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Visitors' Historic Britain: Norwich and Norfolk (ePub)

Stone Age to the Great War

P&S History > British History World History > UK & Ireland > England

By Stephen Browning, Daniel Tink
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Visitors' Historic Britain
File Size: 100.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 279
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781526708441
Published: 18th February 2020


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This unique study traces the history of Norwich and Norfolk from the time of earliest life to the outbreak of the First World War. It is designed to appeal to the travellers, both single and in family groups, who wish to explore the host of fascinating places on offer in what the Norfolk-born authors believe to be the most unspoilt and mysterious county in England. Norwich has its own section along with three possible walks taking in many of the recommended sites. The vast coast is presented next and finally the book travels to central Norfolk: at all times, places of interest are grouped as much as possible so that travellers can make the most of the time available. Everywhere, legends and stories relating to an area are woven into the narrative. A final chapter considers Norwich and Norfolk through time using rare archive and archaeological material to give a taste of life in days gone by. Top Norfolk photographer Daniel Tink has taken 100 photographs especially for the book and presents these where appropriate alongside some wonderful contrasting old prints and etchings. The book concludes with a comprehensive index and bibliography designed to facilitate further study.Throughout, telephone numbers and websites of attractions are given, providing readers with a ‘toolkit’ to unlock the secrets, history, sites and stories of this vast county.

Review by David Brown

As an introduction to the area, it works well and visitors wishing to know more about, for example, Walsingham's Abbey and Priory, can find more about it after visiting the site and appreciating the character of that small corner of the county.

Best of British, April 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I found this to be a very useful book, as I have been visiting Norfolk to do family history research. Informative and interesting.

NetGalley, Gillian Shackleton

What I liked most about the book was discovering things I didn’t know about some of the towns and villages I'm most familiar worth.

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Lost Cousins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a lovely book with very interesting anecdotes and facts about different places around Norfolk. I myself used to live in Downham Market and loved learning about the area. Very well done.

NetGalley, Erin Twohey

Stephen Browning and Daniel Tink take us on a magical journey through the streets of Norwich and around the countryside and coastline of Norfolk. There's even a tale about a ghost in the ruined priory which is less than a half mile from where we live! Superb stories, superb advert for the city and the county, full of information and very readable indeed. Magic!

Books Monthly

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have lived in Norwich for the last 5 years and really appreciated the insight into the little known anecdotes from the county's history. Even some of our local tour guides are unaware of some of the fascinating facts described in the book. The authors have thoughtfully used many fascinating illustrations to further depict places and events... The stories have inspired me to visit Norfolk places that I was previously unaware of.
Congratulations to the authors on the absorbing detailed research.

NetGalley, Peter Coxall

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It was an interesting and informative read. I never visited Norfolk and this book helped me to understand what to see and learn about their story.
An excellent and useful read, highly recommended.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and found that even though I have visited the county many times there was still plenty that I found to be new to me and I have a lot on my list now of places to visit in the area – it is a really handy guide.

I did like that the authors have added images that they have taken too so this gives it a more personal feel than having stock images.

I enjoyed the way that the book was set out and the facts and detail added. The authors have added in details of the sites (where possible) and the addresses/contact numbers so you can make your own arrangements.

NetGalley, Donna Maguire
 Stephen Browning

About Stephen Browning

Stephen Browning is the author of the highly acclaimed studies The World of Charles Dickens (Halsgrove 2012) and On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes (Pen and Sword 2022). His first book was a collaborative project with a dozen other students whilst at the University of Kent, Canterbury for the Disabled. He now lives in Norfolk where he has written several books about the county, some of which, including Visitors’ Historic Britain: Norwich and Norfolk, Stone age to the Great War (2020), have been published by Pen and Sword. He has co-written several books aimed at helping young people and professionals master the English Language in China and East Asia: two of these have won ‘No 1 Book of the Year’ awards from the Library Service in Taiwan.

About Daniel Tink

Daniel Tink was born in 1981 and has lived in Norwich all his life. His photography began as a hobby in 2005, and very quickly became his passion. There is no greater feeling for Daniel than finding himself isolated with his camera, capturing the natural surroundings of the beautiful Norfolk countryside and dramatic coastline. His website www.scenicnorfolk.co.uk showcases his work to thousands of visitors each month from all over the world.

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