Norfolk Parish Treasures: Breckland & South Norfolk

NORFOLK PARISH TREASURES: Breckland and South Norfolk
Peter Tolhurst

Previous guides to Norfolk have been concerned primarily with the county’s rich architectural heritage. There are medieval churches and country houses here 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 and deserted villages, salutes the artistic achievements of Cotman and John Piper, the inspiration of Blo’ Norton Hall for Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Wordsworth’s time at Forncett Rectory.

But what is a Parish Treasure? Few could argue with Oxborough Hall or Caister St Edmunds, East Wretham Heath or Wayland Wood, but what of those local features – the VR post box, the milestone and pub sign, the ancient oak, the green lane and patch of wayside flowers? These fragile monuments to a lost world are an equally important part of our collective inheritance. Norfolk Parish Treasures is also a glorious salvage operation; a gathering together of the most beautiful artefacts – Iron Age chariot pieces and gold torcs, Roman figurines and drinking cups, Saxon brooches and pilgrim badges – from our distant past. 

Following the success of North and West Norfolk in 2014 Breckland and South Norfolk was published in October 2015. Ambitious in scope with an entry for every parish, sumptuously illustrated and packed with fascinating information, this second volume in the series is a unique work of reference, a cabinet of curiosities and a celebration of the county’s enduring attraction ready to take its place alongside Wilhelmine Harrod’s Norfolk Shell Guide and Pevsner’s Norfolk.

360 pages
800 colour and 200 black & white photos

Softback Price £20 
ISBN 978 0 9565672 8 4
Hardback Price £25 
ISBN 978 0 9565672 9 1
Available UK only