600 Paston Footprints Project

‘600 Paston Footprints Project’.

Edward Paston was lord of the Manor of Blofield in the 16th century and his manor house stood on rising ground on the road towards Brundall.

A poet, linguist and musician he amassed a large collection of the music of William Byrd. He also remodelled Thorpe Hall and rebuilt it as a fine Elizabethan Hall.

Blofield Church, where he is buried, has a fine memorial to him, his wife and their 9 children. The Paston family is famous for the writing of over 1,000 domestic letters which give us important insights into life in Norfolk during the entire 15th century

This year is the 600th anniversary of the writing of the first of these world-famous medieval letters

Excitingly a national lottery grant of £374,000 has been awarded to the ‘600 Paston Footprints Project’.

Over a 3 year period this money will help Blofield and 10 other key centres in Norfolk, which have a Paston connection, to stage events and concerts, to involve local schools and to create maps and heritage trails all on a Paston theme. Blofield is an important part of this project.

So please watch this space as Blofield will be helped to put on Paston themed events during this year and throughout 2019. Our first major event this year will be in Blofield Church on Sunday December 9th at 3pm when ‘Hexachordia’ will perform their atmospheric concert “A Medieval Christmas.”

If anyone would like to know more about the project or would like to be involved in any way please contact Barbara Pilch.

The other hubs involved are Paston, Bacton, North Walsham, Gresham, Mannington, Oxnead, Hellesdon, Mautby/Caister, Norwich and Dereham.