NORFOLK PARISH TREASURES: Mid-Norfolk & The Broads
'Another triumph, absolutely fascinating, and inspiration for at least a dozen paintings!' Gerard Stamp
There are medieval churches and country houses in abundance but Norfolk Parish Treasures is a more wide ranging celebration of creative endeavour and local identity. The author speculates on the origin of place names, folk tales and ancient earthworks; he explores rare wildlife sites, ruined churches and deserted villages, salutes the artistic achievements of Cotman and John Piper, the inspiration of St Benet’s Abbey for Norwich School artists and the importance of place for Virginia Woolf at Blo’ Norton Hall and in the novels of LP Hartley.
But what is a Parish Treasure? Few could argue with Blickling Hall or Hickling Broad but what of those local features – the VR post box and milestone, the ancient oak and green lane? These fragile remnants of a lost world are an equally important part of our heritage. Norfolk Parish Treasures is also a glorious salvage operation; a collection of the most beautiful artefacts – Iron Age chariot pieces, Roman drinking cups and Saxon brooches – from our distant past.
Following the success of North and West Norfolk (2014) and Breckland and South Norfolk (2015), Mid Norfolk and The Broads is the last in the Parish Treasures series. Ambitious in scope, sumptuously illustrated and packed with fascinating information this cabinet of curiosities is a celebration of the county’s enduring attraction ready to take its place alongside the Norfolk Shell Guide and Pevsner’s Norfolk.
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