Paston Heritage

Crabs, lobsters and Pastons

Admiral Clement Paston called in at the Cromer Crab and Lobster fair last weekend, and made himself available to chat to passers-by about the Paston family's connections with Cromer. He is better known to most of Cromer as Peter Stibbons, who had much to do with organising the event. Other Cromer names were on hand, including Keith Skipper and his wife Diane, and the PHS re-enactors also made themselves available to demonstrate various medieval skills. The weather was sunny enough to tempt many to attend, but with a cool enough wind to keep them moving. A great success all round.

Students planning theatre event

Rob Knee reports a successful event at Paston College in North Walsham, supporting their seven Year 12 BTec Drama group students who are devising a 30-minute piece of community theatre for performance this June.

The group have been studying the Paston Letters, and re-enactors from the Paston Heritage Society helped them to focus on the everyday life of the Letters through calligraphy, textiles and medieval games.

New project manager

The project manager for the 600 Paston Footprints project has been appointed and will meet hub representatives on Saturday, March 24 at a launch event at the Norfolk Record Office. His name is Matthew Champion. Watch this space for further news following that event.

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.

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. 

Paston walks book is launched in Norwich

Hungate gathering

Our invitation-only launch of the new Paston walks book at St Peter Hungate on December 17 (2016) was extremely successful, with about 50 people attending. After being welcomed by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee, they heard Tim Lenton, who edited the book, introduce the book and present poetry readings by James Knox Whittet, Kay Riggs, Rob Knee and himself, plus Dot Lenton on behalf of Lisa D'Onofrio, who now lives in Australia. 

Book launch featured in local press

The upcoming launch of our new Paston walks book has been featured prominently in the Eastern Daily Press and the North Norfolk News. Called In the Footprints of the Pastons and edited by PHS trustee Tim Lenton, the book describes a walk round the Paston-related sites in Norwich and includes a number of poems by members of Chronicle, the Paston-linked poetry group.

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