Paston Heritage

Pastons of Great Yarmouth: symposium this autumn

The Great Yarmouth Local History & Archaeological Society is hosting the symposium, The Pastons of Great Yarmouth, as part of the Paston600 Footprints celebrations. This will be held on Saturday 19th October 2019 at the Imperial Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, from 9.30am to 4.15pm.
The nationally acclaimed speakers and their topics are:

Margaret's passing marked by memorial stone at Mautby

Fresh from his incarnation as Sir Thomas Paston at the Maids Head (see story below), PHS chair Rob Knee proceeded apace to Mautby, where he marked the creation of a memorial stone to Margaret Paston (nee Mautby) the leading figure in many of the Paston Letters, and writer of a good number of them. He is pictured speaking in the church. Also pictured is the memorial stone. Margaret was buried in the south aisle – an aisle that was later destroyed or collapsed.

 

Cambridge choir at Blofield – link to Edward Paston

Our colleagues at Blofield Church, where one of the most prominent Pastons – Edward – has an impressive memorial, are putting on what promises to be a brilliant concert next week. Edward was a skilled musician and a supporter of William Byrd, amassing a large collection of his music and ensuring that many manuscripts survive to this day.
The Cambridge College of Gonville and Caius is patron to Blofield Church and this summer members of the college choir will be in Norfolk finding out about Dr Caius, who was born in Norwich and who attended Norwich School.

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!

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