Paston Heritage

Rare chance to meet Edward Paston!

PHS chair Rob Knee will be giving another of his costumed presentations on Thursday, 18 January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall.

This time we're invited to 'MEET EDWARD PASTON 1550-1630'.

Edward Paston lived in Blofield and was an important member of the famous Paston famly. He was a benefactor of Tudor music, an interest which he often used as a cover for his Catholic faith.His life story will also be used by Rob to illustrate the golden years of the Paston line and their magnificent houses of Oxnead and Paston.

Re-enactors get insight into 15th century weaponry

Paston Heritage Society re-enactors met with Steve and Jo Parish and Irene of Past Alive at Bacton Village Hall on 24 October – and were treated to a real insight into the 15th century. They were particularly fascinated by weapons that were used at the time: Poleaxe, Longbow, Crossbow, Dagger, Sword and Buckle, Arquebus...

Great news! Footprints project wins £374,000 Lottery award

The 600 Paston Footprints project, which has been in a development stage for two years, has got a huge boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and it will enable people across the county and beyond to join up the dots in the Pastons' 300-year history.

A National Lottery grant of £374,400 has just been confirmed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which means that doors will be opened to a new understanding of what made the Pastons tick, and the people they influenced.

Oxnead talk by Rob Knee on Bure connections

Paston Heritage Society chairman Rob Knee gave an illustrated talk entitled The Waters Of Destiny – The Paston Family And The River Bure on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 7:30 pm.

He said: "The Paston family rose from the humblest of origins to become the dominant family in North Norfolk throughout the 15th,16th and 17th centuries. The Bure and its tributaries provide a setting for much of the family story."

Pastons will be out in force at Blofield History Day event

A Village History Day is being put on at Blofield Church on Saturday, 4 November, from 10am to 4pm – and the Paston Heritage Society will be giving its full support. Local villagers will be offered a glimpse into the past, with photographs of people and places, old maps and documents.

They will also be given the chance to discover links with the Paston family and the poet John Dryden. PHS re-enactors will be present and will demonstrate medieval skills as well as giving information about the Pastons, some of whom once lived in Blofield.

Entry is free!



'Tis the season for volunteering!

A successful event at the Aylsham Heritage Centre on September 20. Many thanks to Chloe for setting it up, Jayne for hosting and hospitality, to the Hellesdon reps and also to Peter for his help with presentation and publicity. Nine volunteers (7 Aylsham 2 Blofield) with some real potential for Paston Footprints projects and some useful discussions and ideas.

Village school investigates Gresham's history

One of the homes of the Paston family was the castle in the north Norfolk village of Gresham. Today the remains of the castle are not generally accessible, lying as they do in the middle of a field of grain. The village primary school are taking the lead in trying to find out more about the castle; a group visited to see what can still be seen, and Peter Stibbons produced a video (click to view). Margaret Paston, with her man Daubney, was there to explain the 'battle' that took place to throw her out.

Jarrolds features Paston walks and poetry book

Jarrolds shelf

Our new book, In the Footprints of the Pastons, describing a walk through Norwich, visiting Paston sites, is now available at Jarrolds in the city. It also features poems and information about the various Pastons and their activities. Here it is pictured on the Jarrolds walks shelf by eagle-eyed PHS chair, Dr Rob Knee.