Paston Heritage

Come to our PHS Christmas meeting!

Please come and join us for a cup of tea and a mince pie at the Royal Hotel, Mundesley, Coffee Bar from 4 to 6 pm on Friday 18 December.

We will be showing extracts from the latest ‘Green Screen’ filming sessions, as well as updating everyone about the big Lottery Bid with UEA, progress at St Margaret’s Church, Paston, and much else.

I hope you can be with us. If you are not a member, please join and come along!

Rob Knee, chair

Pastons at Cromer

The Paston Heritage Society took a full part in the Cromer History Day at the community hall, Cromer, on October 24. Pictured is re-enactor Diana George giving help to a visitor with medieval calligraphy.

Paston letters available to view online – thanks to British Library

For the first time, part of the British Library’s large collection of Paston family correspondence and documents has been digitised and is available to view in full.

Five volumes containing some of the most studied items have now been published on its Digitised Manuscripts website: four volumes from 1440-1489 and a volume that contains further material from the second half of the 15th century, together with later correspondence. One of the most famous items being made available is the oldest Valentine letter, written by Margery Brews to John Paston III.

Costumed talks – and other opportunities to meet the Pastons

An opportunity to meet the most significant figures in the Paston family and hear their stories is being offered by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee through a series of costumed talks. He has already done a number of these talks and they have been much appreciated. He has created a website through which you can get a look at the kinds of figures he portrays at

Rare wall painting to be reconstructed digitally

A rare medieval wall painting of the Last Judgement in Paston Church will be digitally reconstructed in an exciting new project for which funding has been obtained from the Norfolk Coast Partnership. 

We intend to use expert advice and use the reconstructed image to support a community workshop where artistic responses, in ceramics and textiles, will be produced. Local crafts people will be involved.