Paston Heritage

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.

Fine outlook for annual meeting – and dates for diaries!

An auspicious 13 members attended the annual meeting of the Paston Heritage Society, which took place at 7.30pm on THURSDAY 23rd APRIL in the MANOR HOTEL, MUNDESLEY. This was a new setting for us, and we enjoyed the sea view and comfortable chairs – not to mention the excellent sandwiches, provided by member Jo Berry. Many thanks to her.

You made the Paston Treasure shine!

A project to re-gild the frame of one of Norfolk’s most important paintings has hit its target - after nearly 200 people helped raise just over £14,500 for the work. The Paston Treasure – the historic painting commissioned by Robert Paston, Earl of Yarmouth, in the 17th century – was selected by Norwich Museums to launch their first ever crowdfunding project. The aim: to re-gild the frame of the picture and in their words "to make a Norfolk treasure shine".

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 https://meetthepastonscostumedtalks.wordpress.com.

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.

Welcome to Paston Heritage

Our aims are:

To preserve Paston Church as a centre for both physical and spiritual refreshment for residents and pilgrims. 
To aid research into the history of Paston and the Paston family.
To seek actively to introduce a new generation of local historians to their heritage.
To promote events that unite the community of Paston.
To raise money for the proper preservation of the church and other buildings as the need arises.
Please contact pastongriffin@gmail.com for further details.