Paston Heritage

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.

Large-scale project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support: volunteers needed

HLF

The Paston Heritage Society and Dr Karen Smyth, Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at UEA, have received a £13,000 grant  from the Heritage Lottery Fund, representing initial support for the development of a community research project on the Pastons.

Paston Footprints 600 will be the first ever large-scale community project to uncover specific local links with the vibrant heritage of the Pastons, who as Norfolk’s most prominent family from 1380-1750 rose from medieval peasants to become lawyers and enter the dangerous European battlefields and Tudor courts. 

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