Tag Archives: Local History

CCC#50: Game of Cheats

When, circa 1260, Walter Jernegan married Isabel FitzOsbert he could not have known that her brother would die without heirs. And that the line of Isabel’s cousin John de Nougon would also fail, this at his grandson. Thus it mattered … Continue reading

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A Square Round Well

My submission for the #2019picoftheweek challenge title: All’s Well For details of #2019picoftheweek challenge see MariaAntonia This magnificent well sits beside the main Norwich to Dereham road, at the corner of Longwater Lane in Costessey. Despite misinformation to the contrary, … Continue reading

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CCC40: First Time I Came

First time by this way I came, I waded through a streamlet deep Second time by here I trudged through mud, residual of the water seep Third time the ground was dry; I wondered why. 35 words. Written for Crimson’s … Continue reading

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CCC39: Chains

Chains long in the making Chains not for the breaking Tie me to this, my waterside settlement Links forged by my kin Links forged in Anglin Held us while crossing Chased by the Flooding on storm-seas that were tossing Chains … Continue reading

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St James and the White Friars

Seen reflected in the waters of River Wensum is St James Mill built in 1836 in an attempt to save the local textile trade which was being eroded by mills in the northern counties, with their ample supply of rushing … Continue reading

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What Pegman Saw: Of Mud and Trade

It formed where the three rivers joined, between the island-guarded northern bank and southern cliffs, at the estuary the Celtic Iceni called “Noisy Mouth” (for the strident gulls that roosted there). The Romans helped. They built a fort on the … Continue reading

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CCC#33: The Bishop and the King’s Bailiff

In 1285 King Eddy Longshanks sent an edict: To gather the geld from every hundred. The bailiff of Trowse replied to the same: That the bishop of Norwich had refused him and even threatened excommunication. An inquest was held, the … Continue reading

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As Above, So Below

Once upon a time, a long time ago, the Romans used the River Tas to ship supplies to the regional town of Venta Icenorum. Once upon that long time ago the river was wider and deeper … as it doubtless … Continue reading

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And Did Those Feet

First were the Britons’ iron-clad chariot wheel-rims rattling as they raced along. Then arrived slick-skinned hard-nailed southern sandals in haste to decimate the rebel clans. Soft-soled boots of Baltic seal-skin followed, peaceful in their homestead aims. All disturbed by the … Continue reading

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The Market Cross

Mark my confesion: It wasn’t intentional, it was quite accidental, my attention down rather than up. in my need to exclude the non-consenting general public I lopped off the cross at the top. Though neither round nor square, I claim … Continue reading

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