Paston Heritage

Cambridge choir at Blofield – link to Edward Paston

Our colleagues at Blofield Church, where one of the most prominent Pastons – Edward – has an impressive memorial, are putting on what promises to be a brilliant concert next week. Edward was a skilled musician and a supporter of William Byrd, amassing a large collection of his music and ensuring that many manuscripts survive to this day.
The Cambridge College of Gonville and Caius is patron to Blofield Church and this summer members of the college choir will be in Norfolk finding out about Dr Caius, who was born in Norwich and who attended Norwich School.

Paston presence at Woolly day

John Paston III, loosely disguised as Rob Knee (or is it the other way round?) called in at the Woolly Weekend organised as always by the excellent Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers last Saturday (June 15), sharing the field with sheep, donkeys, folk singers and assorted craftspersons. The event, which took place at Dilham in an attempt to confuse casual visitors, was very successful and mainly dry in terms of weather. Other Paston re-enactors were also in attendance, including Penny Knee, Diana George and Carole and Phil Martin.

Sir Thomas pays a visit to the Maid's Head in advance of Norfolk Day event

The Pastons will be paying a return visit to the Maid's Head on Norfolk Day this year, and Sir Thomas Paston (aka Dr Rob Knee) popped in this week to get the lie of the land.

It will for a while be 1549, the time of Kett’s Rebellion, and Sir Thomas Paston will be telling tales of his involvement during this tumultuous period in the history of Norwich. The costumed talk will include readings from the Paston Letters.

Pastons celebrate anniversary with meal at the Maids Head

A gathering of Paston family and friends at the Maids Head in Norwich on November 22 for a celebration meal to mark the first mention of the Maids Head in a Paston letter (22 November 1472). Music from Hexachordia and readings from the letters and from Paston poetry featured in between courses. Excellent food from the Maids Head. Pictured above at the top table are (from left) Paston trustees Tim Lenton, Rob Knee and Peter Stibbons with their wives Dot, Penny and Brenda. Costumes kindly provided by Penny Knee.

Pictures of a Paston summer

A number of Paston events have taken place over the summer, mainly in connection with the Paston Footprints project. Featured here are a number of pictures from the big exhibition at Hungate in Norwich and the major event at Mannington Hall in August. 

Don't miss Footprints events

There are a large number of events running throughout the county in connection with the Paston Footprints project – too many, in fact, to be included on this website. Please consult the Footprints website here. As soon as I can I will include some notes and pictures of recent events – such as the brilliant performance at Oxnead Hall, the opportunity to view Barningham Hall and church, and a world-class concert at St Nicholas' Church, North Walsham, that linked strongly to the Paston story. More events will follow. Don't miss them!

Griffin runs amok in Norwich church

Well, not really, but it does look a bit like it. The impressive griffin was just one of many exhibits at St Peter Hungate Church in Norwich on May 26 for the opening of the long-planned Paston Footprints exhibition, which will be in the church until the autumn. It is on public view at weekends at the moment. The opening ceremony was carried out by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee in front of about 50 invited guests.

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