St Peter Hungate hosts Paston day

An opportunity to experience Paston in Norwich was offered on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at St Peter Hungate Church, at the junction of Elm HIll and Princes Street. This was once the parish church of the Pastons, who had a house in Elm Hill, and Walter Paston was buried there. There are many other connections, both in the church and locally.

In the evening Chronicle – a group of four poets associated with the Paston Heritage Society - performed words and music celebrating the life of the first Margaret Paston, the Heroine of Hungate. This was a chance to hear more about the life of Margaret, a truly
remarkable woman who shouldered much of the burden of ensuring the
safety and prosperity of the Paston family during the 15th century – a lawless period of
English history. She also found time to write a large proportion of the
famous Paston letters.

Earlier in the day the church hosted – at the invitation of the Paston Heritage Society – magical demonstration music from the Cambridge Consort of Viols, accompanied by re-enactors from the PHS.

We hope to stage more events at St Peter Hungate in Norwich, and the Chronicle show will be part of a Paston day at Mannington Hall in the autumn.