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A Patterned Platform

Once upon a time, a train line ran from Norwich, westward through many a Norfolk village. Laid in 1882 by the Midland and Great North-Western Railway, M&GNW was better known to the locals as the Muddle and Go Nowhere Line. My … Continue reading

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The North and the South of it

At Norwich, in Norfolk, in many of the churches but especially the cathedral, the earlier, southern, style of Romanesque architecture (aka Byzantine) competes with the later, finer, often spectacular northern Gothic for the visitor’s eye. Norwich was my home-town, I … Continue reading

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Edwin of Meltuna

The third of the Late Saxon Will composed by Wulfgyth’s East Anglian family: 1: Wulfgyth of Karletune 2: Ketel Alder 3: Edwin of Meltuna 4: Family Connections: Wulf, Wine and Thor Edwin of Meltuna Brother by-blood or in-law? There is … Continue reading

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Enter The Scribes

Ancestral Lands: Part Two, Saxons and Danes Saxlingham wasn’t named for the Saxons, but for a minor lord by name of Seaxe. And despite the claims of the village sign, Seaxe probably lived one, even two centuries earlier (650-750 CE), … Continue reading

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Written In Soil

Ancestral Lands, part of the Henstead Hundred Series Saxlingham—Nethergate and Thorpe Saxlingham has rightly been named a village of outstanding beauty. While taking the photos that accompany these three posts on Saxlingham’s early history I found it difficult to find … Continue reading

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Horse Whispers

The road from Great Yarmouth to Norwich crosses the former ‘Great Estuary’, now better known as the Halvergate marshes. Travelling by bus, I’m free to gaze out the window, to enjoy the serenity of this landscape, dotted with windmills, with … Continue reading

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A Little Village with Big Connections

Shotesham… … a village of 562 souls, 5 miles south of Norwich, has connections, contemporary and historical, social, political and royal—and that’s where I was heading when I got off the bus at Upper Stoke, a couple of weeks past. … Continue reading

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