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:

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Diane Barr has put together information about documents used to research the history of a building, most recently a piece about Land Tax Assessment. See the Sources page

Research and Publications

Boulton and Paul (B&P) Buildings.  

B&P manufactured a range of buildings for about a hundred years from the 1860s. They were produced in Norwich in small sections to be transported all over the British Isles and abroad.

NHBG is examining the buildings in Norfolk produced by Boulton and Paul. The Documentary Research Group are in the process of sifting through the 132 boxes kept at the Norfolk Record Office. These contain the Boulton and Paul archives and Jim Colman's papers as company archivist. Most boxes have been examined and the contents recorded. The group are now photographing pages from the over 100 catalogues, which are revealing a wide range of buildings including, residences, village halls, boathouses, revolving shelters, churches and hospitals. The next step will be identifying and recording buildings in Norfolk which are still standing.  

The Village Hall in Poringland - soon to be demolished (top left) and former school building at Deopham (top right), St Felix Chapel Babingley (photo bottom left by Ricky Hetherington). 
 Recent work in the Archives has found gates designed by Boulton and Paul- including those for Eaton Park (bottom right). 

For more information see featured event. Members who are interested in getting involved in the project please contact 

Little Walsingham. 
Volume 6 of NHBG Journal which explores the North Norfolk Pilgrimage Centre of Little Walsingham was published in 2015. 


Ian Hinton gave a talk to NNAS (Norfolk and Norwich Archaelogical Society) about Walsingham Project on Saturday November 4th. For more information go to  NNAS site. 


NHBG is revisiting some of the houses it examined in Hempnall some years ago to undertake a measured survey. It is often the minute details of a property (such as a specific peghole or a particular timber) which can reveal a property's hidden earlier history. Many of the houses appear to have been built in the early seventeenth century appearing to confirm Hoskin's 1953 proposal of "The Great Rebuilding" of houses nationwide in the period between 1575 and 1625. Some Hempnall houses- 


NHBG lectures, activities and visits 

The 2019-2020 winter lecture programme has now come to an end. Information about Summer 2020 events will be posted to members by the end of March. Summer events are open only to members. To find out more about NHBG, become a member and find out about the summer events 
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For information about the lectures in this and previous seasons and the new venue go to Events

Summer Visits 2019.
These included: a Churches Day starting at Beachamwell, a day exploring the stones used in Norfolk’s churches, starting at Halvergate church, a walk round the walls of Great Yarmouth; and around Bungay with a local historian prior to lunch and AGM, a visit to a C16 timber house and party and a visit to a house thought to be started in about 1500 and the church next door.

Photos from two of 2019 summer visits.
Discovering building stones: getting close to stonework at Wickhampton church, very close at Reedham. Quern stone amidst the flint at Halvergate church. 


NHBG members at Barton Bendish churches, May 2019. 



There are lots of photos of NHBG 2018 churches visit on the NHBG facebook group- press on facebook icon at top left of this page. We visited Shelton, Bedingham and Fritton St Catherine.

2017 summer visits included a meeting with Lincolnshire Group at Walsingham (left) and Walk round Thetford (right). 


2016 summer visits included Wiveton Hall dated 1652/3 and greatly extended in 1908 by the architect Sir Guy Dawber, Brisley Hall a complex building with two stair towers and inserted corridors and a ceiling probably brought from another house and Norwich stonemason's guild.   


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

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