Archive of past events

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 “press releases” and accompanying pictures covering talks/events from the six months or so before we had to suspend our meetings because of the Covid pandemic. Also below is information on the annual excursion which too place on 25th August.:-

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 will talk on “The Cambridge Spies and their local connections” on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

Simon will explore the fascinating history of Norfolk, spies and traitors. His illustrated talk will begin 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 will expose 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 resumes 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 will examine the local history of North Sea surges.Many members will recall 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.Whilst time and tide conditions mean that Nature will not be providing an appropriately dramatic backdrop, we can be sure of a very interesting evening.

December 2019

As is traditional, the December meeting takes the form of a social event for members and their guests.
It will take place at the North Norfolk Railway Station, Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA.
The NNR buffet has been booked for Wednesday 4th December between 2pm and 4pm.

The NNR will give us exclusive use of the seated area of the buffet and will provide us with a selection of freshly prepared hot and cold snacks also teas, coffees etc.

We’ve been promised that the buffet will have suitably festive decorations!
We hope that this informal gathering will allow you to enjoy the occasion whilst also being able to mingle and chat with friends.

The event will cost £10 per head and, of course, guests will be welcome to join you.
It would be very helpful if you could let Nick know as soon as possible if you will attend so as to help with

November 2019-Roger Richardson “History of the Sheringham Fire and Rescue Service”

The Sheringham History Group is back at the Sheringham Museum on the seafront for  the 6th November meeting.  Roger Richardson will talk 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 will also discuss 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 brings 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”.
If you would like a glimpse of the reality behind this picture, do come along to Sheringham Little Theatre on Wednesday October 2nd when professional Norfolk historian Neil Storey will be presenting his talk on “North Norfolk at War”. With the declaration of war 80 years ago on 3/09/39, only 21 years after the previous “war to end all wars”, Neil will discuss 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 will be covered.
Neil gave us an excellent talk last year on Norfolk at the end of WW1, and this coming event promises to be equally enthralling

September 2019-Dave King “50 Years of the North Norfolk Railway”

Dave King will talk on 50 years of the North Norfolk Railway on Wednesday September 4th 2019.

July 2019-History Group trip to Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

As usual, our July meeting will be a visit to a local place of interest and this year we have arranged a visit to the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History on Wednesday 3rd July at 11am.

The Museum charges an entrance fee is £5 per person for a group visit which is  payable on arrival.

Non-members are very welcome to come along.

The museum has a website which is a little out of date

June 2019-Father Denys Lloyd “The Catholic Church in Sheringham”

On June 5th the Sheringham History Group will have the latest of a series on the background of the various churches in the town.

Father Denys Lloyd will tell us of the development of the Catholic Church in Sheringham, culminating in the consecration in 1936 of the Gilbert Giles Scott designed St. Joseph’s Church, which remains the town’s only listed building. A tour of the interior, described as “a treasure trove of early 20th century art”, will follow.

May 2019-John Balls “Norfolk and the Titanic Sinking”

John Balls is a Cambridge Graduate who was Head of English in a large Comprehensive School. He founded the ‘Norfolk Titanic Association’ in 1996, and it remains a lively and well-supported group of enthusiasts.

He has written two books on the ‘Titanic’ – ‘Titanic – the Norfolk Survivors’, and ‘Lucky for Some – Titanic’s Lifeboat 13’.

He has also contributed articles to the magazines of a number of ‘Titanic’ Societies. John has given ‘Titanic’ talks in Belfast, Italy, the USA and Canada, and is speaker in schools, basing his talk on the story of Ruth Becker, aged 12, a passenger in Lifeboat 13.

His main area of research involves the stories of five people from Norfolk who survived the sinking in April, 1912. Their stories add a very human touch to this iconic global tragedy.

April 2019-Russell Yeomans “ The Gunton Park water powered sawmill”
Gunton water powered sawmill

The Sheringham History Group meeting on April 3rd will be given by Russell Yeomans on the topic of the Gunton Park water powered sawmill.

Featuring on national TV in both drama and documentaries, the story will run from initial building and operations of the mill in 1824, through decline, followed by restoration from 1988 onwards as a working history museum
A highlight of Russell’s talk will be his description of the part the mill played in producing the detailed wooden carriage for the Mo museum cannon.