The Group publishes two newsletters a year in April and September. These newsletters contain:


        • short papers by the winter speakers
        • members' reports on meetings and visits
        • reports on individual building studied by the Group
        • brief digest of buildings visited by the Group
        • short articles on research in Norfolk by both members and non-members
        • regular updates of the current major projects
        • diary of events


The newsletter editor is Ian Hinton. 

If you have a short article about Norfolk historic buildings or closely associated topics contact Ian at: 
  • 134 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrews, Norfolk NR7 0SB.


  • Phone 01603 431311

A copy of each newsletter is made available via the website one year after publication.
Electronic copies of Newsletters 1 to 5 are not available. Newsletters from No 6 (Autumn 2003) can be downloaded by pressing on the relevant date. Please Note: the pdf Newsletter files are quite large and can take a while to download.

The front covers of newsletters from 2013 are in colour, but the photos in the print copies are in black and white. However, photos can be seen in colour by opening the elctronic copies of the newsletters on this page.   From Autumn 2019 photographs in the newsletter are in colour. 



No 1:           Spring   2001:  
The Built Environment of King's Lynn; Doing different: A study of the diversity of historic buildings in Norfolk; Developments in Plan-form in smaller post-medieval houses: a case study from Norfolk.

No 2:           Autumn  2001:
Two views of New Buckenham; Wattle and daub days; Walking tour of Great Yarmouth; Barn at Brooke, Norfolk; The Cottage, Rosemary Lane, New Buckenham; Boulton & Paul timber-framed pre-fabricated buildings.

No 3:          Spring   2002:
East Anglian Flintwork; Heigham Grove; Patronage of Modernist Architecture in Norfolk; Roman Buildings in West Norfolk; The Use of Probate Inventories; Alignment of Medieval Rural Churches; The maintenance of town property in Wymondham c.1590 c.1640; Vernacular houses in the Norfolk landscape; Domestic building in Norwich 1750– 1800; Partially timber-framed house in Hindolveston.

No 4:          Autumn  2002:  
The building of Loddon Church; King's Head Cottage, Banham, Norfolk;Hempnall; Visit to Methwold and Northwold, George Skipper's Norwich; King Street, Norwich;  Gable Cottage, New Buckenham.

No 5:          Spring   2003:  
Visit to Wells; Stiffkey Hall; Tibenham Farm, Tibenham, Norfolk; Visit to Mannington and Wolterton Halls; History of Decorative Plasterwork; Sedgeford Parish Church; Bricks in History; Blackford Hall, Stoke Holy Cross; Norfolk Earthworks Survey; Merchant Housing at Yarmouth; Norfolk Buildings – Documentary Sources.

No 6:          Autumn  2003:  
Visit to Sedgeford; Arts & Crafts Architecture on the Norfolk Coast; A day in Wymondham; Visit to East Barsham Manor and The Old Rectory, Great Snoring; Visit to the Great Hospital, Norwich, Visit to Thetford; A Mayoral Residence of mid -18th Century Norwich; a south Norfolk farmhouse.


No 7:          Spring   2004:  
Skirting Boards made from tiles; The Octagon Chapel, Norwich; Thomas Ivory (1709-1779); 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London; Godwick Barn, Norfolk; a Norwich Undercroft; Norfolk's Anglo-Norman Castles: form and function; Mathematical tiles; Two ornamental Cornices;  Cromer's oldest house; Priory Farm Rushall, Norfolk.
No 8:          Autumn  2004:  
Brick in Eastern England; Looking up at Diss; Ketteringham; Little Walsingham; The Old Hall, East Tuddenham, Norfolk; Oulton Chapel; The Dower House, Tacolneston; Wallpaper at Narborough Hall.
No 9:          Spring   2005:
Church and Old Hall, South Burlingham; Visit to Old Hunstanton; New Hunstanton: Art Noveau in Detail; Medieval Gildhalls; Medieval Shops; St Martin's, New Buckenham; Porch Roof at All Saints, Old Buckenham; Chestnut Cottage, Forncett End.
No 10:        Autumn  2005:
From East Anglia to New England; Harleston Day; A view of Swaffham; Redenhall Church; Swaffham Church; Cromer - a Late Victorian Seaside Town; Visit to Raynham Hall; Hemsby Barn; Waxham Great Barn; Gowthorpe Manor visit; The Ancient House, Thetford.


No 11:        Spring   2006:  
The use of brick in East Anglia: functional or cultural; Laser survey of Norwich Cathedral; Visit to Aylsham; 18 Red Lion Street, Aylsham: Norfolk's native building stone; Beech Cottage, Tacolneston; Moulded church pier arcades.
No 12:         Autumn  2006:  
Visit to Paston barn and church; The Houghton archive; Visit to Diss; Churchman House, Norwich; The Old Post Office, Gissing;Visit to Rainthorpe Hall; Britons Arms and The Queen of Hungary, Norwich; Bridge Green Farm, Burston.
No 13:        Spring   2007:
Visit to Bradfield Woods; Harleston; Tour of Great Yarmouth; Dovecotes in Norfolk and Elsewhere; South door, St Michael's Church, Irstead; Gazebo at Baconsthorpe, Old Rectory.
No 14:         Autumn  2007:  
Ghost Airfields of Norfolk; Three Norfolk Church Towers; Kirstead Hall; Visit to Wells: Photographic Day: Manor Farm, Pulham Market; Tour of Loddon.

No 15:         Spring   2008:
House and home in pre-historic Norfolk; Goldsmiths' Premises in East Anglia, 1500–1750; The building history of St Margaret's Church, Cley-next-the-Sea, in the Middle Ages;  Manor Farm, Pulham Market; The Rookery, Fundenhall;Timber-framed chimneys.
No 16:       Autumn  2008:  
Binham Priory and Village; Four Norfolk roodscreens; Visit to Heydon Hall, church and village; Visit to Worstead Village; Nos 33-43 Damgate, Wymondham; King's Lynn; Wingfield, Suffolk, Church and College; Barnham Broom Old Hall.
No 17:     Spring   2009:  
Surviving Military Structures on the Suffolk Coast; Overstrand Revisited; Flint Day; Buildings of The Wolterton Estate; Small Houses in Late Medieval York and Norwich; Rebirth of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in the 18790s; NHBG Dendro Dates in South Norfolk
No 18:        Autumn  2009:
                    Tacolneston, Tydd St Giles and Wisbech; 15th C piety in the Glaven valley; Possible columbarium at St 
Nicholas, Blakeney, Beccles; Castle Acre: Castle and Priory; clay Plain Tile Roofs; Barningham Hall, Matlaske; Anchor Joint, Neatishead; Norfolk Rural Schools Project.

No 19:    Spring  2010:  
Tacolneston; Norwich Visit; Sir John Soan in Norfolk; Houses of the Sussex Cinque Ports; Norfolk's Medieval Stained Glass; Manor Farm, Pulham Market, Nfk; Pulham North Green; Late Medieval Church Towers in Norfolk; The Norfolk Rural Schools Survey.
No 20:    Autumn  2010:  
Launch of Little Walsingham Project; The Greenhouse Project; Ryston Hall, Ryston; Foulsham in June; Common Edge Houses, Orchard House, Rural Schools Project; Anchor Ties and Tusk Tenons
No 21:     Spring 2011
A full day of churches; Brief Building History of Walpole Old Chapel; Norfolk Toll-houses; The archaeology of houses in London, 1100-1600; Norwich Castle: 'A good and sufficient prison?'; Railway Buildings in East Anglia; Church Extensions; St Lawrence, Harpley; Rural Schools Project

No 22:     Autumn 2011

Wymondham Town Walk; Walsingham; Bayfield Hall; Timber framing in Denmark; Cathedral Close; Mannington & Itteringham; Three Marshland Churches;  Medieval Churches of Norwich


No 23:    
 Spring 2012

Flint Building in East Anglia; Walsingham; Norwich Cathedral in 18th and 19th Century; Low Side Windows in Churches, Norfolk Rural Schools; Georgianisation of Norwich; 1066 and all that Land Law; Thatching methods

No 24:     Autumn 2012
Stiffkey Hall Visit; JW Evans Silver Factory; How to take a house down; 1066 and all that Land Law (Part 2); Coggeshall Visit; Three Broadland Churches Visit; Hingham Town Walk; Hindringham Hall Visit; Church Farm, Alburgh Visit.

No 25       Spring 2013 

Hempnall Village Walk; Canterbury as a Pilgrimage Centre; The Building Cockrills of Yarmouth;  Norfolk Parsonages of the Nineteenth Century; Hindringham Hall documentary research; Timber-framed Buildings of Northern Germany; Twentieth Century Norwich in a Nutshell; Burn marks on Buildings: Accidental or Deliberate.

No  26:    Autumn 2013

Carspaces: the English Heritage Monitoring Project; Orchard House, Bramerton; Meadow Cottage , Alpington; Flint Day, Eye and Thornham Parva; Walsingham Walkabout;  Truncated-Principal-Rafter Roofs in Walsingham; Three West-Norfolk churches; AGM Report.


No 27 Spring 2014.

Old Nags Head, Holme Hale; Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey; Norwich's Hidden Industrial Past; Suburban villas in Georgian Norwich; St Andrews Asylum; Braodland Council/English Heritage Survey of 'Buildings at Risk'. Restoration of Hacton Cruck, Herefordshire; Recording and interpreting two houses named Elm; Angel Roofs; Durn doors.

No 28 Autumn 2014
n Hall; Sloley: two cottages and St Bartholomew's church; Three Grand Churches; Walsingham - documentary research methods; Wensum Lodge and King Street; Summer Party at Four Seasons, Forncett St Mary; Walk round Hidden Industrial Norwich; Thompson: College Farmhouse and St Martin's Church. 

No 29 Spring 2015
Miss Savage Moves Her Home; St Catherine's Hill, Norwich; Medieval East-Anglian Market Towns; Medieval Wall paintings in English Churches; Work of Norwich Historic Churches Trust; Restoring a flint-built building; Second World War anti-invasion defences in Norfolk; NHBG Buildings Archive- a guide to its use; notes on thatching; The Rookery, Rochester, Staffs - an example of a grand Boulton & Paul building.

No 30 Autumn 2015 
History of Swimming Pools; Ware Hall House; Summer Party and report on St Mary's Farmhouse Tacolneston; Stained glass in Three Norfolk churches; Strangers Hall Norwich; Reepham walkabout and AGM; West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village; Notre Dame School.  


No 31 Spring 2016
Walsingham Journal Launch; Background to Walsingham documentary research; Chapels and meeting houses of Norwich; New College Oxford- hall, buttery and kitchens; Dragon Hall: a medieval trading hall; Members night: bas-reliefs of John Moray-Smith, the rebuilding of Blackfriars, Norwich, Hingham's church through the centuries; Frensham Manor, Rolvenden, Kent; Glaven ports up to 1800; Summer Programme 2016.

o 32 Autumn 2016 
Reports on summer visits: Wiveton Hall & church; Brisley Hall and gathering at Tannery House Worthing; AGM and farewell to retiring chair, Adam Longcroft; Norwich Dissenting chapels; Three Waveney Churches the Victorians largely missed; Diss Marketplace; Introduction to Limestone with Stonemasons Guild of St Stephen and St George; reviews of Little Walsingham Journal & buildings visited. 

No 33 Spring 2017
Report on Winter Lectures: Terraced Housing in Norwich by David Bussey; Historic Decorative Plaster by Simon Willcox; Norfolk’s Rood Screens in their national and regional context by Lucy Wrapson; Baltic Timber Marks 1700-1850 by Lee Prosser. Members evening: Church Benchends and some regional differences by Ian Hinton; Future NHBG project on Boulton and Paul Buildings by Brendan Chester-Kadwell; Excavations at All Saints, Bircham Newton by Steve Hickling. Building Recorder Training Sessions by Ian Hinton. Bessingham: a brief account of the buildings by Jonathan Spurrell. Summer Programme 2017. 

No 34 Autumn 2017 
Winter Programme 2017/2018; Report on 2017 summer visits: Walsingham; Thetford Town Walk; Aylsham Town Walk; Shropham Hall; North Elmham & Brisley Church & North Elmham Bishop’s chapel; Yarmouth Road, Norwich. Research: Fairbanks House, Dedham Mass USA and a comparison with carpentry in New Buckenham area; Building Recording Training Session 3; Undercroft of Holman House, Alysham; Report on Boulton & Paul project. Buildings visited.


No 35 Spring 2018

Synopsis of Winter Lectures: Jess Johnston Doorways to the past: recent discoveries in the historic centre of Diss; Maria Jordan: The furnished interior- caring for historic textiles; Sarah Pearson: The Big House and the Church; Gordon Taylor: Curvilinear Gables; Members night: Adam Longcroft: Reflections on a career researching Vernacular Architecture in Norfolk; Susan and Michael Brown: The Fairbanks’ House, Dedham, Mass; Karen Mackie: How I caught Cotmania; Ian Hinton: Three Thorpe St Andrews churches; William and Maggie Vaughan-Lewis: Aylsham documentary update; Current NHBG Research: Ian Hinton and Di Barr: Boulton and Paul buildings; Buildings of Hempnall; The church aisles and low side windows of Norfolk. Undercroft at 23 Castle Meadow. Buildings visited since August 2017. Report on VAG Winter Conference: the vernacular architecture of the long C18. 

No 36 Autumn 2018

Summer Events 2018: Hall Farm, Ketteringham & St Peter’s church; Northwold Manor restoration and St Andrew’s church; Church Day - Shelton, Fritton & Bedingham; King’s Lynn Walk; Heath Farmhouse, Fakenham and Summer Party; Neatishead Radar Museum and Nuclear Bunker; AGM Report. Lincoln Lane Farm, Sixhills (meeting with RUBL). Buildings surveyed since March 2018. More notes on thatching. Mills and Marshes Project. Winter Programme 2018/19. 

No 37 Spring 2019 

Winter 2018/19 talks. Frances & Michael Holmes the Old Courts and Yards of Norwich; David Bussey Building a Modern City: the work of Edward & Edward Thomas Boardman; Ian McKechnie The Development of Sash Windows; Jenne Pape The Sixhills Project- Lincoln Lane Farm; Ian Hinton Church Houses; Susan and Michael Brown 1 & 3-5 Castle Street, Thetford; Brian Ayers Martin, Mathew and a putative lost market; Rosemary Forrest Report on VAG Winter Conference 2019; VAG Conference 2021; Digest of buildings visited.  

No 38 Autumn 2019

Summer visits. Ruth Pearson Four churches in West Norfolk; Maggy Chatterley Discover Building Stones; Sur Rawlings Yarmouth Old Town Walk; Hilary Newby-Grant Bungay Town Walk; Owen Warnock Dysons Farm and Summer Party; Lynne Hodge The Priory Magdalen and Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen church; Buildings visited; Update for local residents of Hempnall study; 2019 AGM Report; Planning for VAG Conference 2021. 


        No 39: Spring 2020.

Winter lectures 2019-2020. Tim Howson : Georgian Cottages in the Maldon District, Essex; Philip Venning Old Buildings: Myths, Mistakes and Oddities; Mark Gardiner Before the Earliest Standing Timber Buildings: Archaeological Evidence for Vernacular Houses from C10 to C12; Alan Metters Men (and some Women)of Property in Early-modern Kings Lynn; Borin Van Loon Ghost Signs: Traces of Lost Businesses; Members Evening: Ian Hinton Telling the Time on Churches; Jess Johnson Historic Alterations or C20 restoration?; Di Barr Boulton & Paul Project Update. VAG Conferences. Buildings visited since August 2019. Instructions for Access to NHBG Archive Data.

No 40: Summer 2020 Twentieth Anniversary Issue.

AGM information including Accounts for 2019-2020. Twenty years of summer visits to 73 buildings. Activities over 20 years including recording buildings. Seven NHBG Journals published. Dendrochronology in Norfolk. Notes of two summer visits cancelled because of Covid 19: Wangford Hall – notes from Clive Baker who lead SPAG tour of the house in 2019; Church Day to Salle, Guestwick, Booton & Brandiston notes from Dominic Summers and Ian Hinton.

No 41: Autumn 2020

Information about Winter lectures 2020-2021. The Old Vicarage, Hempstead: a detective story by Ian Hinton; Digest of buildings visited since September 2019;Howard House, Norwich revisited by Mary Ash; Tracing the history of a house using documents.

No 42: Spring 2021

Winter lectures: Mary Ash: Burnt bricks: a different kind of building material; Ian Hinton: Three Surprising Houses in Hempnall; Chris King: The Merchant Houses of Norwich 1350- 1660; Helen Lunnon: church porches and their mediaeval function; James Wright: Great Houses in the reign of Hennry V1; Ian Hinton: The Great Rebuilding: do NHBG survey results support the theory? John Walker on Hall Farm Barn, Hemsby. Digest of Buildings visited since August 2020. 


No 43: Summer 2021

Notice of AGM, agenda, minutes from 2019 AGM, Accounts and Independent examiner’s report. Lock down activities: Colin King and Ian Hinton: Painting in Friday Cottage, Little Walsingham. Anne Woollett The Cardinals Hat Reepham. Reports of talks: Anna Forrest: Underfloor Archaeology at Oxburgh Hall; Ian Hinton: Revisiting Krons Manor, Hempnall; James Wright: The myth of ships timbers in historic buildings. Karen Kelly The Estates of Walsingham Priory. Church low side windows study: returning to this study- a report by Ian Hinton.

No 44 Autumn 2021

Report of AGM. Report of lecture: Ian Hinton on Lime Tree and Poacher’s Cottages Hempnall; Terry George The Undercrofts of Norwich. Anne Woollett Wealden Houses in Norfolk; Susan and Michael Brown: Some details of the Wealden Houses in Norfolk. Ian Hinton Underfloor Archaeology (2) Ketteringham Hall Farm; Adam Menuge The Fox, Garboldisham; Underfloor Archaeology (3) Ian Hinton and Colin King: Friday Cottage Little Walsingham. Susan and Michael Brown: Bishop Bonner’s Cottage, Dereham. Digest of houses visited since March 2021

No 45: Spring 2022

Summer Programme 2022. Lectures: The mills of the Broadland Marshes: Alison Yardy; The work of George Skipper: David Bussey; A tour of Norwich Guildhall: Richard Matthews; The development of the medieval Church and church buildings in Norfolk: Ian Hinton; The Loddon Parish Study: A community project: Jan Bensley; Some houses of Norwich Cathedral Close: Anne Woollett; Medieval houses in the Maldon District: Tim Howson. Update on Hempnall dendro sampling. A summary of Poor Relief through the ages: Ian Hinton. Digest of buildings visited since August 2021. 

No 46: Autumn 2022. 

Winter Programme 2022-23. Report of AGM, July 2022. Lecture: South Norfolk Homestead Moats by Owen Warnock. Reports of Summer Visits: Pump Farm Bunwell by Nigel Gilham; The Old Rectory Fritton by Lynne Hodge; Mileham Village Walk by Anne Woollett; Church Day by Dominic Summers & Ian Hinton; NHBG Research: Timber Dating in Hempnall by Ian Hinton; The Bishop’s Palace, Norwich by Anne Woollett; Slate roofs at St Andrews, Kirby Bedon by Tim Holt-Wlson and Ian Hinton. Digest of Buildings Visited. An unusual chimney (and roof) construction in France by Ian Hinton.


No 47: Spring 2023 

Summer 2023 events and booking information. Winter lectures: Pete Goodrum Jarrolds- 250 years and counting; Jane Chittenden How gas changed Norwich’s fortunes- from boom to bust and back again; ic Morgan The Ups and Downs of Elm Hill (1450-2020); Anna Kettle The Craft Trade of Pargeting: an overview; Sarah Pearson Riddlesworth: the development and decline of a Norfolk estate; Gillian Gallagher The Landscape of River Crossings: a spatial analysis; Ian Hinton The Greens and Farmhouses of North Pulham. NHBG Research: Ian Hinton Oxygen Isotope Analysis of a timber from Friday Cottage, Walsingham; Anne Woollett 14a The Close, Norwich. Reports on Summer Visit to Wangford Hall and VAG Winter Conference. Digest of Buildings visited since August 2022. Available to non-members Spring 2024.

No 48: Autumn 2023

Contents. Reports of meetings and visits: Stuart Burgess: Elizabethan House- a new perspective; Anne Woollett: Cavick House Wymondham; Jess Johnson & Les Scott: The Thatch, Attleborough; Hannah and Ben Nairn introduced Mardle Hall, Tivetshall; Maggy Chatterley: Litcham, Manor Farmhouse & All Saints Church; Ian Hinton: Church Building Programmes cut short by The Reformation; Owen Warnock: Billingford Mill. Reports of Research. Ian Hinton: Timber dating in Hempnall; Ian Hinton & Lynne Hodge: ‘Interesting’ carpenters’ marks at Elm Tree Farm, Pulham; Buildings visited since March 2023.Available to non-members Autumn 2024.