The Diary of Paul E. Homan: stories of WWII from an American Aviation Cadet who hoped his diary would keep the heritage alive.

Paul E. Homan was born in the U.S state of Pennsylvania in 1922. His life before his enrolment into the United States Army Air Force is unknown, but from his Diary of Service During WWII (2nd Air Division Memorial Library … Continue reading

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