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Hello North Walsham. My maternal great/great/great grandfather William Pope, born Witton 1799, was your Newsagent/ Postmaster/ Hatter/ Auctioneer/ Valuer c1830 until his passing away 1864 leaving wife Jane (Mace) and 5 children (and your loke "Pope's Passage" next door to his home and place of business). One day I must find out if the town has any more memories (including of his parents and family, whom I must admit I cannot trace despite a long search). Yours, in history, Dennis.
Message from: Dennis Cochran (03/02/2017)
Seeking picture of ancestral Scarburgh House in North Walsham, Norfolkshire, England as well as any history of Scarburgh Family and migration from Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. My 7th Great Grandfather William Scarburgh/Scarborough (b. ABT 1630: d. 16 March 1676/77) immigrated from North Walsham to Surry County, Virginia sometime before 29 December 1656. He was hanged for his part in Nathaniel Bacon's Rebellion against the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, Sir William Berkeley, reputedly one day before a pardon for William Scarburgh arrived from the King.
Message from: Lemuel Alexander Scarbrough (16/01/2017)
Heart charity appeals for North Walsham community to support new fundraising drive to help beat heart disease The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on the people of North Walsham to help accelerate the fight against heart disease by starting a new fundraising group in the local area. Around 5250 people across North Norfolk are fighting a daily battle with heart and circulatory disease. Each year these devastating conditions claim the lives of more than 422 people in North Norfolk alone. The nations heart charity is calling on the local community to take heart and join the fight against heart disease by starting up a new fundraising group in North Walsham and raising vital funds for heart research. Our fundraising groups are the face of the BHF in their local communities. From running fundraising events to supporting schools and local businesses and organising collections, they are a fantastic way to support our vital work. Any time that you can give will be invaluable, because every pound raised from our fundraising groups will help fund vital research and identify new treatments that could help save lives. Dawne Hart, BHF Fundraising Manager for Norfolk, said: 'Heart disease is heartless. Too many lives are lost in North Walsham and the surrounding areas each year, and were determined to do everything we can to protect more families from this devastation. 'By starting up this new fundraising group you can help us fund the research thats so desperately needed to bring us closer to beating heart disease. Together we can save more lives, and its a fantastic way to meet new people and make a real difference in your community in North Walsham!' BHF research has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease over the past 50 years, but there is still a long way to go. Through the publics generosity the BHF will fund half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years. For more information, please visit www.bhf.org.uk/localfundraising and to join the fight by setting up a new Fundraising Group contact Dawne Hart on hartd@bhf.org.uk or 07920088232. ENDS For more information contact Emily Garner on 0207 554 0227 or email garnere@bhf.org.uk. Alternatively, contact the BHF Press Office on 020 75540164, Out of Hours on 07764 290381 or email newsdesk@bhf.org.uk About the BHF For over 50 years weve pioneered research thats transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. But so many people still need our help. From babies born with life-threatening heart problems to the many Mums, Dads and Grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure. Join our fight for every heartbeat in the UK. Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to peoples lives
Message from: Alison Adams (29/11/2016)
Someone asked about the Second World War 'Y' directing-finding station at North Walsham. 'Y' stations usually comprised a hut and four aerials to N, S, E and W, and were often in the middle of farmers' fields. There is an interesting square feature on the 1946 air photos in the middle of a field at TG 25942 30286 and this is on the right alignment. This is just over the border in Felmingham. You can see the 1946 air photo online at http://www.historic-maps.norfolk.gov.uk/

We also have some information on this from Bletchley, as follows:-
"According to the file 'Lists and locations of Y stations', preserved at The National Archives under the reference HW 41/401, the Y station at North Walsham was located at map reference G719484. However, this is a British military, Cassini grid, map reference. The modern Ordnance Survey equivalent is approximately TG 25920 30366 (the Cassini and modern OS grid systems are difficult to compare). You may also wish to know that North Walsham was a Direction Finding station administered by the British Army. As a D/F station, North Walsham would have provided bearings on transmitters, but would not have taken down the content of the transmissions".

I think that the mystery is probably solved. If anyone can confirm or provide more information I'd be very keen to receive it.

David Gurney
Historic Environment Manager (County Archaeologist)
Norfolk County Council
david.gurney@norfolk.gov.uk
Message from: David Gurney (04/10/2016)
For Valerie Ellis re Knapton House
I have information for you. Please send your email address.
Message from: Ann Phillips (29/03/2016)
Hello. I am interested in genealogy and am trying to locate a property in North Walsham, Norfolk. By my records it was (or still is) called Knapton House (Manor). This is where my great grandparents met in the late 1880's. Both were in service there. My husband and I are visiting England this April and would like to see the property if possible. I do have the information that it was converted into flats. Any additional information or photos would be greatly appreciated. With thanks, Valerie Ellis
Message from: Valerie Ellis (08/03/2016)
Forgot to say, if you can help please email me at nigelpeacock781@btinternet.com. Thansk.
Message from: Nigel Peacock (11/11/2015)
I have a photograph which included my grandmother, born 1870, as an infant, her mother and father and her father's father. Their name was Wilson and were bricklayers/builders. The 1871 Census has them living on Hall Lane. The photograph has the four of them outside a rather grand front door. Is there anyone I could send the photo to who could possibly identify the building and say if it is still standing.

Thanks in anticipation

Nigel Peacock
Message from: Nigel Peacock (11/11/2015)
My wifes aunty used to have a chalet near the bluebell pub.We had many happy times there including our honeymoon.
She sold it a while back but i beleive the site is now a caravan park. We were wondering if they were for rental and how o contact them?

Message from: brian day (26/08/2015)
I am trying to find relatives and or records or photos of my 1934 Singer car and it's original owner. It was purchased in April 1934 from Carrs Autos by a Mr J A Chase of the Vicarage North Walsham. Any help or recollections would be most appreciated.
Message from: Alan Crosby (28/08/2014)
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