Paston - Places and People

Welcome to the story of the Paston family. The Pastons grew from small beginnings in the north east Norfolk village of Paston to become a family of considerable influence across the county for the next three centuries. But they are best known because about two thousand letters and other documents to and from family members have survived from that time to tell us many details of their lives.

Here's one of the latest developments from our Footprints 600 project, which you can read further about below. This video helps explain some of the work we've undertaken to bring some of the Paston properties back to life - starting with Paston Hall in the Norfolk village of Paston.

Most of our pages are about the family and will eventually contain all the letters as well as links to such sites as the British Library, where you can see the letters as originally written. We also include some pages about the village of Paston itself.

If you've read or heard about our National Lottery Heritage Fund award under the heading Paston Footprints, and you'd like to know more, then click the HOME menu and select the Volunteers option.If you think you'll be interested, please contact us via the Feedback form and we'll keep in touch as things develop.

You'll also find plenty about the exciting 600 Footprints project in the Footprints menu, at the top right. There's a couple of pages of introductions and then there's a page showing some of the areas of interest and methods of study for those wishing to take part. If it's for you, then log in: it's not an open log-in system; as soon as our moderator has picked up on your area of interest, we'll be able to assess your participation and set up access to the forum section).

This site is under development for Paston Footprints under a scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Bear with us as we gradually add material; please don't regard some of the data sets as complete for the present.

The Paston story, whether the family or the village, will never fully be told on this site but we'll gradually be adding material on interest at all levels, from the youngest studying Medieval times and the Tudors at school to those who want to investigate their own family history. In particular we are providing significant resources for historians researching times past and some interactive tools you can use to make your own investigations.


Read about a rediscovery which sheds light on the Pastons and their lives. Click to hear about Anna Paston, a long-forgotten child of the late 15th century.

The name Paston applies to a number of settlements in England. A few pages of the web site deal directly with the village of Paston on the north Norfolk coast. Historically it is a unique place, for the family that took their name from the village provides us with the most comprehensive record of medieval day to day life that exists. The 'Paston Letters', give a glimpse into the Tudor world, the time of the 'Wars of the Roses', of country life and life at court, in a way that no other documents offer.

The site has been developed especially to support the work being undertaken with Heritage Lottery Fund support. You can see other information on what we are doing by clicking on the Paston Heritage Society web site.