Sunday Picture Post: Treading in my Several-Times-Great-Grandma’s Steps

Saturday 22nd August, I shod myself in walking shoes, equipped myself with food and water, and caught the 6:30 am bus out of Great Yarmouth. At Norwich, I caught another bus to arrive at Newton Flotman by 7:40 am. It was a breezy day. It was to get breezier.

Early sun on the houses at Newton Flotman: 22 August 2020

My father was born and grew up at Newton Flotman. But his mother’s family had come from “across the road and down the lane”. That road is the A140, the old Roman Road from Venta Icenorum to Colchester. Down the lane are the two parishes of Saxlingham: Nethergate and Thorpe.

But first to cross the river; navigable in former times, now barely a stream. The Tas.

Reflections in River Tas: 22 August 2020

I’ve become quite obsessed of late with water-reflections.

The sun ripples on the water: 22 August 2020

Cargate Lane from Newton to Saxlingham: 22 August 2020

An iconic sight at Saxlingham Nethergate: 22 August 2020

As a child, I’d come through here on a bus to visit my other grandma who lived in the next village along. Every time I saw this barn, I knew we were nearly there.

Saxlingham Nethergate: 22 August 2020

Saxlingham Nethergate: 22 August 2020

Saxlingham Nethergate: 22 August 2020

Deemed a Village of Outstanding Beauty. You can see why.

Wood Pigeon… posing: 22 August 2020

You see the sign he’s sitting on? Generally, that means restricted to farm traffic. But in this instance, I think it means foot traffic…

Wash Lane, a Restricted Byway: 22 August 2020

The long lost village of Saxlingham Thorpe: 22 August 2020

Today, what remains of Saxlingham Thorpe hugs the parish boundary with Newton Flotman and shares the advantages of being close to a main arterial road.

Looking back to Saxlingham Nethergate: 22 August 2020

Parish church of Saxlingham Thorpe: 22 August 2020

A greenway takes me to the next village: 22 August 2020

My maternal grandma lived in the next village. Hempnall. Not the place of her birth; she came from South Norfolk, from close to the Waveney. But my maternal grandfather’s family had settled here.

St Margaret’s Church, Hempnall: 22 August 2020

View from the bus shelter: 22 August 2020

Oh, the times I had waited here as a child. Then we didn’t have phones that doubled as cameras. We didn’t have easy connections. And nor had I. The 4G connection was erratic here. Whether that’s the usual state or whether it was due to the winds and threatening storm… beyond me to know.

I spent a lot of time in Saxlingham in 2016-17. I researched its history from the earliest times. I trod its bounds.  The results of that research formed several posts here on WP. If you’re interested, see here:

Written in Soil

Enter the Scribes

Wulfgyth of Karletuna

Ketel Alder

Edwin of Meltuna

Family Connections: Wulf, Wine and Thor

The Migrating Village of Saxlingham Thorpe

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30 Responses to Sunday Picture Post: Treading in my Several-Times-Great-Grandma’s Steps

  1. So many things we never even dreamed of as children have now come to pass. I was outside a bit ago looking on my phone at my Stellariium stargazer’s night sky map. 🙂
    It’s great that you can revisit the scenes of your childhood and they’re still intact, not all replaced with the latest in modern designs. 🙂

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  2. You could write a whole book just listing the amazing place names over there, each one must tell a story

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  3. Sadje says:

    Thanks for sharing your walk down the memory lane.


  4. Tien Skye says:

    Nice sharing. I feel like I’m walking with you


  5. Joy Pixley says:

    What a lovely walk! Made more pleasant by knowing the shaded footpaths that connect the villages, I’m sure. When were those villages settled? Some of those buildings look pretty old.

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  6. It’s a beautiful village/town. I love the thatched roofs!

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  7. Dale says:

    I know I started reading this post on Sunday… must have been distracted and then forgot to come back. My bad.
    This was a wonderful walk, Crispina. To have all those beautiful, lovely buildings and ruins and fields and… just fabulous.

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  8. Brian Bixby says:

    I went looking on a map to see where you’d gone, and think I ran into a naming problem. My map shows Saxlingham Thorpe due south of Newton Flotman, while the village between Saxlingham Nethergate and Hempnall is called Saxlingham Green. Most obvious solution is that the Green is or was part of Thorpe. But please set me straight.

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