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n July 1st 1916, Private Thomas Chambers wrote a final short entry in the diary he was keeping in war-torn northern France. He usually updated his diary at the end of the day, but there was something special about this Saturday morning. Or maybe he had a sense of foreboding, as he wrote simply “left for trenches at 2am.” He was was only 17, and within a few hours would be one of the 19,240 British soldiers killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The centenary of the battle this month is hardly cause for celebration, but it’s certainly a time for reflection – especially as the shattering impact, terrible cost and awful legacy of armed conflict is still very much us today. It’s something Chris Rolfe can certainly appreciate. Last month, the young man from Crimplesham cycled over 300 miles through the old battlefields of the First World War, raising over £4,000 for Help the Heroes. You can read more about his story on page 50 of this month’s magazine. On a lighter note, July is festival season; and if you’re still hungry for culture after the many varied delights of the King’s Lynn Festival (which we previewed last month and starts on July 17th), you’ll need to make your way to Holt at the end of the month. Although only in its eighth year, there’s something very special about the Holt Festival, multi-disciplined event that manages to attract such luminaries as Sir John Hurt, Gyles Brandreth, Julie Christie, Joanna Trollope and Jenny Eclair to a small Georgian town in on the north Norfolk coast. You can read more about it on page 8. Enjoy the summer, enjoy the magazine, and we’ll see you again next month. KL MAGAZINE

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6-13 WHAT’S ON This month’s diary of forthcoming events

56-61 FASHION The latest looks from our local boutiques

8-10 HOLT FESTIVAL 2016 A preview of this year’s star-studded event

64-66 BAGS AND BAGS OF STYLE... A look at Tina Guillory’s Carrier Company

14 CELEBRATING A SUMMER OF SPORT Inspirational holiday fun with Alive Leisure

68-83 FOOD AND DRINK Reviews, recipes and recommendations

16-18 LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT... King’s Lynn turns back the clock to the 1940s

74 RESTAURANT REVIEW Palmers Ale House & Kitchen, Long Sutton

22-24 IN LYNN OR NOT IN LYNN? Did Shakespeare perform in King’s Lynn?

78-80 THE NEW SPIRIT OF NORFOLK Enjoying a taste of Wild Knight English Vodka

28-30 DIGGING UP HISTORY One era’s rubbish is another era’s treasure

86-88 THE RISE AND RISE OF THE BAGGES Paul Richards looks at the local family’s story

34-36 A TALE OF TWO TOWERS... Tracing the story of Wymondham Abbey

92-94 USING ART TO SEE THE WORLD... The remarkable story of Monica Williams

40 THEN & NOW The changing face of West Norfolk

96-98 SETTING THE STAGE... Behind the scenes at the Corn Exchange

42-44 RAF BIRCHAM NEWTON Preserving the heritage of the local station

100 SAMARITANS Meeting new Branch Director Gill Sale

48 YOU AND YOUR PETS With local vet Alex Dallas

102-104 ARTISTRY WITH ETHICS... A renaissance of local arts and crafts in Holt

50-52 THE BIG BATTLEFIELD RIDE Chris Rolfe cycles through the Somme

114 MICHAEL MIDDLETON They think it’s all over... and it really is now!



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40 YEARS AGO: On July 1st 1976, the very first Apple computer went on sale for $666. Buyers had to provide (or build) their own case, power supply, keyboard, display and cassette recorder for storage. Around 200 were built, and 175 of them were sold.

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ST. ANDREWS METHODIST CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL St. Andrews Methodist Church, Sheringham NR26 8SA (10am - 5pm, Sun 12noon - 4 pm) St Andrew’s Flower Festival has been running annually for over 40 years now and is yet again set to be an exciting major event for both the church and the town, attracting over 3000 visitors. Each year the flower arrangers design their floral displays to a specific theme with exceptional attention to detail and creativity. This year’s theme is “I AM” and over 25 arrangements will depict this theme. Along with the stunning floral displays you will also find stalls, refreshments (including light lunches), background music, children’s area, and a prayer space. Admission to the festival is free but a donation is gratefully accepted. Proceeds from the festival go to the church funds but each year a sizeable donation is given to a local charity, this year is the Nook Appeal for EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospice). For further details about the festival plus added information on St. Andrews Church in general, please visit the website

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MUSIC FOR A SUMMER AFTERNOON CONCERT St Peter and St Paul Church, Swaffham PE37 7AB (3pm) Sit back and enjoy classical music at its best at St Peter and St Paul church in Swaffham. The afternoon of delightful music will feature Jan Kaznowski on Violin, Brian Davis on Harp and Bryan Ellum on Organ/Piano, including works by Bach, Vaughan-Williams and Saint Saens. Admission is £10 including light refreshments. Tickets are available to buy from Ceres Bookshop, on London Street in Swaffham, or at the door. All proceeds to St Peter and St Paul church. For more information about the event please visit the website KLmagazine July 2016

Sunday 31st THE ANNUAL BIKE FOR BRIAN CHARITY EVENT The Angel, Watlington, King’s Lynn, PE33 0HA (10:30am) Building on last year’s record turn out of over 150 people, the Angel are set to host their fantastic sponsored bike ride this July in aid of Motor Neurone Disease and in honour of Brian Smith, a keen cyclist and fundraiser. This year’s bike ride will leave from the Angel public house in Watlington, pass through the villages of Magdalen, Stow Bridge and Runcton Holme before returning to the Angel. Entry is £5, which includes a t-shirt and a hot dog/burger. For more information contact the Angel on 01553 811326. ‘St. Ives from a balcony’ by Ann Froshaug

Sat 23rd July - Sat 6th August WEST NORFOLK ARTISTS ASSOCIATION  SUMMER FESTIVAL EXHIBITION St. Nicholas Chapel, St Ann's Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1NH (Open daily, except Mondays, from 10:30-4pm) The WNAA are delighted to welcome visitors back to St. Nicholas Chapel for their 15th Summer Festival Exhibition. As ever, there will be an exciting variety of artwork on display, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs and things which might surprise you! As part of our exhibition this year we are welcoming the young pupils of West Winch Primary School to display their artwork. This is a “must see” event of this year’s Festival. For further information please contact Chairman John Walker on 01485 520590 or visit the website:



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“I saw a poster for Mission Impossible III the other day. I thought: that’s not impossible. He’s already done it twice.” ABOVE: The brilliant English comedian and novelist Mark Watson is just one of the famous faces gracing this year’s Holt Festival, which also brings talents such as violin duo Retorica (opposite top), best-selling author Joanna Trollope (opposite below left)and forensic mindreader Colin Cloud (opposite below right) to the Georgian town later this month

A world of world-class culture comes to Holt... The eighth Holt Festival returns to north Norfolk later this month, showcasing a wealth of famous names from the worlds of music, drama, literature and art. KL magazine looks at what’s in store.


or eight days at the end of this month, the picturesque Georgian town of Holt will host an award winning, multiarts, international festival that brings together an outstanding mix of theatre, music, comedy, literature, children’s and visual art events. Now in its eighth year, the Holt Festival features a wealth of talent, and is testament to Artistic Director Charles Pugh’s devotion to scouring the artistic world for performers who are exciting, interesting, challenging – and always entertaining. “This year the list of famous artists


appearing at the Holt Festival has grown even longer,” he says. “It includes everyone from Gyles Brandreth and Julie Christie to Joanna Trollope and Jenny Eclair, but fame isn’t the only kite mark of excellence. Diamonds shine very brightly in this year’s programme, with some names to look out for in the future. Believe me, they won’t disappoint.” On the stage, you can look forward to a preview of Bucket Club’s new watery tale Fossils (which includes an extinct fish, a missing father and the Loch Ness Monster) before it heads to the Edinburgh Fringe next month and

renowned actress Olivia Poulet’s outstanding interpretation of Mark Ravenhill’s Product, which has received rave reviews in Edinburgh and London. And don’t miss forensic mindreader Colin Cloud, who’s been described as potentially the most dangerous man in the world and the closest thing in the universe to a real life Sherlock Holmes. He can deduce everything about everyone and extract information from the deepest recesses of his subjects’ minds. If you’re looking for a good laugh, the Holt Festival 2016 won’t disappoint, featuring Mark Watson (one of the

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country’s finest comedians) with his brilliant new show I’m Not Here, former MP and TV regular Gyles Brandreth with his five-star smash Word Power and Jenny Eclair’s hilarious How to be a Middle Aged Woman. And don’t miss Norfolk’s own TV legend Helen McDermott (she almost represented the UK at Eurovision in the 1970s) teaming up with Adrian Wright for a romp through some lesser-known Noel Coward songs. Talking of music, this year’s Holt Festival has something for all tastes. In addition to the delights of Dire Straits’ founder John Illsey, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and The Searchers, music fans can look forward to a rare seated concert from Norfolk roots rockers The Vagaband. On the classical side, the stunning violin duo Retorica are one of the most acclaimed chamber groups in the country, and they’ll be performing pieces by Bach, Telemann, Mozart and Prokofiev. There’s also the first ever UK concert outside London from Polish pianist Mariola Cieniawa and a special performance by Adam Westcott, the Devon-born protégé of (and worthy successor to) flamenco guitar legend Manitas de Plata. Over the past seven years, talks and literature events have become an important and popular aspect of the Holt Festival, and this year’s event brings together a treasure trove of experts discussing their recent work. Award winning journalist Kate Adie will be talking about her latest book examining the role of women in WWI, while Polar historian Michael Smith presents an illustrated talk based on his book on the explorer Ernest Shackleton, celebrating the centenary of Antarctic expedition. Best-selling author Joanna Trollope will be discussing love and marriage with Charles Pugh, and historian and archaelogist Neil Faulkner will be explaining why he sees Lawrence of Arabia as a seminal practitioner and theorist of modern guerrilla warfare . And following her surprise cameo last year, actress Julie Christie will be returning to Holt, reading poems from Poems That Make Women Cry, the new collection by father and son team Anthony and Ben Holden. The world of visual arts is another facet of the Holt Festival that’s growing in stature. Sir John Hurt will announce the winner of the annual Holt Art Prize on 24th, and the shortlisted entries will feature in a special exhibition at the Auden Theatre throughout Festival week. Many of Holt’s art galleries are taking

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FESTIVAL FACES: Appearing at this year’s Holt Festival are comedians Jenny Eclair (above) and Gyles Brandreth (right, top), international actress and children’s author Nandana Dev Sen (right, centre) and the incomparable Julie Christie (right, bottom)

part in the annual art trail, and the Festival also includes two free art exhibitions, with works drawn from several public and private collections. Munnings Before The Great War features original works by one of East Anglia’s most popular 20th century artists, while The Lure of St Ives hosts paintings, ceramics and sculpture by the many artists who’ve found themselves drawn to the extraordinary light of the Cornish town – from Terry Frost and Barbara Hepworth to Ben Nicholson and Shoji Hamada. There’s also a notable increase in the number of free events for children at the 2016 Holt Festival. Storytelling with Music will enthrall youngsters with stories from countries around the world blended with the sounds of their instruments, while Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Oddly, a brilliant reimagination of the much-loved book by Joyce Dunbar with a magical mix of puppetry, visual tricks, masks and original music. International film actress Nandana Dev Sen will be reading from her new book Kangaroo Kisses, and Stepping into Stories is a swashbuckling and interactive pirate storytelling workshop for young buccaneers aged 6-11 years. And budding actors and actresses shouldn’t miss Sheringham Little


Theatre’s Play in a Day, a one-day workshop to create and rehearse a play to be performed in front of an audience of friends and family in the afternoon. It’s a perfect example of the wideranging appeal of the Holt Festival. “I hope people of all ages will have a wonderful week with us in Holt, enjoying the remarkable programme that Charles Pugh has assembled,” says Adney Payne, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The Holt Festival is only made possible by the support of our fantastic ambassadors, sponsors and friends who provide much-needed funding, and our wonderful volunteers who work on the event throughout the year. We also have to thank Gresham’s School, Holt Parish Church, Holt Community Centre, the Lawns Hotel, the Feathers Hotel and the Holt Bookshop for allowing us once again to use their venues.” The Holt Festival makes a substantial donation to the award-winning Holt Youth Project, one of England’s most imaginative youth schemes. Serving young people across north Norfolk, it prides itself on preventative programmes that allow young people to reach their full potential. This year’s donation will be used to fund Community Music East to work with young people and prepare them for a presentation during Festival week.

HOLT FESTIVAL 2016 The Holt Festival 2016 runs from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st July at various venues and locations around Holt. Full event listings, timings and ticket prices are available on the Festival website at The Festival Box Office can be contacted on 01603 598699

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here are some great sporting activities to keep children entertained this summer holiday at the four Alive Leisure venues, many costing from just £1! For the complete diary of activities see our website but here are just some of the highlights...

ALIVE LYNNSPORT Tel: 01553 818001 At Lynnsport children will love the Holiday Clubs where a fun packed day of sport is guaranteed. Activities vary every day but may include cricket, archery, speed stacking, nerf-guns, dodgeball, football, badminton and tennis. There are also Breakfast clubs, Football fun days and new for 2016 Tennis camps on the new outdoor tennis courts. Other activities throughout the summer include Archery, Indoor Adventure Play, Roller Skating, Mini Camp Chaos, Tumble Teds, Speed Stacking, Climbing, Junior Gymnastics, Cricket, Gladiator Challenge, Badminton and Trampolining.

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ABOVE: The air raid shelters under the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn will be open to the public on July 17th as the town remembers the experiences of people at home during one of the most challenging decades of the 20th century.

King’s Lynn in the 40s: Life on the Homefront King’s Lynn will again be turning back the hands of time later this month to remember one of the most influential decades of the 20th century – and how it affected people’s daily lives...


he 1940s was a decade that defined an era and left an indelible mark on our nation’s hearts and minds. For those on the homefront it meant chilling air raid sirens, noble speeches delivered over crackling wireless radios, and a country united in facing unimaginable loss, the depth of which was matched only by an astonishing resilience and camaraderie. Forties Lynn: Life on the Homefront is a free, one-day event that explores what life was like in wartime for those who stayed at home. The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk invites you to come to King’s Lynn town

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centre on Sunday 17th July and find out about rationing, Dig for Victory, Make Do and Mend, and all the other ways the town’s residents kept the home fires burning during those perilous wartorn years. “This wonderful event was such a success last year that I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring it back for another year,” says Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health. “Life on the homefront is such a fascinating subject, and we’ve planned lots of activities that explore it in a fun and educational way.” The town’s historic Tuesday Market

Place will become a hive of 1940s activity with characters from history, including wartime leader Winston Churchill – while vintage band Timescape will be rekindling memories of the dulcet tones that lifted the spirits of the decade that needed it most. The air raid shelters in the Tuesday Market Place will be open for the public to explore the cave-like passages where families huddled together whilst bombs fell overhead. The lighter side of 1940s life will be captured by a 1940s-inspired tea dance, and don’t worry if you don’t know the steps – Esther from Cactus Promotions will teach you the basics of


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ABOVE: The sights and sounds of the 1940s will be returning to King’s Lynn later this month as the town hosts a series of events and activities from period and military vehicle displays to dances and vintage make-up and fashion tips

the Lindy Hop and Swing Jive ahead of the dance. The market square will also welcome a fantastic collection of period vehicles from the era; from military and civilian cars, jeeps and motorcycles to the humble bicycle. Back by popular demand will be Corporal Jones’ butcher’s van (as featured in the muchloved television series Dad’s Army) and


fans of the programme can try out the props and meet the team from the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford. On Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, a WWII army camp will be setting up, and visitors will be able to talk to enactors for the Royal Norfolk Regiment and learn about wartime life for the military as well. Lynn Museum’s wartime-themed activities will explore how the people of King’s Lynn were affected by war. You can try your hand at making your own plane for the Spitfire Fund, and children will be able to collect their quota of sweet rations from the special wartime store – if they produce their ration books, which will be available for collection from King’s Lynn Town Hall. King’s Lynn Town Hall itself will host a range of costumed characters, giving you the chance to listen to stories of war from an RAF pilot, an evacuation billeting officer, and an ARP (Air Raid Precautions) warden. Visitors to the town hall will also be able to learn about the famous Dig for Victory campaign, and do their bit by planting a bean to take home in their own decorated pot. Despite being a period of austerity, fashion and beauty thrived in the 1940s, and gave rise to a style which remains popular today. Fabric rationing and

wartime solemnity heralded a chic, utilitarian look and gave rise to androgynous, practical slacks. Make-up rationing meant women had to get creative in keeping up their appearances; using gravy browning to tan legs, drawing a line down their calves to mimic seamed stockings, and brightening up their eyes by using charcoal as mascara. Later in the decade, colourful patterns and contrasting trims could be seen embellishing belted dresses up and down the country – always accompanied by Victory rolls and vermillion lips! In celebration of this style – that seemed to be a proclamation of people’s determination not to be beaten by war – everyone is invited to attend Forties Lynn: Life on the Homefront in their best vintage attire. Flamingo Amy’s pop-up salon will be offering hairstyling, make-up tips and mini-makeovers at Lynn Museum. Fashionistas and collectors are sure to find something in the whole host of vintage gems available at the vintage market in the Tuesday Market Place to help them create that perfect retro look. Activities take place throughout the day from 10am-4pm, and all events are free of charge – including free entry into Lynn Museum. For further information and details, please visit the website at

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Holiday lets: the next buy-to-let boom? Summer is made for holidays, but it’s also a great time to look at maximising your tax efficiencies, as Martyn Benstead FCCA and Michael Rowles ACCA of Stephenson Smart explain... ecause of the changes to tax relief on interest payments for buy-to-lets, many people have been left looking for ways to improve the tax efficiency of their investments. For those lucky enough to have rental properties in areas with demand for holiday lets (such as along our beautiful North Norfolk coastline), Furnished Holiday Lets are a highly tax-efficient alternative to buy-to-lets. In order to qualify as a Furnished Holiday Let, a property must be based in the European Economic Area (EEA), be let on a commercial basis with a view to making a profit, be furnished, and meet the following occupation conditions:


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ABOVE: Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel’s mesmerising 2015 version of Macbeth, which will be screened at St. George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn on July 23rd – the same location that may have been visited by Shakespeare himself over 400 years ago

In Lynn or not in Lynn? That is the question... No one has made such a lasting impact on the English language than William Shakespeare. 400 years after the playwright’s death, Paul Richards looks at the possibility of the Bard visiting King’s Lynn


hakespeare needs little or no introduction. He’s widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He invented over 1,700 of our common words, gave us a wealth of everyday phrases from ‘bated breath’ to ‘pomp and circumstance’ and his 37 plays have been translated into every major living language – and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. During 2016 we’re commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, which seems an appropriate time to look at the Bard’s local links.


Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the young Shakespeare migrated to London to pursue his ambitions as a playwright and actor. The sites of ten Elizabethan playhouses have been recorded or excavated in the capital (and The Globe was reconstructed in 1997) but actors sometimes left the capital to tour provincial towns and escape the plague which saw theatres closed as a public health measure. Shakespeare was associated with such itinerant groups and there’s compelling evidence that William appeared in King’s Lynn. An outbreak of plague in the summer of 1592 saw the Earl of Pembroke’s

men (an established troupe of actors) leave London to tour East Anglia, and the company probably reached Norwich first. Their leading actor was Richard Burbage, generally known as the “chief interpreter” of Shakespeare’s greatest dramatic roles. William’s name is definitely connected to this company of players who performed his works – when printed in 1594, several of Shakespeare’s early plays state explicitly that they were performed by Pembroke’s men, including Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew. The scholar Andrew Gurr has shown that Shakespeare himself was

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THE FACE OF SHAKESPEARE Painted between 1600 and 1610, the ‘Chandos’ painting is the most famous portrait that may depict William Shakespeare. It has been claimed the portrait was painted by Shakespeare’s friend Richard Burbage, but the first known reference to it is in a note written 100 years after the latter’s death. The painting is named after the Dukes of Chandos (who formerly owned the painting) and was given to the National Portrait Gallery on its foundation in 1856 – it’s listed as the first work in its collection. Despite extensive research, it has never been possible to determine with certainty who painted the portrait or whether it really depicts Shakespeare.

with them in 1592 and 1593. We owe much to Dr Matthew Woodcock of the University of East Anglia for making the convincing case that Shakespeare was with the Earl of Pembroke’s men in King’s Lynn. In Hall Book 6, the Town Council minutes record the following for the mayoral year 1592-93: “Item bestowed upon the erle of pembrokes players XXs [20 shillings].” There’s no reason to doubt Shakespeare was with them, for he was a company man and would have been needed for performances requiring a large cast, such as both Henry VI plays. Provincial mayors supported travelling companies of actors, as they made English towns more attractive to visitors and boosted business – for example, King’s Lynn was the destination for The Queen’s Men in 1586, 1587, 1588, 1595 and 1596. We know that plays were performed in both Trinity and St George’s Guildhalls, but the latter location served as the town’s theatre in the Tudor and Stuart years. In 1766 an Elizabethan-style playhouse was constructed inside the medieval hall in King Street, and a model made in 1949 from the surviving physical and photographic evidence gives us a good idea of how it looked. The main acting space was a forestage flanked by tiered boxes and covered by a plastered proscenium ceiling supported upon timber posts. It was a theatrical arrangement that would have been similar to that Shakespeare and his company would have used at St George’s Guildhall in 1592. By 1945, this magnificent Grade I listed building was derelict and in danger of demolition before being purchased by Alexander Penrose and restored in time for the first King’s Lynn Festival in 1951. KLmagazine July 2016

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; ey have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages... WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE As You Like It (Act II, Scene vii)



There may be a link between a play performed in St. George’s Guildhall (probably by Pembroke’s men in 1592) and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It was The History of Fryer Francis – a drama in which a woman murders her husband to enjoy the attentions of a younger lover, only to find the dead husband haunting her “in most horrid and fearful guise.” When the play was staged in King’s Lynn a respected local widow in the audience “suddenly shrieked” as the ghost appeared – and looked exactly like her deceased husband. The woman admitted to her astonished companions that she’d poisoned her husband seven years before to be with a young lover. She was duly tried and found guilty of her crime, and Shakespeare is said to have recalled this extraordinary local event when writing the second act of his longest play Hamlet in 1602/03. What would Shakespeare have seen on a walk from St. George’s Guildhall to the Saturday Market Place? The riverside streets of King’s Lynn had been transformed in the 1570s and 80s by the rebuilding of merchant houses and warehouses in brick. In King Street at least two properties had acquired new towers similar to that at Clifton House in Queen Street; behind warehouses and maltings ran to the river Ouse crowded with shipping in the summer. There was a public privy each side of the Purfleet which was an important harbour. It’s tempting to wonder whether Shakespeare visited Clifton House in Queen Street, which is regarded as King’s Lynn’s premier merchant mansion. Its tower was almost certainly


built in the 1570s by George Walden, who traded in corn and wine and watched for his ships from the top. Cut stone taken from King’s Lynn’s closed friary sites can be identified in the Tudor warehouses behind Clifton House. Shakespeare and his friends would surely have accessed the riverside, which then followed the current building line (there was no South Quay until the 1840s!) Research tells us that Marriott’s Warehouse was built in the 1580s to store bagged grain and salt with wine in the cellar. Next door, the Germans had abandoned their Hanse House for London in the 1560s, but they leased it to local merchants until 1751. Just to the south was today’s Hampton Court whose western range was another warehouse against the river; in 1593 ships importing wine from Bordeaux moored at its quay, now in a garden detached from the Ouse. From Nelson Street it was but a short walk to St Margaret’s Church and the Trinity Guildhall with its Tudor portal in the Saturday Market Place. Lynn’s population in 1593 was about 6,500. For Alderman John Spence, the owner of Clifton House in 1600, the Wash port was “a large and populous towne and there is a great resorte of people there both by sea and by land.” That Pembroke’s men and other companies of actors visited the town is beyond doubt – and there’s very good reason to believe William Shakespeare was amongst them. And thereby hangs a tale, a phrase which (you won’t be surprised to learn) comes from As You Like It.

PICTURES: The interior of St. George’s Guildhall today (top) and a 15th century house in King Street being demolished in 1827 (above, top) – Shakespeare would have seen houses like this when he visited the town. Hampton Court (above) was a warehouse by the waterside during this period and this view depicts the western range of the building. Thomas Snelling (below) was a successful merchant in Jacobean King’s Lynn and mayor of the town at one point. He lived at Clifton House and died in 1623.

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ABOVE: Just one of the items recovered by Dr. Tom Licence and his team from the old ash-yard in King’s Lynn last July. The yard was a sorting-point for the town’s rubbish for almost 60 years, and tells us much about patterns of local trade and consumption

A passion for history and a love of rubbish... For the last 30 years, Dr. Tom Licence has been uncovering details of the everyday lives of Victorians through the things they threw away. Richard Parr talks to him about his fascinating work


ne man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure – or at least that’s how the saying goes. What’s found in rubbish sites can very often tell us much about the way our predecessors used to live. Our great-grandparents (the Victorians) are not too distant from us today. We can read about them, see them in old photographs and even live in their homes. If we really want to get close to them we can visit a museum. Alternately, we can always start going through their rubbish. That’s exactly what Dr Tom Licence (right), a senior lecturer in History at the University of East Anglia, does and now his fascinating finds revealing much


information about how we used to live have been recorded in his latest book, What the Victorians Threw Away. The pages of the book offer readers a unique exploration of the lives of ordinary Victorians, viewed through their rubbish. Whether it’s a medical bottle giving details of what illnesses they had, caviar pots showing the luxuries they enjoyed, or nursery rhyme cups revealing how they brought up their babies, Tom Licence has literally dug it up. Travelling around the country, he pinpointed three very different households – a Norfolk Rectory, a post office in Shropshire and a labourer’s cottage in Kent. In these locations he excavated the old rubbish dumps and

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discovered each of them packed with stories revealing how the previous inhabitants used to live. With its 118 pages and 90 colour photographs, What the Victorians Threw Away takes the reader close to the generation that invented the idea of landfill. Bringing everyday items to life once again in colourful detail, the book also tells of the rise of brands and packaging and the origins of today’s throw-away society. The book describes how Tom sets about identifying and digging up rubbish dumps and excavating what different households discarded as a new technique for delving into our past. The objects that emerge from these excavations often tell intimate stories about the people who used them before they threw them away. According to Tom Licence, if you want to find out what the Victorians bought in the village store, how they stocked their kitchen cupboards and how they felt pampered and cared for themselves, there’s no better archive than a rubbish tip. “If we wish to find out how labourers in Kent lived, compared with the postman in Shropshire or the clergyman’s family in Norfolk,” he says, “we must put on our gardening gloves, clear away the nettles and dig deep into the rich, black soil. These characters, and thousands like them, buried all the clues we need to provide answers to our questions at the bottom of the garden.” Tom says that their jumbled throwaways remain in the soil, undisturbed and forgotten. “Locating rubbish tips is like finding time capsules,” he says, “full of clues about life 100 years ago – and for the historical detective every object can reveal a story.” He explains that unearthing a simple glass bottle can reveal what people were drinking, how a great brand emerged or whether an inventor triumphed with a new design. An old tin can tell us much about the development of advertising, of household chores or foreign imports. “Even a humble broken plate can introduce us to the children in the Staffordshire potteries who painted in the colours of a robin, crudely sketched on a cheap cup and saucer,” says Tom. “Their stories must be dug from the ground because everyday minutiae such as this very rarely appears in history books.” Tom says that it took him 30 years to complete the book – and in carrying out his research he’s travelled around much of the country digging up these

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fascinating ‘rubbish’ time capsules. His work has revealed fascinating details. How much beer could a postman drink? Which nursery rhymes did labourers teach their children? Did the Rector and his family eat local produce? Dr Licence says that his book opens up the discussion of what our ancestors threw away to a wider readership. “Rubbish tells us many stories – of diet, medicine, brands, packaging, technology, invention, advertising, leisure, international trade, wartime hardship, the railways, literacy, class and childhood,” he says. “When we dig up rubbish pits from 100 years ago we find ourselves transported back in time by everyday objects from a forgotten era.” Last July, together with members of Norfolk Bottles, Tom obtained consent to dig on the site of the old King’s Lynn town ash-yard which was the starting point for refuse to the south of the town from 1883 until around 1940. A ditch, serving as boundary to the site, had been filled in during the year 1883. Numerous ginger beer bottles were unearthed – including many from the firm of Henry Parker, a manufacturer of aerated waters based in Tower Street, King’s Lynn between 1905-16. Parker had sold his ginger beer in bottles with blue lips with his name printed with either blue or black. Other manufacturers included Ramsell and Spinks, who were based in Austin Street, King’s Lynn from the late 1890s. . Bottles bearing the names of Forster Grand Moore and Elijah Eyre were also relatively common to the site. Bottles from several local manufacturers were revealed – including Morgan’s Brewery, Caleys, and Steward & Patterson.


Bottles from the King’s Lynn firms of Sidney Codington and William and Thomas Bagge were also recovered during the dig. Several pot lids recovered from the site gave an indication of the products that could be bought from the chemists on the town’s high street. Tom Licence says that overall it was a “superb” site, revealing a good deal about local traders and patterns of comsumption and waste in the town. Among the most interesting finds were two bottles embossed with the name of chemist WC Wigg, who’s listed in the trade’' directory for King’s Lynn. One of the bottles was embossed ‘elixir pectorale’ – a fancy name for cough mixture. “It shows that Wigg was selling his own cures,” says Tom, “and that he was giving them names – suggesting that he was a man of some medical and scientific learning.” The ash-yard in the Horsley’s Chase area was constructed out of rubbish, mainly hardcore of crockery and glass which had been steramrollered flat. Over the top they laid coconut matting to protect the hooves of the donkeys that pulled the dustcarts. But before you start venturing out and about with a spade in an attempt to discover more about your ancestors, Tom (who’s been digging up rubbish since 1986) has one piece of advice. “The most important thing of all,” he says, “is that if you do want to dig at a particular site you do need the owner’s permission.” What the Victorians Threw Away (£9.99) by Dr Tom Licence is published by Oxbrow Books and is available in bookshops and online.

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ABOVE: The distinctive twin towers of Wymondham Abbey, which contains a wealth of exquisite fittings, including one of the largest altar screens (opposite) designed by the great Gothic Revival architect Sir Ninian Comper

The heritage jewel of Wymondham Abbey It’s one of the grandest religious buildings in East Anglia, and has a particularly fascinating history. Sylvia Steele looks at the history of Wymondham Abbey and hears a tale of two towers...


ike a mirror image, the twin towers of Wymondham Abbey dominate the skyline as you approach the town. Surrounded by the tranquil meadows of the Tiffey Valley, the Abbey sits at the heart of this busy medieval town seven miles southwest of Norwich. Founded in 1107 as a daughter priory to St. Albans Abbey, it became an Abbey in its own right in 1448. Originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the name of St. Thomas Becket was added to the dedication following his murder in 1170 and a modern icon panel by the late Rev. David Hunter tells the story of Thomas’s life in pictures.

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Churches are so often not just buildings but treasure troves of stories, and Wymondham Abbey is no exception. The two towers themselves are at the centre of a complicated tale. The Norman founder of the Abbey, William d’Aubigny, intended that the monks and parishioners share the one building – but who should use which part of the church became a subject of controversy between the two parties for many years. In fact, rivalry between the townspeople and the Benedictine monks grew so fierce that in 1249 Pope Innocent IV was forced to intervene, ruling that the eastern part of the church, south aisle and southwest

tower were for the monks; whilst the nave, north aisle and northwest tower formed the parish church. The monks built the octagonal tower at the east end and hung their bells there whilst the parishioners built their own bell tower at the west end, reaching 142ft but never going any higher. When the central tower became unstable in 1370, the monks built a new bell tower and a thick wall, meaning a physical division now separated the parish church from the abbey. This wasn’t the end of the story, however, for the townspeople then argued that the monks’ bells overwhelmed the sound of the parish


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bells. The in-fighting continued. With the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 16th century, the eastern structure (apart from the tower) was demolished and the church became solely the charge of the parish. Today, a solitary arch in the churchyard (see picture above) is all that remains of the monks’ chapter house. The western tower was never fully completed, but it features in the turbulent history of 16th century England when William Kett, one of the leaders of the Kett’s Rebellion, was hung from the top – a gruesome reminder of how allied the church and state became during the Reformation. The 18th and 19th centuries saw some improvements to the interior, with seating for over 1,000 people when the focus of the church services was hearing the word of God. There was little music in the church until, with the revival of singing in the 1700s, parishioner Miss Ann Farmer donated the present organ in 1793 and music was again heard in Wymondham. The Abbey’s rural setting – amid unspoilt meadowland where sheep graze – is largely the concept of the


Rev William Papillon who, during his incumbency from 1788 to 1836, constructed a landscape feature to separate churchyard from meadow. The area is now maintained by the appropriately-named Papillon Trust. The impression as you enter the church is of a simple place of worship brought into the 21st century with open spaces and modern chairs replacing the ancient pews. Despite its size, the absence of any windows in the east and west elevations creates a closed-in feel until the sun’s rays through the clerestory windows touch the gilding of the exquisite altar screen and flood the nave with light. Commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to Wymondham people who died in the 1914-18 war, the altar screen is considered to be one of the finest of Sir Ninian Comper’s works. Particularly interesting, in this 400th year celebration of Pocahontas’ arrival in Britain, is a plaque featuring the life of Richard Bucke, who was born in Wymondham in 1582. Whilst serving as chaplain to the new colony of Virginia from 1610-1623, he officiated at the marriage ceremony in 1614 of Princess Pocahontas to John Rolfe of Heacham. Whereas Norfolk’s 600 medieval

churches are mostly traditional in style, Wymondham Abbey’s towers have plain tops, displaying no pretension to elegance and giving the impression of being unfinished – but their sheer height and mass are hugely impressive. There have been significant changes during its 900-year history, each generation re-shaping and adapting to its own needs. The 21st century custodians have created a community project led by the Abbey’s Parochial Church Council to encourage the use of the church by everyone. The Abbey Experience refers to its project as the ‘heritage jewel’ of Wymondham – its aims to encourage visitors and ‘bring more business to the historic town centre.’ The Heritage Lottery Fund contributed a total of £1.7 million to the estimated cost of around £2.75 million towards building new extensions by ‘filling out’ the corners on opposite sides of the east tower, thus providing substantially improved facilities, historical interpretation and learning resources. New vestries will double up as rehearsal facilities for visiting performers, for the Abbey is a popular venue for concerts and exhibitions as well as a ‘living history’ resource for local schools. Almost a prerequisite aid in the 21st century, interactive buttons and screens are provided throughout the interior. The principal purpose of the church and its history has not, however, been forgotten as the extensions fit visually with the existing fabric of the building whilst maintaining sufficient scale so as not to be lost against the grandeur of the Abbey. For more information on Wymondham Abbey and details of services and visiting times, please see the website at

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FROM FRUIT & VEG TO FISHERFOLK... Thanks to Bob Booth again this month for his photograph of 3-5 North Street in King’s Lynn, which was taken in 1967 and shows the well-stocked general store of E Southgate & Sons. Note the sign above the shop that says ‘Ships Chandler’ – although there’s little evidence of that trade, it’s particularly

appropriate as the site is now home to True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum. If anyone knows what was inside those green bags hanging in the doorway, we’d love to know! You can enjoy thousands of images of Norfolk’s history on the website at or by visiting the Norfolk Heritage Centre at

the Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich (or your local studies library). We’ll be taking another look back in time at the local area next month. IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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ABOVE: The crew of a Lockheed Hudson Mark I of No. 206 Squadron gather by the door of their aircraft at RAF Bircham Newton in June 1940. The following month, the squadron famously rescued the Commander in Chief of the Free Polish Forces, General Władysław Sikorski from Bordeaux in France. Pictured are (left to right) Leading Aircraftman Garrity (the American navigator), pilot Flight-Lieutenant W Biddle, name unknown, and wireless operator and air gunner WD ‘Spike’ Caulfield – holding a wicker carrier containing a homing pigeon.

Preserving the story of RAF Bircham Newton... It was one of the first aerodromes opened by the RAF, and was in service for almost 50 years. Sylvia Steele traces the history of RAF Bircham Newton and the efforts to preserve its heritage


t the turn of the 20th century, a single narrow road passed through what was predominantly agricultural land in the village of Bircham Newton; a quiet hamlet where time had more or less stood still until 1917-18, when an airfield was constructed to be used for the training of fighter pilots. The first flying unit (No.3 Fighting School) arrived in late May 1918, just a few weeks after the formation of the Royal Air Force – making Bircham Newton one of the first (if not the very first) aerodrome opened by the fledgling service. In November 1918, the three Handley

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Page V/1500 bombers for the newlyformed 166 Squadron arrived, and so began Bircham Newton’s association with a range of bomber aircraft from SE5A Vickers Vimy to Hawker Hart and Hawker Hind. Bircham Newton remained a bomber station until 1936 when it was transferred to Coastal Command. It was a time when the RAF was undergoing a general expansion and mobilisation, and Bircham Newton’s airfield was expanded in size. Many new facilities were built, including new hangars, a remodelled station headquarters and additional accommodation for many more personnel. RAF Bircham Newton finally closed in

December 1962, having fulfilled a distinguished service involving more than 80 flying units. A simple Caithness stone monolith honouring these service members now stands on a grassed area alongside the former Station Commandant’s residence – which is now home to the Bircham Newton Heritage Centre, formed by the RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project in 2005 to conserve the station’s history. The first monument, to remember those who served at RAF Bircham Newton between 1918 and 1962, was unveiled and dedicated by the project in September 2006. A second monument to remember those who


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served at the main satellite airfield at Docking between 1940 and 1946 was dedicated one year later, in September 2007. “As a registered charity we’re extremely grateful to the many organisations who have supported the project and made it possible,” says Trustee Avril MacArthur. “Although the main objectives have been completed, a dedicated band of volunteers still man the centre.” Just stepping into the hall of the building is like walking into a home from another era. Taking centre stage in the front room is a display board listing all the flying squadrons that served at the station, including the names of their squadron commanders and the names of all Bircham Newton’s Commanding Officers. Also on display in this room is a Roll of Honour created by the project Chairman David Jacklin, which names more than 530 individuals (mostly aircrew) who lost their lives on active service in operations across the North Sea. ‘Essential Viewing Guides’ follow the chronological sequence of wartime events relating to the station and its satellite stations at Docking and Langham. From them, we learn that RAF 279 Squadron (formed at Bircham Newton in November 1941) was the first squadron to use the Mark I airborne lifeboat designed by Uffa Fox. This followed attempts to improve equipment already carried – the first being the Lindholme Gear emergency supply canister from which evolved the Bircham Barrel, holding signal flares, tinned water, condensed milk, emergency rations and first aid kit. 44

Remembering that this station was in operation in 1918 there’s a fusion of wartime memories of both world wars from members of the fighting services and the general public. Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, the legendary ceramic poppy designed by Derbyshire designer Paul Cummins for the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ tribute is on display here too, as is a moving section on local First World War heroine Edith Cavell. The displays of the first Women’s National Land Service Corps (set up in February 1916 under the leadership of Dame Meriel Talbot OBE) reveal the change in uniforms when the service was later re-formed as the Women’s Land Army in 1938 by Lady Gertrude Denham. Humour is here too, of course, in the Biggles books by Captain WE Johns – whose first posting was to Thetford Flying Training School in 1918, and in the caricature Pilot Officer Prune immortalised by that writer of wartime cartoon humour, Bill Hooper. Training on the Blind Approach Beacon System and other radio aids was conducted at Bircham Newton for about two years after the war, before the station was transferred to Training Command, becoming the RAF School of Administration, responsible for training thousands of RAF officers and students from foreign and commonwealth countries. The RAF Administrative Apprentice Training School was also based here from the late 1950s until the station’s closure. Various hangars are still used by students of the Construction Industry Training Board, who bought the airfield in November 1964.

The airfield at Bircham Newton is eerily silent now. The runway and the control tower are gone and the base is largely empty. Only the exhaustive records maintained by the Bircham Newton Heritage Centre keep alive reflections of the vital role that Norfolk airfields played throughout two world wars. It maintains a comprehensive amount of data from which it’s possible for the team to conduct research and answer queries from members of the public. RAF Bircham Newton figures largely in such memories, not least at St. Mary’s Church in Great Bircham where a corner plot of 78 graves is designated the final resting place of British and Commonwealth airmen flying in RAF squadrons – and includes 11 German airmen shot down in the Battle of Britain.

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ABOVE: Crimplesham’s Chris Rolfe taking part in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2016 last month, cycling through the battlefields of the First World War – he’s currently raised over £4,000 for Help the Heroes

Cycling through the history of World War One Chris Rolfe only took up cycling a couple of years ago, but last month he completed a 300-mile charity ride through some of Europe’s most famous battlefields, as Richard Parr discovers...


n a month that sees the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, it seems fitting to tell the story of a man from West Norfolk who’s just cycled more than 300 miles through the French battlefields of WWI and has currently raised more than £4,000 for the Help for Heroes charity. Chris Rolfe from Crimplesham near Downham Market has been following the iconic Western Front all the way from Ypres to Verdun in France. Few words invoke the same feelings of horror and incredible loss of young


lives on the Western Front; a deadlock between forces during WWI and the scenes of some of the best-known battles in history. The Big Battlefield Bike Ride remembers those who lost their lives in the conflict on the front – and also celebrates the lives of those whom the charity currently supports. The charity points out that the conflicts of WWI may have ended nearly 100 years ago, but the battles faced by our wounded, injured and sick service personnel continue to this day. Those taking part in the 2016 Big

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Battlefield Bike Ride were collectively aiming to raise £700,000 to ensure the battles faced by injured service personnel are not faced alone. Chris, who’s currently working as a builder’s labourer in his stepfather’s business, said he decided to take part in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride after running in the Vitality London 10k for Help for Heroes last year. “I thought it would be a great challenge and combine my love of modern history and cycling,” he says, “while at the same time raising money for a brilliant charity.” Chris explained he only took up cycling a couple of years ago and has really grown to enjoy it. He said he was keen to get involved in the charity. “I wanted to do what I could to help the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom,” he says, although he was taken aback by the level of support he received himself. “My family and friends gave me so much help in organising events, and I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere near the £2,600 minimum target without them. I’ve currently raised just over £4,200 and that figure is still climbing.” Chris described the ride as one of the best experiences of his life. “Cycling through the battlefields where so many young men died was a very emotional experience,” he says, remarking on the immaculately wellkept cemeteries and monuments he passed on his route. “I felt they were the perfect way to honour all those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” he says, remembering two locations that struck him particularly deeply.

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ABOVE: British soldiers in action on July 1st 1916, the first day of one of the bloodiest battles in history. In little more than four months, an estimated 1 million men were killed or wounded, including about 485,000 British and French troops.

Remembering the Battle of the Somme 1st July to 18th November 1916 The Battle of the Somme was originally meant to be a French-led offensive with the British in support and was initially planned for August 1916. When the German army attacked Verdun in February 1916 it was clear France wouldn’t be able to lead any major offensive that year. A British diversionary attack was needed to take the pressure of the French a ‘diversion’ that turned out to be the Battle of the Somme. The preliminary bombardment lasted eight days and saw over 1,600 pieces of British artillery fire 1.73 million shells onto the German lines. The first infantry attack took place in the early morning of 1st July 1916 – and the battle continued until the 18th November. Many of the shells fired in the preliminary bombardment were duds and failed to explode. Those that did had little effect on barbed wire defences, dugouts and enemy strongpoints.

The average British infantryman carried 30kg of equipment as he went ‘over the top’ during the first phase of the battle. Britain lost 57,470 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme – 19,240 British soldiers were killed on July 1st, 1916. The oldest British soldier to die during the battle was Lt. Henry Webber, 7th South Lancashire Regiment. He was 68 when he died on 27th July 1916. On 15th September 1916 at FlersCourcelette the tank made its operational debut. Although it scared many German soldiers, a mixture of poor tactics and unreliability meant the new weapon failed to make a great impact. During the Battle of the Somme no less than 51 Victoria Crosses were awarded – 17 of them posthumously. The furthest advance of any allied force during the battle was a mere five miles.


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“The first was the memorial for the Canadians who died at Vimy Ridge,” he says. “It’s one of the most incredible structures I’ve ever seen. We ended the ride at the Verdun Ossuary – where 15,000 French soldiers have their final resting place, and the bones of a further 6,000 unidentified soldiers are inside. This amazing memorial to all those brave men was a place that really did make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.” Chris says that in total he covered some 332 miles over five days, leaving London by Eurostar on June 5th, taking a coach from Lille to Ypres. The following day he cycled from Ypres to Arras (around 50 miles) and on June 7th journeyed from Arras to Amiens (around 40 miles). The next two days saw him cycling from Amiens to St Quentin (just over 50 miles) and then on to Reims (around 60 miles) before the final stretch from Reims to Verdun (around 75 miles) on June 10th. Chris said he considered himself quite fortunate on the route as the only problem he encountered was a pedal falling off – something he easily fixed by tightening the bolts. “I managed to avoid any major



ABOVE: The awe-inspiring Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France. The memorial took designer Walter Seymour Allward 11 years to see built and it was unveiled by King Edward VIII on 26th July 1936. Below is a map showing Chris Rolfe’s route through the battlefields of WWI and a picture of him crossing the finishing line at Verdun on June 10th.

accidents,” he says, “and I only suffered one fall when another cyclist came down in front of me and I came down on top of that rider, breaking his fall!”

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lthough it’s considerably warmer, summer is a bit like New Year – it’s a time when many people consider reinventing themselves and becoming their best self. The concept of ‘wellbeing’ has never been so popular than it is today, and it’s a large umbrella concept that sees us getting more exercise, eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and giving up smoking. Although these tend to get most of our attention, there’s a massive branch of wellbeing missing from those activities – and that’s how we address the wellbeing of our minds. “We often make efforts and find time to lead healthy lifestyles, but few people ever think of checking their emotional wellbeing,” says Nicki Williamson of The Wellbeing People (right). “Ask yourself when you last had time to take a deep breath and focus on what you really want from life – and what you don’t?” A fully qualified NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist registered with the

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ABOVE: Bringing together the worlds of fashion and function, the distinctive designs of Tina Guillory (below) are inspired by Norfolk – from the canvas sails of dinghies in the creeks to the weatherproof oilskins worn by local fishermen

Working in style with the landscape in mind... It’s not often the words ‘fashionable’ and ‘practical’ appear in the same sentence. Clare Bee meets a longtime environmentalist who’s spent over ten years making workwear look supremely stylish


orfolk is the inspiration for much in the way of landscapes, open spaces, and often the nostalgic yearning to go back to how things used to be. This retrospective tendency even extends to outdoor clothing, workwear and accessories which hark back to how traditional things used to be styled and produced. A pioneer of this trend is Tina Guillory, gardener, artisan and founder of Carrier Company, which is based in Wighton, North Norfolk and designs and manufactures a distinctive – and distinctively local – range of workwear and outdoor clothing. Tina originally set out to produce the

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same hardworking outdoor clothing she grew up with, but could no longer find. Inspired by the environment, by tradition and by the requirements of well-made working clothes, Tina started Carrier Company in 1995. As a businesswoman who’d already started her own gardening business, Tina began to look for ways of establishing her ideas whilst also providing work for local people. Tina’s original links with Norfolk came from holidays she and her family had in the area when she was a child. Originally from Leicestershire, the family had a holiday home in north Norfolk near Blakeney. After working in London, where she began her gardening business, Tina looked for a



place to move to when her children were small. In the 1980s, north Norfolk was still a reasonably-priced place in which to live, so in 1986, she decided to move away from the hustle and bustle. “I’ve always been a ‘dive in and see’ person, so I decided to move here,” she says. “I knew I could do gardening and I’ve always made things, and Norfolk seemed the ideal place to do that.” In addition to being a committed environmentalist and supporter of Greenpeace and CND, Tina had also worked and baked for a whole foods shop in London. As a gardener, she became well known as someone who could transform small formal spaces into areas of self-sustaining wildernesses, filled with wild flowers and bringing a small part of the country


into the city. The original item which inspired Carrier Company was a garden carrier. As a gardener, Tina needed something to carry tools or logs or to gather up weeds and prunings, and was unable to find the ideal thing. So she designed her own carrier, a square metre of cloth with a handle at each corner. The Classic Carrier is still a big seller, made of 100% jute and extremely versatile and strong. From this came other ideas for garden necessities – a kneeler, a gardener’s apron and an assortment of garden bags, including the wonderfully named Back Door Bag. No explanation required! In the pre-Internet days, Tina had to find an outlet for her merchandise, and

the next few years were spent travelling up and down the country to local fairs. She gradually built up her business, making the products herself and driving from Yorkshire to Dorset to sell them. Constantly travelling to fairs and packing and unpacking made for a hard life, but luckily for Tina the Internet was just starting to take over. It became possible to buy all the materials she needed to make up the items at home. Since then, the company has forged ahead, gradually expanding and creating work for local friends, who handcraft her designs in their own homes, in ways that fit in with their own lives. All Tina’s designs take their textures and inspiration from the environment around her. After the success of the garden products, the natural progression was into clothing. The local smock, as worn by fisherman, was an obvious choice. From that came the Norfolk Jacket, originally designed by Tina for her mother when she found it hard to get a smock over her head. Likewise the jerkin, developed from a need for something to wear in the garden which wouldn’t restrict movement, but had a warmth and ease about it. The growth of Carrier Company has been an organic one and reflects Tina’s commitment to using materials of the highest quality while retaining its form and function. The investment in a local workforce (Tina currently has a team of six sewers and a man who makes the metal fireside tools) is an important part of the company ethos. Everything in the collection continues to be well tried and tested, useful, functional, goodlooking, and made to last. The natural materials used in the bags and clothing (canvas, sailcloth, jute) are hardwearing and gets better with age. All goods are made to order and can be individualised on request. Thanks to the world wide web, Carrier Company is truly worldwide. Out of every ten orders made online, four of those will go abroad. For a company that prides itself on sourcing local materials, using local labour and being environmentally conscious, this is truly a success story. Tina herself continues to work from her 17th century brick and flint farmhouse in North Norfolk, close to the open spaces and seascapes she loves so much. She is justifiably proud of the business she’s developed and nurtured, one which began with a simple need for a practical item. For more details on Tina’s latest collections, please see the website at

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This dish of scallops with duck bacon and fresh peas feels like a treat. It’s one of those dishes you might choose at a restaurant, especially if you tend to choose things that seem to be tough to make at home. But cooking scallops is both easy and quick. INGREDIENTS 6 scallops (about 8-10oz in total) Red quinoa, about two thirds of a cup Peas, 4oz 2 scallions, cut into ½” slices Duck bacon (or normal bacon) 1-2oz Butter, 1tbsp Lemon juice, a small squeeze WINE MATCH Scallops are a pretty sweet shellfish, and this is one of the rare occasions you may enjoy an off-dry wine to go with your main dish. If you have it, some Vouvray would be a splendid match – otherwise choose a fat, buttery Chardonnay. A really good dark porter would be a spectacular accompaniment to this dish.


Scallops, duck bacon, peas and quinoa Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking: 25 minutes Serves: 2 METHOD 1 Give the quinoa a good rinse and cook in boiling salted water for about 13 minutes. When it’s done (tender but still with a little nibble to it), drain and set aside. 2 Pan cook the duck bacon over a gentle heat. The fat will start to render out, and when it gets crispy lift out and set aside on kitchen paper. 3 Add the scallions and cook gently for a few minutes until they’re looking a little soft, then add the peas for a couple of minutes. Add to the quinoa.

4 Ensure the pan is empty of stray bits, turn the heat up and season one side of the scallops with salt and pepper. When the pan is scorching hot add the scallops, seasoned side down. Season the top side. After just one minute turn the scallops over for another minute. 5 Push the scallops off to the side, turn the heat down and add the butter. Push the scallops to the side of the pan, add the quinoa and pea mix and combine well. 6 To serve, gently spoon the quinoa mix on the plate, followed by the duck bacon and crown it with the scallops. A quick squeeze of lemon and you’re done! It looks fabulous, tastes great – and it’s really easy to make.

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Sirloin Steak Salad Asian Style Serves: 4 IINGREDIENTS NGREDIENTS 4-sirloin steaks, cut 2cm thick For the Marinade 4 garlic cloves, finely grated 5cm piece of root ginger, peeled and finely grated 60ml soy sauce 3 tablespoons honey 50ml rice wine vinegar For the Salad 1 head of romaine lettuce, shredded ½ cucumber, thinly sliced For the Garnish 2 spring onions, thinly sliced long ways and placed into iced water (to make them curl up) 1 carrot, cut into julienne slices 2 dessertspoons of toasted sesame seeds Zest of ½ large orange


M METHOD ETHOD 1 Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour into a food bag. Put the steak in with the marinade and seal. Place in the fridge and marinate for at least 6 hours. 2 Once marinated, remove the steaks from the bag, place on a plate and allow to come up to room temperature; 15-20 minutes should be enough. 3 Brush a frying pan or griddle with a little oil and place on a high heat until the pan begins to smoke.

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Time to take a fresh new look at The Chequers... Thornham’s favourite pub gets a fabulous makeover from top to bottom ating all the way back to the 16th century, The Chequers has been a part of village life in Thornham for hundreds of years, but it’s possibly never been as inviting as it is today. “I think it’s now the most gorgeous pub along the whole coast,” says Norfolkborn General Manager Steven Stafford. “I’m immensely proud of the work we’ve done over the last few months and very honoured to be its caretaker. Everyone involved has achieved quite amazing results.” Towards the end of last year The Chequers was bought by Agellus Hotels, joining a growing portfolio of unique local properties characterised by personal and friendly service, immaculately designed bedrooms, locally sourced and accomplished food and painstaking attention to detail. Since then, a major refurbishment


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programme has transformed The Chequers from front to back and from top to bottom. The restaurant, bar and lounge areas have been revitalised, the exterior has been opened up as a traditional pub forecourt (and now features a genuine chequer tree), while the outside has been graced with two fabulous cedar wood pavilions (seating up to 14) offering distinctively private dining spaces. The Chequers is unashamedly local. In addition to showcasing local beers and ales, it features Norfolk-produced gins and vodka, while chairs and various decorative items have been sourced from local antique shops. The plants and flowers have been chosen to suit the local and coastal environment, and even the crockery, tapas dishes and teapots in the bedrooms are exclusively made for The Chequers by Stanhoe-based potter Geraldine Clark.

That local flavour is also true of the food at The Chequers, under the guidance of experienced Head Chef Shayne Wood. Although not strictly local himself (he was born in Devon) he’s a true promoter of Norfolk’s culinary credentials. “The most important thing for me is to get the best of the ingredients I’m using,” he says. “They’re key, and we’re so lucky to have Norfolk’s larder on our doorstep. My favourite supplier of all is the sea, which is right on our doorstep. It’s incredible and it’s what brought me to Norfolk in the first place.” For a true taste of local food and hospitality, visit The Chequers and discover everything a traditional Norfolk pub should be – and a lot more besides.


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Palmers Ale House & Kitchen, Long Sutton


t’s always nice to make a new ‘dining out’ discovery, and thanks to Palmers Ale House & Kitchen in Long Sutton, I was recently treated to one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve had in a very long time! Not only was the food of very high quality, but the setting and atmosphere really sets this lovely gastro pub apart from the rest, and makes eating out a genuinely pleasurable experience. In fact, I felt at ease as soon as I entered the pub, surrounded by warm, inviting and stylish décor. It wasn’t over-crowded but there was a lively buzz from the fellow drinkers and diners that set the mood for a wonderfully friendly evening. There was a real mix of families, couples and groups of friends of all ages, and we were seated in the bar area. The tables and chairs aren’t uniform (which adds a nice informal touch) and they’re all cushioned and extremely comfortable. There was also a large conservatory with more dining space, with large bi-fold doors opening out onto a pretty garden area. Indeed, the setting and atmosphere were very similar to the famous Hoste in Burnham Market. The staff were very polite and attentive, promptly bringing our glasses of wine to the table together with a varied but not over-extensive menu – easy to choose from and easy to navigate around. There were plenty of pub classics, sharing platters (great for


nibbles if you’re out with friends for drinks) and also a fine dining menu – which was definitely what we were drawn to. For starters we ordered the seared scallops with pea puree and radishes and the buttered asparagus, which was accompanied by poached quails’ eggs and hazelnuts. The scallops were cooked to perfection but personally I didn’t feel the radishes added an awful lot to the dish – it didn’t really need them. The asparagus and eggs dish was quite beautifully cooked, and both starters left your appetite whetted but full of anticipation for the next course. For mains we chose lamb 3 ways, with roast new potatoes, baby carrots and asparagus; while the other dish was a hazelnut and honey pork fillet, served with dauphinoise potatoes and roasted leeks. Simply put, the pork dish was the best I’ve ever tasted – and I’ve never seen such a generous portion of pork fillet. It really did melt in your mouth and the sauce and accompaniments offered a real taste explosion. Every mouthful was a delight. The lamb was also beautiful (though we felt the pork was so good it upstaged it a little!) and there was a pleasant surprise of liver on the dish, which worked well with the wellcooked vegetables. We were comfortably full by this point and didn’t really need a dessert, but as the food was so good we

decided to share one to see if the high standards could be maintained. We chose the rhubarb and vanilla crème brulee with almond twists. This was a bit of a tester as I’m often disappointed with the standard of crème brulees – the texture and consistency is often all wrong. However, this was fully deserving of full marks. The almond twists weren’t quite faultless (they were a bit too hard and the almond flavour was a little too weak) but as they were added bonuses it didn’t detract from the wonderful brulee itself. Our total bill came to £78.50 which included five large glasses of wine – an extremely reasonable price for the setting and the quality of the food. As we paid our bill there was a band setting up in the corner which (had we been able to stay) would have been a lovely end to a great evening out. We would thoroughly recommend Palmers in every department – and I’m really looking forward to going back! FOOD






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Discover the authentic taste of Thai cuisine... Treat yourself to a genuinely fresh taste experience at Thai Royale hai cuisine is one of the most popular foods in the world, and it’s one close to the heart of Atch Nalty (above left), who came to King’s Lynn from Sheffield a few years ago with a lifelong love of cooking and a genuine passion for authentic Thai cuisine. “Thai dishes are very different,” she says. “They use far more herbs than Chinese food, and unlike Indian food they don’t rely on sauces and thickening agents. Thai cuisine has an emphasis on lightly-prepared dishes with lots of aromas, exciting and complex tastes, and a spicy edge.” Having worked in the restaurant trade for over 10 years, Atch was convinced King’s Lynn needed an authentic Thai restaurant, and when the opportunity arose she leapt at the chance. Located directly opposite the clock in Gaywood, Thai Royale opened at the start of this year, offering a mouthwatering range of salads, stir frys, curries and rice


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ABOVE: Matt and Steph Brown celebrate the launch of their ultra-premium Wild Knight English Vodka – inspired by a family wedding in Mongolia and given a home-grown flavour through the use of local barley

Matt and Steph capture the spirit of Norfolk... When Matt Brown travelled from Beachamwell to Mongolia to attend his brother’s wedding, he had little idea it would lead to a new star on the local food and drink scene, as Clare Bee discovers


odka isn’t something you’d ordinarily associate with Norfolk (to say nothing of Mongolia) but it may be time to change your way of thinking. Wild Knight English Vodka is being produced right here on our doorstep, and is the rather delicious creation of husband and wife (and selfconfessed food and drink lovers) Matt and Steph Brown. It all began six years ago, when Matt travelled to Mongolia to be best man at his brother’s wedding in 2010. Vodka plays an integral role in Mongolian life, as Matt discovered, from starting the KLmagazine July 2016

traditional wedding day by sharing a bowl of vodka to its inclusion in the ceremony itself – this part being enjoyed by all ages! It was a fateful discovery, as Matt and Steph were looking for an idea to create a business opportunity for themselves. For some 23 years they’d run marketing businesses for other people and were now looking to create a brand of their own. They wanted it to be a product in the food and drink line, as this was something they were familiar with and enjoyed being involved in. Vodka can in fact be made from

many things, including potatoes and fruit – it’s in the fermenting, when the sugars turn to alcohol, that the vodka is produced. By choosing to make their vodka from barley, however, Matt and Steph were settling on the best, as grain vodka is believed to produce a drink of the best quality. Norfolk is surrounded by the finest quality barley and is already used to produce high quality whisky and beer. With no previous knowledge of how to go about putting their ideas into production, Matt and Steph decided to enlist a highly-experienced local artisan distiller to work with them to produce 79

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their vodka. For starters, the unmalted barley is added to water which has been filtered four times to remove all salts and minerals. The filtration process results in a water purer than top-quality bottled water, which is important to ensure the flavour of the barley is enhanced by using completely pure water. Fermentation then takes place over about five days, and once all the sugars have been turned into alcohol, the result is a weak distillery wash of about 7% ABV. This is added to a 200-litre copper pot still and distilled over 12 hours. As the liquid gently heats up, the various alcohols turn into vapour at different temperatures. The secret of the process is separating the liquid into ‘heads’, ‘hearts’ (which will become the vodka) and ‘tails.’ A unique 3.6m column above the copper pot still draws off the ethanol ‘heads’ before capturing the ‘hearts’ before the appearance of the heavy alcohols and fusel oils that make up the ‘tails’ – and allows Matt and Steph to create a spirit of 96% ABV in a single distillation. It’s this, plus the skill of the distiller deciding when to cut the ‘hearts’ that decides the characteristics of Wild Knight’s vodka. The result is a smooth, top-quality


vodka which doesn’t burn the palate – and as vodka doesn’t have to be aged it can be drunk straight away. By contrast, whisky has to be at least three years old to be considered to be ‘whisky’. Matt and Steph’s dream of producing the best and purest vodka only became reality at the beginning of this year. The very first bottles were ready on February 4th – and by the end of the month they’d launched it, sold out and found themselves having to distil more! They received great feedback and have quickly established themselves locally. They were invited to both the Norfolk Polo Festival in mid-June, and the Royal Norfolk Show at the end of the month, supporting Wallace Bars, who’ve run the Members’ Bar for many years. This month they’ll be exhibiting at Imbibe Live at Olympia in London, Europe’s largest ontrade exhibition – and they’ll be supporting Thunder Road Emporium. Hardly pausing for breath, Matt and Steph will then be making appearances at the Oundle Food Festival, and Porkstock 2016 – the ‘must see’ food, drink and music event in Norfolk. The name Wild Knight came from the couple’s wish to encapsulate the spirit of adventure and the heritage of England. Their vodka – which they

suggest should be sipped and savoured rather than guzzled – represents all the fun, enjoyment and tradition of the English spirit. Matt and Steph are very realistic about their vodka. They have no specific targets, just a focus to get out into the trade in Norfolk and then gradually to extend further afield. “We are ambitious for the brand,” says Matt. “We really want to grow it right in the UK and abroad, but these are such early days and we are taking tentative steps for the time being.” Events may overtake them, however. They’re already beginning to get export enquiries, and despite their initial apprehensions, Matt and Steph’s vodka has made a huge impression – and the couple are hugely appreciative of the good feedback and encouragement they’ve received to date. “We have real belief in it,” says Matt, “and we have some tremendous brand ambassadors who love the product just as much as we do.” They’re still a small team, with only one part-time member of staff and Steph focussing on marketing. But the future is very bright for this couple who took a chance on an idea, and proved that hard work, enthusiasm and self belief can reap many rewards. For more details of Wild Knight English Vodka and how to enjoy a taste of it for yourself, please see Matt and Steph’s website at

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Wild Knight Caipiroska A great way to enjoy the new spirit of Norfolk Perfect for leisurely lunches or long warm evenings, this is the drink of summer and an ideal way to discover the delights of Matt and Steph Brown’s Wild Knight Vodka – especially with the Rio Olympics coming up next month. Caipiroska is actually a form of Caipirinha, which is Brazil’s national cocktail – but it’s prepared with vodka instead of the usual cachaça. In addition to being hugely popular in Brazil, it’s also widely known in Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. Also known as ‘Caipivodka’ or ‘Caipirodka’ the drink has grown in popularity in recent years as access to international vodkas continues to diversify in South America. It’s a great way of adding a tropical twist to the new spirit of Norfolk – but please remember to drink responsibly. INGREDIENTS 50ml Wild Knight English Vodka Six wedges of fresh lime 12.5ml Gomme syrup (choose white or brown according to taste – both are very different for flavour)


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CoCoes Beetroot Falafel Serves: 6 IINGREDIENTS NGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 500g raw beetroot peeled & coarsely grate 2 tsp cumin seeds, roughly crushed 1 ½ tsp ground ginger 300ml soya milk 115g chick pea flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 450g cooked chick peas 1 lt rapeseed oil To o serve 6 pitta breads 250g Greek yogurts Slaw, wild rocket & micro cress 1 red onion thinly sliced Fresh mint or coriander leaves


METHOD M ETHOD 1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and fry for a few minutes until just beginning to soften. Add the beetroot and fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender. Add the cumin seeds and ginger and cook for 1 minute. 2 Pour the soya milk into a saucepan, bring just to the boil, add the chick pea flour and cook over a medium heat, whisking constantly until very thick and smooth. Season generously, then stir in the fried beetroot and onion mixture and the chick peas. Mix well and then spoon a dessertspoonful onto a chopping board - aim to have 24 equal portions. 3 Heat the rapeseed oil in a mediumsized saucepan to a temperature of

160-180°C/ 325-350°F and deep fry the falafel in batches until browned and crisp. Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Continue until all falafel are cooked. 4 Meanwhile, warm the pitta breads under the grill for a few minutes until hot and puffy. Split and fill pittas with the falafel and a spoonful of yogurt, the salad leaves, slaw, onion and herbs.

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ABOVE: Bishop’s Lynn House was part of the Bagge empire in King’s Lynn. The family’s fortunes were transformed when Thomas Bagge (below) inherited Stradsett Hall and its estate from his father-in-law in 1792. The family still plays a part in the social and civil life of the town, thanks to the work of Sir Jeremy Bagge, pictured opposite outside Stradsett Hall.

The rise and rise of the Bagge family in Lynn... Few families had such an influence on the social and commercial life of King’s Lynn than the Bagges, who provided the town with no less than 18 mayors. Paul Richards take a look at their story.


hen Thomas Bagge (1740-1807) brought his new bride to his refurbished house in Nelson Street in July 1768, having just been married at the nearby church of St Margaret’s, it ensured the place of his family in the high society of King’s Lynn. The newly-wed Pleasance Case was the eldest daughter of Philip Case (1712-92) – four times mayor of King’s Lynn and a man who virtually controlled the public and social life of the town. Philip was a lawyer and property owner with county-wide connections to the landed aristocracy, but although he had three daughters, he had no son through which to sustain

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the Case dynasty in Lynn. Consequently, when he died in 1792 Stradsett Hall and its estate passed to Thomas Bagge and his wife – and it was there that their son Thomas Philip Bagge (1773-1829) was to make his home. From the newlywed’s home in Nelson Street it was but a short walk to the Town Hall on the Saturday Market Place, where Thomas Bagge was (just like his father-in-law) made mayor four times – and his son Thomas Philip followed his father in the role twice. Thomas Bagge had a brother called William who himself was mayor in 1775 and 1783. These two brothers had established the family’s King Street brewery on a firm footing before


History acquiring more tied houses in the town. The brewery had been purchased back in 1693 by John Bagge (1661-1725) who’d migrated to King’s Lynn from Cockley Cley. He lived almost opposite the brewery on the west side of King Street in a house with a fine stone front. His son John was yet another mayor of the town in 1730 when the rather snobbish Earl of Oxford visited King’s Lynn and described Bagge as “a mere brewer.” John Bagge senior had another son named William (1700-1762) who rebuilt the front of a large house on the Tuesday Market Place – known today as Bishop’s Lynn House – and he was the father of the Tom and William introduced above. Not only did these two enterprising brothers expand the Bagge’s profitable brewery estate, but they also built up a merchant fleet of 16 ships, mostly engaged in the coastal trade in corn and coal between King’s Lynn and Newcastle. In addition, they rented a shipyard on the river Nar and employed George Walker. It was here that the Prudence was built in 1777 – 60ft long and weighing 100 tons, it cost £893. Walker was paid £430 in ten instalments and 18 craftsmen were independently contracted to finish the vessel. Its launch into the Nar saw a celebration at the shipyard with supper and ale for all involved and paid for by the Bagges. Buying and selling ships by auction took place regularly in the Duke’s Head, and in 1786 the Bagges sold the Prudence for £770 to a master mariner called Jeremy Bouch. In 1774, the Bagges had purchased a ship for £1,550 and renamed it the Experiment, for fitting out by the Greenland Company, a consortium of King’s Lynn merchants to pursue whaling in the North Atlantic. Sometimes six local whaling vessels departed the river Nar in March and returned in August every year with their catch. In 1797 the Experiment and Fountain sailed home to the Wash with the valuable cargo of 10 and 12 “fish” respectively. The 160 tons of oil extracted from the eleven whales caught by the Experiment in 1818 sold for £6,000. The homecoming of the whaling ships to the river Nar was the main event of the year in South Lynn – although the stink of boiling the blubber in huge coppers afflicted the townspeople for several weeks! Thomas Bagge lived in Nelson Street until his death in 1807, just six years after the death of his brother William at Bishop’s Lynn House in 1801. The latter property was inherited by


ABOVE: The Woolpack, on the corner of the Tuesday Market Place and King Street in King’s Lynn. Part of the Bagge brewery estate, it was rebuilt in 1952 and is now home to Prezzos.

his nephew, another William (17791835), the son of Tom Bagge. In 1812 William gave such a splendid party for his friends that the market place was “illuminated” by the light within. An even bigger party took place on the Tuesday Market Place on 22nd July 1814 when no less than 6,000 citizens sat down for a feast to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon at The Battle of Leipzig. The merchant rulers of King’s Lynn had funded the grand event, no doubt relieved that years of economic disruption were over – and at Bishop’s Lynn House, William Bagge provided more puddings for this popular feast than any other donor! His nephew Richard Bagge (18101890) moved into the house on the death of his uncle in 1835, while his brother William remained at Stradsett as county squire and later member of parliament for West Norfolk. These twin elder sons of Thomas Philip Bagge were treated to a major celebration on the lawn at Stradsett when becoming 21 years of age in June 1831. Richard lived with his wife and children in King’s Lynn but frequently visited Gaywood Hall – which he rebuilt in 1851. This property and estate had come into the Bagge family on the death of Philip Case back in 1792, and the land was sold to the Lynn Council in 1935 for housing development. Between 1711 and 1901 the Bagge family provided King’s Lynn with 18 town mayors, and in St Nicholas’ Chapel can be found a mural monument commemorating 26 members of the family whose ledger stones were largely covered after the installation of new pews in 1852. When the Bagges eventually sold

their King Street brewery and 75 tied houses to Steward & Patterson of Norwich in 1929 (along with Bishop’s Lynn House and all their other town properties) it was somewhat understated in the local press as “an important change”. The Bagges had come full circle from landowners to urban merchants and back in about 250 years, but Sir Jeremy Bagge and his family continue to play a part in the social and civic life of King’s Lynn. Sir Jeremy is, for example, an enthusiastic supporter of True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum – whose six cottages and outbuildings were purchased by the Bagges in 1900. Paul Richards will be hosting a guided walk ‘The Bagge Family in Lynn’ on Wednesday 27th July at 2pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Tourist Information Office at the Custom House in King’s Lynn.

ABOVE: John Bagge, who lived opposite the family brewery and was Mayor of King’s Lynn in 1730.

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ABOVE: A landscape by Sutton Bridge artist Monica Williams (opposite) who took up painting at the age of 72, discovering a way of enjoying the world largely denied her because of a rare medical condition

Monica’s artistic window on the wider world... For some, art is a hobby. For others it’s a career. For self-taught artist Monica Williams it’s a way of exploring a world she is otherwise unable to enjoy, as Richard Parr discovers


or most artists, part of the pleasure of painting is being outside with their easel, paints and brushes and getting close to their chosen subject – making the best use of the natural light, particularly when capturing a land or seascape. But for Monica Williams, painting in the sunshine isn’t an option. Unfortunately, she suffers from a rare condition that means she can’t expose her skin to sunlight, as it leaves her in great pain and discomfort. Fortunately for the self-taught artist, KL magazine has recently come to her rescue and she’s now aiming to use some of Ian Ward’s beautiful colour

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photographs of the area for her inspiration – and can happily sit at her home studio in Sutton Bridge and paint to her heart’s content without fear of ending up in agony. The magazine was only too happy to grant their consent when she wrote and asked permission to reproduce, in paint, some of the photographs which continue to attract widespread appreciative comments from readers. Mrs Williams is a quite remarkable lady. Now aged 83, she only took up painting at the tender age of 72 – but her work is of an amazingly high standard, each picture expertly framed and proudly displayed in her home, where visitors are invited in via a sign

outside on Bridge Road in Sutton Bridge. For someone whose lifestyle is so restricted due to her medical condition, Mrs Williams copes amazingly well and tries to not let her health issue disrupt her life. “I try not to let my condition get me down and I just try to cope as best I can,” she says. “Everyone has health issues, but you just have to get on and try your best to overcome them.” And getting on with life is something she does admirably, and the large and bold paintings that cover the walls of her comfortable home show just how prolific an artist she is. Her subjects are varied and


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contrasting, ranging from landscapes, seascapes and dramatic skies to horses (one of her favourite subjects), ballet dancers and nudes. Her pictures are often quite dramatic and striking, and she can cleverly capture all the excitement of a horse galloping through water. Considering she took up painting at such a late stage of her life and is selftaught, her work is hugely impressive and technically polished, but she remains modest about her talents as an artist. “People often say to me how talented an artist I am,” she says, “but I tend not to see that myself.” Happy to talk about her medical condition, Monica explains that it’s a rare disorder called Erythropietic Protoporphyria (EPP) which causes the skin to become very sensitive to natural light, particularly sunshine and is estimated to affect only 5,000-10,000 individuals around the world. Monica says that if her skin, arms or face are exposed to sunlight her skin can feel as if it’s on fire, so she has to cover her arms with long sleeves and tie a scarf around her face when she makes her rare trips outside. The windows of her lovely home are fitted with blinds which are pulled down during daylight hours to shield her from the sun. People suffering from the condition can suffer great pain when sunlight reaches their skin either directly or indirectly – it can cause tingling, itching, or burning and can be very painful. EPP occurs when there’s a


build-up of a chemical called proto porphyrin in the person’s blood, and is caused by a shortage of an enzyme in the body that normally converts the protoporphyrin into a substance called haem. As a result of this enzyme deficiency, protphyrin levels build up in the blood, and as that passes through the skin, the protoporphyrin absorbs the energy from sunlight, setting off a chemical reaction that can slightly damage surrounding tissues The nerve endings in the skin interpret this as itching or burning pain – and if the blood vessels are affected they can leak fluid causing severe swelling. Monica explains that she’s suffered from the condition her whole life – when at school she couldn’t play with other children in the playground in the summer because she had to avoid the sun. “I was forced to stand in the shade under trees,” she remembers, “and I recall that when my son was a schoolboy I couldn’t watch him take part in school sports days.” Mrs Williams explained how it was that she took up painting so late in life. “I didn’t ever realise I could paint,” she says. “It was only recently that a lady friend from the local church suggested I go along to the local art group. For three weeks I just sat there, but then I just suddenly started drawing. And I’ve never looked back.” She became really enthusiastic when she saw Ian Ward’s photograph of the ruined pier at Snettisham beach that

graced the cover of the June issue of KL magazine. “That picture is simply beautiful,” she said. “I can’t wait to start work on painting that!” But it’s not just on canvas where Monica’s natural creative talents bear fruit, but also in her lovely garden where she works under the protective shade of large trees. “I love nature, particularly the birldlife – and I feed the birds every day by putting food out for them,” she says. “Both in my painting and in the garden I become totally absorbed and find myself in another world and I can forget all about my condition.” Art has given Monica a new view of the world, and she has no intention of stopping now. “I’m quite happy to stay at home now, which makes such a huge difference,” she says. “People do ask me to go out but I often tell them I’m perfectly happy with my brushes and my paints!” A selection of Monica’s paintings will be on show next month (from 8th August to 14th September) at the Picture Craft Gallery in Holt.

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ABOVE: The stage is set for a performance of The Mousetrap at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange last month, which featured popular actress Louise Jameson, pictured opposite preparing for her role as Mrs. Boyle.

Behind the scenes at the Corn Exchange... It was built over 160 years ago, but it’s life as a versatile and popular cultural venue only started in 1996. Clare Bee takes a look behind the curtain at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange.


s we know and love it today, the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn is almost unrecognisable from the building it was over 20 years ago. The facade is largely unchanged, but a few decades ago the interior was only usable for flea markets, trade fairs and the odd event. Jump forward to 2016 and the venue is a shining example of what can be done with a very welcome Lottery grant, a clear and forward-thinking vision, and a huge amount of hard work. Today the Corn Exchange plays host to an incredible variety of shows from opera to comedy nights, from pantomime to one-man (and onewoman!) shows, and everything in

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between. Nina McKenna, Head of Programming and Marketing, is justly proud of the people around her. “They’re a great team,” she says with pride, “people love to come here and they know they’ll be looked after.” Nina’s job is to book all shows, speak to all the promoters and decide on the future schedule. At the moment, the venue is fully programmed to the end of the year and 50% planned up to the summer of 2017. The variety is what makes the job for her, and those around her, so interesting, and they’re always looking for new and exciting shows to bring to the venue. King’s Lynn may not be the easiest town to access, but the Corn Exchange

is ideally situated right in the centre of the town, with large accessible car parks on the Tuesday Market Place in front and on the quay behind. The Corn Exchange is run by a charitable trust; the building itself is owned and maintained by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, but Alive Leisure – which has planned and run all the events staged there for the last 18 months – has to be self-sustainable. The shows and events, therefore, need to be a balance between bigger shows, which will bring in the income, and smaller shows which will encourage local people to support this increasingly popular venue. The balance also has to be reflected in the ticket prices.



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ABOVE: Last month, the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange made its week-long theatrical debut with a performance of Agatha Christie’s famous ‘whodunnit’ The Mousetrap, which featured (from left to right) Tony Boncza as Major Metcalf, Oliver Gully as Christopher Wren and Anna Andresen as Mollie Ralston.

Comedy is always popular and often sell out very quickly. Although the ticket prices are often higher, these are sometimes set by the production company at the same price wherever they are in the country – but they’re much easier to stage. Compared to all the scenery and staff needed to run a ballet show or opera for example, comedy can be much cheaper to stage. When planning for the year ahead, the team ensures they include the regular shows which their customers look forward to seeing. There’s always opera, ballet, comedy, music and children’s shows, alongside the traditional pantomime, which has its regular four-week stint over Christmas (oh yes it does!) There is some routine to the planning, in that generally there’s music in the spring and comedy in the autumn. Up until very recently, weeklong runs of musicals were staged twice a year, but last month the Corn Exchange ventured into week-long theatre for the first time, presenting a production of The Mousetrap. Still running after over 60 years in London’s West End, the national tour of the most famous whodunnit of all time has proved to be a very popular choice to take all over the country. Having never staged week-long theatre at the Corn Exchange it was


something of a gamble, but by choosing one of the most popular plays in the world, it proved a very good choice indeed – the show’s visit to King’s Lynn was practically a sellout. Starring Louise Jameson (who’s appeared in everything from Doctor Who to EastEnders and Doc Martin), the 703-seat auditorium was full every night. Even the matinees sold over 600 tickets. And hopefully none of the capacity audience knew who the guilty party was right until the very end! Regular shows are still the bread and butter for the Corn Exchange however. Up to the end of June the Pantomime sales and reserves had already reached over 8,000 of a possible 20,000, ahead of last year at this stage. By offering an ‘early bird’ scheme with a reduced seat price on tickets bought before July 1st, customers are encouraged to book to come to King’s Lynn for their panto experience. Likewise in the summer, the venue plays a big part in the King’s Lynn Festival and Festival Too. Many of the orchestral and other musical events are held here, and doors are open for music fans to access the bars when Festival Too concerts are held, just outside on the Tuesday Market Place. So far, the Corn Exchange has had a very good year. Quality is very important to those who run it, and with

a loyal customer base, a quality product is key. Local people will often book for a show without knowing a lot about it, but confident that they will be seeing a high standard show. “Within a month we have a very different collection of shows, which appeals to a wide audience and a range of tastes,” explains Nina. “The range of products we’re able to stage here is really quite amazing.” West Norfolk is lucky indeed to have such a venue, with a positive hardworking team bringing it all together. From the managers to the sound and lighting engineers, they all work hard to put on the best quality shows in a modern, accessible and attractive building. For details of what’s on at the Corn Exchange this month, and information on what’s coming up in the future, please see the website at

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“It always sounds strange to say the work we do is rewarding but it really is. Knowing you’ve been there for someone who’s finding life so difficult to cope with makes it all worthwhile...” GILL SALE Branch Director, King’s Lynn Samaritans

The dawn of a new era for King’s Lynn Samaritans... KL magazine talks to Gill Sale, the new Branch Director of King’s Lynn Samaritans about her plans for the future of the service


t’s a pivotal moment for King’s Lynn Samaritans. The branch is currently preparing to move from its home in Queen Street (where it’s been since it was founded by Marian Davies at the end of the 1960s) and it’s also looking forward to 2018, when it celebrates 50 years of providing a valuable local service. But that’s not all. As Keith King’s three-year tenure comes to an end, the branch is welcoming a new Branch Director in the shape of Gill Sale, who’ll be taking King’s Lynn Samaritans through one of the most exciting times in its long and proud history. KL magazine talks to Gill about the work of Samaritans and how she’ll be taking the service forward over the next few years.


KL MAGAZINE: How did you first become involved with Samaritans? GILL SALE: Many years ago I read the book The Samaritans, a book written by Samaritans’ founder Chad Varah – and I felt it was something I’d like to become involved in one day. In October 2000 the time was right for me and I joined King’s Lynn Samaritans. I’ve been a Deputy Director at the branch twice, and for the past three years have held the post of Regional Caller Support Officer for Samaritans East Region. KL MAGAZINE: What’s it like to be a Samaritans volunteer? GILL SALE: It always sounds strange to say the work we do is rewarding but it really is. Knowing you’ve been there for someone who’s finding life so difficult

to cope with – especially at 3am when they can’t ‘phone a friend’ – makes it all worthwhile. It’s challenging too. Even the longest-serving volunteers have no idea who’s going to be on the other end of the phone when it rings and what issues they’re facing in their lives. KL MAGAZINE: How has the Samaritans service changed in recent years? GILL SALE: Samaritans has changed tremendously from the early days of ‘one man, one phone’. Since I joined we’ve embraced new technology by introducing support by e-mail and text, and we’re hoping to offer instant messaging in the near future. We’re also becoming much more ‘proactive’ by going into the wider community to

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offer our support, and I know the volunteers at our branch will embrace all these changes going forward.

“There are in this world, in every country, people who seem to be ‘ordinary’ but who turn out to be extraordinary. They give their total attention. They completely forget themselves. They listen and listen and listen, without interrupting. They have no message. They do not preach. They have nothing to sell. We call them Samaritans...”

KL MAGAZINE: Where do you see King’s Lynn Samaritans today? GILL SALE: After an intensive threeyear recruitment drive our volunteer numbers are now beginning to rise – although we still need more, particularly those prepared to be there for callers who need our support during the night and early morning hours. We’ve also established several important links with various local partnerships in recent years and we need to maintain and develop these.

KL MAGAZINE: What’s the first thing on your ‘to-do’ list? GILL SALE: The organisation is constantly seeking better and more efficient ways to support our callers, and my immediate objective is to build a strong team of Deputy Directors and Officers to work with me in leading the branch forward for the next three years. KL MAGAZINE: How do you see the future for King’s Lynn Samaritans? GILL SALE: This is the start of a very exciting time for King’s Lynn Samaritans, starting with the move to our new premises next year. Our aim will be to make this go as smoothly as possible with the minimum amount of disruption to our service. We’re very pleased that our new centre will enable us to accommodate disabled volunteers and face-to-face callers, something we’ve been unable to offer at our previous building in Queen Street. It will also provide a first-class working environment for our wonderful

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ABOVE: Gill Sale is the new Branch Director of King’s Lynn Samaritans, and will be taking the branch forward through one of the most exciting periods in its 50-year history

team of volunteers. We’re also already looking forward to 2018, when we’ll be celebrating 50 years of providing the service in this part of the country. KL MAGAZINE: How can the local community help and support you in your work? GILL SALE: We know from the many comments we’ve received over the years that our voluntary service has helped many thousands of local people in the King’s Lynn area and indirectly benefitted many local organisations and businesses. In turn, they’ve been tremendously generous in their donations and sponsorship, seeing us an important part of the local community. Our forthcoming move offers another opportunity for local organisations and businesses to be publicly identified as supporting us, through sponsorship, to help furnish and equip our new centre. We’re hoping the publicity generated as we move towards next year’s opening will remind local people of the very important work our local volunteers do and feel inspired to join us – they’ll be very warmly received!

Whoever you are and wherever you are, you can talk to Samaritans at any time on any day of the year, and anyone who calls does so in total confidence. It’s fundamental to our service that no one outside of Samaritans will know what you’ve told us – or even that you’ve been in touch. It’s also important to remember that you can talk to Samaritans about anything. It’s perfectly okay to tell us you’re not having a good time, that you’re stressed out, that you’re scared, alone, or tired. We’re free to call on 116 123 – and in keeping with our policy of strict confidentiality, the number won’t ever appear on your phone bill.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of volunteering with King’s Lynn Samaritans in any capacity, please get in touch by sending an e-mail to volunteering@

information 26 Queen Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HT National Line: 116 123 (this is free to call) Tel: 01553 761616 (local call charges apply) Web:


King’s Lynn Samaritans/Charity Number 268748

KL MAGAZINE: What does the role of Branch Director actually entail? GILL SALE: Essentially, I’m here to ensure that all aspects of our branch activity are delivered according to Samaritans’ policies and procedures – and to manage and support the volunteers in this delivery. Of course, not all decisions are popular, and the Branch Director needs to be approachable and available for volunteers if they have any concerns. Most of all the Director must ensure that volunteers feel and are appreciated; that they are supported and developed to enable them to meet the challenges they face and that the many diverse talents that exist amongst volunteers are harnessed, encouraged and supported to achieve the organisation’s vision which is that ‘fewer people die by suicide’

Dr Chad Varah, CH CBE Founder, Samaritans

Local Arts

ABOVE: A beautiful collagraph by Laurie Rudling and (opposite) an example of the fine silver jewellery created by Madeleine Spencer – both artists will be taking part in the North Norfolk Arts & Crafts summer event at Letheringsett later this month

Celebrating the best of local arts and crafts Six years ago, graphic designer Red Elders had little idea she’d be pioneering a genuine renaissance in local creativity. KL magazine previews this year’s North Norfolk Arts & Crafts summer event...


emember the days when the things you bought were so well-made they’d generally last a lifetime – or at least could be mended by a craftsman – and passed on to your children, and even your grandchildren? The heaviness and solidity of a proper oak chair, the deep lustre of silver cutlery, the warmth and intimacy of a carefully hand-woven textile. Nowadays I’m sure we have all been frustrated by living in a disposable society that churns out badly-made throwaway plastic goods that barely do the job they were made for before breaking and having to be replaced.


It’s not only a continuous drain on our pockets – it’s a constant assault on the environment And just as this profit-led system is beginning to fail, we’re seeing a yearning for a return to quality, a return to craftsmanship and the old ways, and a resurgence of respect for locallyproduced goods. There are real gifts to be gleaned from this renaissance, and we can now see true artists and craftspeople emerging and being respected again, infusing their time-honoured expertise with modern style and technology. North Norfolk has long had a reputation for attracting creative types,

none more so than Red Elders, who arrived here ten years ago to marry and start a family, leaving behind a successful career running her own graphic design business in London. Her two young daughters now keep her well occupied but Red’s never lost the urge or the enthusiasm to create. “I love Norfolk”, she says, “but I was really missing the exceptional standards of creativity that’s so easily found in London.” Red duly organised a number of dance workshops in her village, bringing teachers up from London, and set up a Steiner-based parent-andchild group.

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It was during her time running this group that she met several other creative full-time mothers and was amazed to see the quality of work that were going on (almost unnoticed) in little back rooms and corners of sheds across the region. Knowing how hard it was for these mothers to find the space and time to be creative, and understanding how necessary it was to their sanity, she felt an urge to support them. “I wanted to make a place where the very best artists and craftspeople of the region could gather under one roof,” she says. “A place where they could not only offer their works for sale, but also meet and be inspired by each other.” With so many existing craft fairs in the region, she realised she had to work hard to make the event a cut above the rest. Drawing on her skills and experience as a Creative Director, she envisioned the entire event, designing beautiful posters and putting together a room full of people that would work well together. “It was one of the most important things I learned in London”, she says. “You need to put together a great team, a good balance of people that will get along very well. You notice the subtle difference on entering the room – there’s a great energy already present, even before the public comes in.” The first event in November 2011 was a huge success, managing to bring over 200 visitors to the quiet village of Swanton Novers in just one day. There was a huge buzz afterwards. “People would stop me in the street and tell me how amazing it was,” says Red, “and they were already asking when next year’s was going to be!” By this time she was pregnant with her second child and hadn’t planned to repeat the event, but eventually made the decision to go ahead – largely because she needed to make some money to pay for an independent midwife. “I really wanted another wonderful home birth and the continuity of care from the same midwife,” she says. “It was something the NHS, already stretched to its limits, simply couldn’t guarantee. I realised the craft fair was a way of making everyone happy!” The second fair took place in November 2012, with Red greeting over 400 visitors on the door herself, with her new little baby daughter carried in a sling. “That was when we realised just how big the event had become,” she says. “It was only our second year, but hundreds of people were there, spending thousands of pounds. All the artists and

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craftspeople involved were amazed at the level of interest in their work – and the sales that followed!” Those full-time mothers had only just been managing to squeeze in time to make their incredible creations, but the event made all their efforts worthwhile. “When they suddenly brought home a thousand pounds from their work just before Christmas, they felt justified,” says Red. “The happy result was that their families were more supportive of them, and helped them have that allimportant creative time in the future.” The event is now in its sixth year, but Red has continued to decline offers to expand and ‘sell out’ and has kept the winter event true to its roots by staying at Swanton Novers – and continuing to support the village hall and the

community there. Three years ago, award-winning local organic farm shop, butcher and restaurant Back to the Garden joined the excitement when it started providing the very popular tearoom at the event, selling local handmade cakes and scones with proper coffee and teas. A collaboration was hatched and a new summer Arts & Crafts event was born – all outside in the gorgeous summering gardens designed by Jackie Finch and a beautiful old barn. “Back to the Garden aligns perfectly with our ethos,” says Red. “They sell local, organic goods of exceptional quality. Most of the produce is grown or reared in the fields around and close to Letheringsett, including biodynamic produce from the local Camphill


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ABOVE: An example of Izzy Rainey’s printed textiles and a selection of handmade natural oils by Dandy Lion’s Apothecary – both of whom will feature at this year’s North Norfolk Arts & Crafts summer event , and event that’s growing in stature and popularity

Community at Thornage Hall, which provides supported living, learning and working for adults with learning disabilities." As the summer event grows, Red intends to further deepen the ethics which have emerged to be at its heart. It means buying directly from small local businesses and self employed people. It means making sure our money goes directly to individual people in East Anglia and not to global multinational companies. It means only buying things that are beautiful, of exceptional quality, and are built to last. It means buying items which have been made by hand, with love, right here in Norfolk and it means investing in high quality natural materials such as wood, metal, linen, clay and wool. At this year’s summer event (which takes place at the end of next month) many of the artists and craftspeople taking part will be offering a novel way of obtaining their wares by trade, with no money involved. Although they will be accepting the traditional cash transactions, artists taking part will be displaying a list of various things they want and/or need – a good massage, someone to cut their grass, a new salad bowl. Visitors to the event who can meet any of these needs will then be welcome to negotiate and exchange for items the artist has on offer.


Red is keen to explore this newlyemerging ‘gift economy’, which re-introduces the idea of building relationship into mutual exchange. “It’s the old way of building a community,” she says. “It’s an antidote to our failing monetary system, with its cut-and-dried cold transactions which do nothing to contribute to a more beautiful world. Everyone’s welcome to come along and see for themselves how arts and crafts fairs are being redefined.” The summer event at Back to the Garden takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July, where a specially-curated group of 20 of Norfolk’s finest artists and craftspeople will be showcasing their exceptional creative works in the flower-filled gardens at Back to the Garden. You’ll be able to delight in elegant tableware and homewares, textiles, exquisite silver jewellery, natural handmade apothecary, and much more – together with exceptional coffees, cakes and delicious lunches in a beautifully-restored threshing barn. For unique and unusual handmade goods of the very highest quality, make sure you don’t miss it – not only will you be buying directly from small local businesses and self-employed makers, you’ll be supporting the exceptionally fine artists and craftspeople of this beautiful part of the world.

NORTH NORFOLK ARTS & CRAFTS SUMMER EVENT Back to the Garden, Letheringsett, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7JJ Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July FREE ENTRY

North Norfolk Arts & Crafts is a nonprofit group. For further information, please visit the websites: You can follow North Norfolk Arts & Crafts on Instagram @nnartscrafts and Twitter @nnartscrafts For all enquiries, please contact Red K Elders by e-mailing her at

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The Last Word

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ou may not have heard of Andrew Zisserman, and I must admit our paths have never crossed – even though he was at the University of Sunderland at the same time as myself. However, that probably has something to do with the fact that while I was studying for a BA in Media and Film Studies, Andrew was working on his PhD in theoretical physics. He’s now widely regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of computer vision, but 20 years ago he teamed up with fellow scientist and professor Ian Reid (they were both at the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science) and the pair produced a 12page research paper entitled Goal-directed Video Metrology. It was (bear with me) an investigation into the general problem of accurate metrology from uncalibrated video sequences where only partial information is available, and demontrated that accurate measurements could indeed be obtained from such sources, and that both qualitative and quantitative questions about them could be answered satisfactorily. According to them, anyway. By now, you may well be asking what in the name of all that’s holy this has to do with anything, but the raw material the pair of boffins used to prove their point was the film of Geoff Hurst’s crucial third goal against Germany at Wembley in the World Cup Final of 1966. If there’s anyone out there who does need reminding, the match took place exactly 50 years ago this month, and with England and Germany tied at 2-2 in extra time, Hurst’s shot hit the 106

crossbar and bounced back into play. The English players thought it had crossed the line and started celebrating. The Germans disagreed and played on. The referee (from the suitably neutral Switzerland) duly consulted with his fellow official Tofik Bakhramov, who’s gone down in history as the ‘Russian’ linesman – even though he actually came from Azerbaijan (which was then part of the Soviet Union). The men in black gave the goal, England won the World Cup, and for the last 50 years the decision has been the source of endless debates and continued England-German footballing rivalry. For the English, it’s always been one of the greatest moments in the country’s sporting history. For the Germans it’s always been a clear case of daylight robbery. So did that orange leather ball cross the line or not? Enter professors Reid and Zisserman. Using original film of the 1966 game from two different viewpoints, the pair applied a series of mind-bending mathematical formula to the images, allowing for errors in synchronisation, radial distortion, planarity of the ground plane and motion blur. As you might imagine, it’s heady stuff, and it’s not the sort of thing I’d recommend as bedtime reading. If you don’t believe me, try the following from the lessthan-gripping Section 4 of the couple’s paper: Lines are represented both as homogeneous three vectors and by (inhomogeneous) two-

parameter representations. The uncertainty of a line is represented by a 2x2 covariance matrix, Aa which is computed from edgel uncertainties and where necessary by a 3x3 form for this covariance, denoted Aa (3x3). And you thought the offside rule was hard to understand. I must admit I had a right headache by the time I got to the section rather enticingly called Conclusions. After some preamble about ‘transforming primitives’ and ‘ground plane homography’ Reid and Zisserman were able to say “with certainty” that Geoff Hurst’s shot in 1966 did not cross the line. In fact, even the pair’s most conservative estimate left the ball 6cm from being a goal. Some people (especially the Germans) might have hailed the paper as the long-awaited solution of a 50year-old controversy. Not so Reid and Zisserman. They prosaically described their work as “a compelling example of the power of uncalibrated techniques.” Where’s a Russian linesman when you need one?

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