Surviving the Dissolution: Norwich’s Great Hospital in the Sixteenth Century

The Great Hospital has provided care for the local community continuously for almost 800 years.   Few other charitable organisations in Europe can match this remarkable record and even fewer can boast such a rare combination of architectural and documentary riches.  Although at the time of its foundation in 1249 the…

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Visit to Ryston Hall

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On Saturday 22 October, around 20 members and guests of the society visited Ryston Hall, near Downham Market, Norfolk, by kind invitation of Mrs Sarah Pratt the current custodian of the hall and estate. The visit was organised by the society in connection to our 2022 publication The Literary Papers…

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Dr John Barney

John Barney who died in mid-July was an unusual mature student. After a distinguished career at Ernst and Young he came to Norfolk in 1990, not as a well-to-do retiree to the county’s north coast but to study history at the University of East Anglia. He graduated with first class…

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‘Slices of Bacon’ – Sir Nathaniel, his family and his papers

Nathaniel Bacon (?1546-1622) was the second son of the Lord Keeper Sir Nicholas Bacon and his first wife Jane, the daughter of Thomas Ferneley, a Suffolk merchant. Nathaniel had two brothers, Nicholas and Edward, both of whom became county figures in Suffolk, and two half-brothers, Anthony and Francis, the sons…

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Barbara Miller MBE

The society has been greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of Barbara Miller, who was our honorary secretary from 1993 to 2003, when she handed over to the current incumbent. Barbara was brought in as secretary by our then chairman, Hassell Smith, and the two of them were…

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Sir Timothy Colman KG, DCL

In addition to a whole host of other appointments, and to his wide-ranging interests both in the county and elsewhere (as amply recorded in his obituary in the Eastern Daily Press for 10 September 2021), Sir Timothy was president of the Norfolk Record Society from 1978 until his retirement as…

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