CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19): Following government advice, all of our public talks and events have been postponed until the autumn. We hope to invite our speakers again when we are able to restart the programme. Members will be kept informed by email and the website regularly updated. Members will continue to receive regular issues of the Brundall & Braydeston Chronicle via Royal Mail.



RIP Robinia - one of Brundall's oldest trees
the cover
                          of the Brundall tree book
Sadly the 250-year-old Robinia tree outside what is now the Casa Mia, formerly the White Horse, Old Beams and Lavender House, has been severely cut back because of a falling rotten branch and fears for the safety of passers-by. It may survive, but its future is not yet known.

There is much about the tree - and other wonderful Brundall trees with a mass of history, in our Trees of Brundall book written by John Fleetwood, former village tree warden, and now the person who coordinates all of Broadland's tree wardens.

See our shop page for sales of the book.
 
Brundall Primary School 50th Anniversary project update


Brundall School taken around the 1970s

In partnership with the school, Brundall Local History Group has been researching and compiling local memories and photographs of everyday life in the village over the last 50 years.

The school officially opened in September 1969, the first school to be built in the village. The picture shows a class hard at work in the 1970s.

A set of learning resources was successfully delivered to the school for its special “Brundall Memories” study week in February. This generated interest and enthusiasm among the teachers and children and wonderful feedback has been received about the work that our materials inspired.

Although public events connected with the project have been postponed, Brundall Local History Group is still working on the production of a series of free and easily-downloadable digital materials for home learning and enjoyment,supported by the Co-op’s Community Fund. Launch dates will be announced on the website in due course.

Co-op
                              logo If you have a membership card for the “Blue” Co-op supermarket you can choose our local project as your cause; and the Co-op will give 1% of what you spend on selected Co-op branded products and services to our fund to raise money for these learning materials.


If you aren’t a Co-op member, you can still sign up. Just ask at the Co-op counter, go to www.coop.co.uk/membership or phone 0800 023 4708.


Thank you.



A Henry Morse van in the
                                                          1930sBrundall's blooming rose businesses

Brundall once had a thriving horticultural industry. It’s said that coaches used to stop just so the occupants could admire the sight and scent of fields of roses.One of Henry Morse's trucks is pictured right, in the 1930s.

Discover the stories of Henry Morse and Co and Ronald Tooke.


Listed Brundall signal box on the move

The signal box at Brundall Station, which was
given Grade II listed status for its special architectural and historic interest in 2013, is no longer needed because of the new signalling project which is now complete between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Because it is listed, it cannot be left to decay, and so,according to the EDP,  it is going to the Mid Norfolk Railway based in Dereham, who will be able to preserve it. However no plans have been finalised.

More about the signal box.


New grant to help archive holders - including Brundall Local History Group


Norfolk County Council’s Record Office (NRO) has been awarded a grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund of up to £217,400 to support a new three-year project entitled, Community Archives: Skills, Support and Sustainability. As the name suggests, the project will provide communities with the skills and support they need to create sustainable community archives. The grant will be used to recruit two community archivists to work across Norfolk with community groups across the county to train people in archive skills, such as cataloguing their collections, digitization and recording oral history interviews. This will mean people now and in the future can locate and consult historically important resources.

Cabinet member Margaret Dewsbury said: “Local community groups are in an excellent position to identify archives relating to their local area or special interest. Without this, our community memories will fade, and parts of Norfolk’s heritage will be lost. It’s fantastic that we have gained this funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund which will enable the Norfolk Record Office to work with communities to secure and make available to everyone these important resources. As well as providing a fascinating window into Norfolk’s past, archives are a wonderful aid to community cohesion and integration.”




Watch a rare film of a wedding reception in Brundall in 1949.

A still from the film -
                                      copyright EAFAOn a blustery November afternoon in 1949, guests arrive at the Roman Catholic Chapel of St George in  Fishergate, Norwich, to attend the wedding of Henry Woods and Remina Valori.  Brief glimpses of the inside of the chapel show the ceremony under way, before the newlyweds emerge smiling and posing for photographs.The bridal party departs in the Rolls Royce cars with the guests following in a pair of coaches, all headed for the reception venue: the White Horse in Brundall.
Find out more and view the film, courtesy of the East Anglian Film Archive.



Welcome to Brundall
Local History Group


Linking generations across the

community through collecting,

preserving & sharing

information & memories about our history and heritage


Brundall in Norfolk is a large Broadland village about seven miles east of Norwich off the road to Yarmouth.  It is on the River Yare and has two railway stations. The population was a mere 63 in 1836 but once Norfolk’s first railway was opened in 1844 it grew over the years to the approximately 5,000 that it is today. 


Brundall Local History Group (BLHG) usually meets on the third Thursday of the month in The Memorial Hall for a talk.  See ‘Our Events’ for details. 

We charge £2.50 for the evening which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit, or you can pay an annual subscription of £12 and become a memb
er.  Members are admitted free to the talks and also receive quarterly newsletters.  Both visitors and new members are always very welcome.

We aim to discover as much as we can about Brundall’s history, to record it, and to share it.

If you think you may have information or photographs that we don’t, if you know of any errors or omissions, or if you want to know more about the Brundall or the BLHG we’d love to hear from you.

And if you have any queries for us, please email enquiries@brundallvillagehistory.org.uk and we'll do our best to help.

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Copyright: Nothing on this website may be copied or published without the permission of the Brundall Local History Group. This does not mean we will not give permission, but you do have to ask us. The archive material has come from many sources and there are many copyright holders.