Paston Heritage

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.

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!

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. 

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