Recent Events

Sir Thomas pays a visit to the Maids Head in advance of Norfolk Day event

The Pastons will be paying a return visit to the Maids Head on Norfolk Day this year, and Sir Thomas Paston (aka Dr Rob Knee) popped in this week to get the lie of the land.

It will for a while be 1549, the time of Kett’s Rebellion, and Sir Thomas Paston will be telling tales of his involvement during this tumultuous period in the history of Norwich. The costumed talk will include readings from the Paston Letters.

Pastons celebrate anniversary with meal at the Maids Head

A gathering of Paston family and friends at the Maids Head in Norwich on November 22 for a celebration meal to mark the first mention of the Maids Head in a Paston letter (22 November 1472). Music from Hexachordia and readings from the letters and from Paston poetry featured in between courses. Excellent food from the Maids Head. Pictured above at the top table are (from left) Paston trustees Tim Lenton, Rob Knee and Peter Stibbons with their wives Dot, Penny and Brenda. Costumes kindly provided by Penny Knee.

Pictures of a Paston summer

A number of Paston events have taken place over the summer, mainly in connection with the Paston Footprints project. Featured here are a number of pictures from the big exhibition at Hungate in Norwich and the major event at Mannington Hall in August. 

Griffin runs amok in Norwich church

Well, not really, but it does look a bit like it. The impressive griffin was just one of many exhibits at St Peter Hungate Church in Norwich on May 26 for the opening of the long-planned Paston Footprints exhibition, which will be in the church until the autumn. It is on public view at weekends at the moment. The opening ceremony was carried out by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee in front of about 50 invited guests.

Crabs, lobsters and Pastons

Admiral Clement Paston called in at the Cromer Crab and Lobster fair last weekend (May 2018), and made himself available to chat to passers-by about the Paston family's connections with Cromer. He is better known to most of Cromer as Peter Stibbons, who had much to do with organising the event. Other Cromer names were on hand, including Keith Skipper and his wife Diane, and the PHS re-enactors also made themselves available to demonstrate various medieval skills. The weather was sunny enough to tempt many to attend, but with a cool enough wind to keep them moving.

Students planning theatre event

Rob Knee reports a successful event at Paston College in North Walsham, supporting their seven Year 12 BTec Drama group students who are devising a 30-minute piece of community theatre for performance this June.

The group have been studying the Paston Letters, and re-enactors from the Paston Heritage Society helped them to focus on the everyday life of the Letters through calligraphy, textiles and medieval games.

Rare chance to meet Edward Paston!

PHS chair Rob Knee gave another of his costumed presentations on Thursday, 18 January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall. This time we were invited to 'MEET EDWARD PASTON 1550-1630'. Edward Paston lived in Blofield and was an important member of the famous Paston famly. He was a benefactor of Tudor music, an interest which he often used as a cover for his Catholic faith. His life story was used by Rob to illustrate the golden years of the Paston line and their magnificent houses of Oxnead and Paston.

Re-enactors get insight into 15th century weaponry

Paston Heritage Society re-enactors met with Steve and Jo Parish and Irene of Past Alive at Bacton Village Hall on 24 October – and were treated to a real insight into the 15th century. They were particularly fascinated by weapons that were used at the time: Poleaxe, Longbow, Crossbow, Dagger, Sword and Buckle, Arquebus...