Paston Heritage

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!

New project manager

The project manager for the 600 Paston Footprints project has been appointed and will meet hub representatives on Saturday, March 24 at a launch event at the Norfolk Record Office. His name is Matthew Champion. Watch this space for further news following that event.

Great news! Footprints project wins £374,000 Lottery award

The 600 Paston Footprints project, which has been in a development stage for two years, has got a huge boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and it will enable people across the county and beyond to join up the dots in the Pastons' 300-year history.

A National Lottery grant of £374,400 has just been confirmed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which means that doors will be opened to a new understanding of what made the Pastons tick, and the people they influenced.

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