Blue plaque commemorating the first bomb dropped on Britain in World War 1 which was dropped on Sheringham
Blue plaque commemorating the first bomb dropped on Britain in World War 1

For a taste of the topics we cover, take a look at the outlines and accompanying pictures covering most of our most recent talks/events. :-

November 2021

Sheringham Park: 200 years as a working estate-Marcus Lawton

Marcus talked about 200 years of Sheringham Park as a working estate.

Behind the public face of Sheringham Park there is a working estate, just as there has been for well over 200 years. The talk takes the form of an illustrated “walk” around the estate, looking at the clues demonstrating changes in land use over this period.

October 2021

“Notorious Norfolk Murders”-Neil Storey

Award winning historian Neil R. Storey gave a talk entitled “Notorious Norfolk Murders” at Sheringham Little Theatre.

This is was a darkly fascinating, illustrated, talk exploring the murders and dark deeds of Norfolk past including once infamous cases such as the Norwich Dumpling Poisoner, the the Burnham sickness, the Yarmouth Beach Murder, the Weybourne trunk murderer and the curious Sheringham connection with the last executions in the county. Neil is the author of ‘The Grim Almanac of Norfolk’, ‘Hanged at Norwich’ and ‘Norfolk Murders’.
This was a night of stories of nefarious individuals, crimes of passion and downright rotten rogues.

September 2021

Sheringham Museum
Sheringham Museum
The story of Sheringham Museum

Lisa Little reviewed how the Museum came into being, a story featuring people well known to many of our members. From small beginnings in a back lane off Station Road to the present building, the story will be continued with an outline of plans for the coming year.

The talk was followed by a short SHG AGM.

August 2021

The water powered saw mill at Gunton Park
The water powered saw mill at Gunton Park

Our meetings resumed after the Covid restrictions were largely lifted with the annual Sheringham History Group excursion. This took place on Wednesday, August 25th. This was a two part event, with visits in both the morning and afternoon. Gunton Park Sawmill, the only water powered sawmill in North Norfolk, was visited in the morning. In the afternoon there was a visit to the Aylsham Roman Pottery Project. This provided the chance to view the excavations of the ARP with the chance to see work being undertaken on the diggings.

Peter Purdy explaining the current year's activities
Peter Purdy explaining the current year’s activities
Part of the group that visited the Roman Project
Part of the group that visited the Roman Project

March 2020

Simon Kinder spoke on “The Cambridge Spies and their local connections” on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

Simon explored the fascinating history of Norfolk, spies and traitors. His illustrated talk began in the Elizabethan era, visit the Napoleonic Wars before exploring Norfolk’s spies, imagined, alleged and real, during the First and Second World Wars. Finally he exposed how Gresham’s School in Holt became involved in one of the most daring and successful pieces of espionage ever, the Cambridge and Oxford Spy Rings recruited to serve the USSR.

February 2020

Sheringham History Group resumed its talks programme following the New Year break with a presentation by David Stannard entitled “Spoyl’d by the Rage of the Sea” in which David examined the local history of North Sea surges. Many members recalled the storms of 2013 and perhaps 1953, but events dating back into the Medieval period and their effects on the geography of the Norfolk coastline will feature.

December 2019

As is traditional, the December meeting took the form of a social event for members and their guests.
It took place at the North Norfolk Railway Station, Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA.

November 2019

Roger Richardson “History of the Sheringham Fire and Rescue Service”

Roger Richardson spoke about the history of the Sheringham Fire and Rescue Service. Roger is the latest of the five generations of his family who have served in the local Fire and Rescue service. Roger also discussed some of the many changes that have occurred over the years, culminating in the move to the new emergency services station on the Cromer Road.

October 2019


Neil Storey “North Norfolk at War 1939”

September brought the hugely popular “1940’s Weekend” to Sheringham with civil and military vehicles, music , food, steam hauled trains and visitors encouraged to dress up in styles from the period to be “transported back in time”.
A glimpse of the reality behind this picture was provided when professional Norfolk historian Neil Storey presented his talk on “North Norfolk at War” at the Sheringham Little Theatre. With the declaration of war 80 years ago on 3/09/39, only 21 years after the previous “war to end all wars”, Neil discussed how Sheringham and North Norfolk were transformed into a fortified barrier to resist probable Nazi invasion. The effects locally of call-ups, rationing, establishment of Home Guard units and the ever present gas masks were covered.