The Norfolk Historic Building Group (NHBG) was founded in 2000 to bring together people who enjoy and appreciate old buildings and want to learn more about them. The Group:
  • arranges winter talks and summer activities about churches and chapels, grand country houses, medieval guildhalls, schools and houses built in timber, flint, brick, and clay lump;
  • publishes spring and summer newsletters for members;
  • conducts research on houses and other buildings;
  • offers opportunities for members to survey and study buildings;
  • attracts funding for research and publications including Heritage Lottery and English Heritage;
  • surveys houses at their owners’ request;
  • maintains a data base of properties- over 300 reports currently

Research and Publications

In 2013 NHBG published the findings of a historical and architectural study of Rural Schools, in partnership with Norfolk Record Office and University of East Anglia. The findings were published as Volume 5 of the Group’s Journal.

Two of Costessey’s schools: St Augustine RC and 1870 Board School

NHBG’s current project is the North Norfolk Pilgrimage Centre of Little Walsingham. After several years of surveying and recording, and documentary research, this project has just been published, with financial support from Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society.


Walsingham buildings on the High Street including a fine crown post roof. 

The report is being launched on September 30th at UEA and October 7th in Walsingham. For more information go to the events page


NHBG lectures, activities and visits

Photos of summer events
Dates of 2015/6 winter season lectures

In 2014 summer visits included Thompson College (left) and church and Forncett St Mary (right) - a complex house set in a stunning garden.

Winter lectures and summer activities are reported in NHBG's newsletters.  

To find out more about NHBG and about becoming a member go to