Paston - Places and People

Events

Heritage Open Day Tour, Maids Head Hotel
Footprint Events
19 Sep, 2019 ~ 15:00
Maids Head Hotel
Heritage Open Day Tour, Maids Head Hotel Norwich tour guide Paul Dickson introduces the secrets and story of the hotel and area.
Heritage Open Day Tour, Maids Head Hotel
Footprint Events
20 Sep, 2019 ~ 13:00
Maids Head Hotel
Heritage Open Day Tour, Maids Head Hotel Norwich tour guide Paul Dickson introduces the secrets and story of the hotel and area.
Medieval pageantry and practices.
Paston Heritage Society
21 Sep, 2019 ~ 10:00-16:00
Bowthorpe Church
Medieval pageantry and practices. Medieval costumes, workshops - paper–making and calligraphy, history & nature trails. Refreshments and displays of archive material.
Training for Volunteers, Paston Letters database
Footprint Events
17 Oct, 2019 ~ 17:00-18:30
Norfolk Record Office
Training for Volunteers, Paston Letters database An opportunity for those helping with the on-line digitisation of the Letters. Booking necessary. Interested in helping? See the 'Volunteer's page on this site.
The Pastons and Great Yarmouth
Footprint Events
19 Oct, 2019 ~ 09:30-16:30
Imperial Hotel, Great Yarmouth
The Pastons and Great Yarmouth A day symposium, with nationally acclaimed speakers, to be held at the Imperial Hotel Great Yarmouth. Click for further details and for booking.
Paston, Bromholm and the Paston Family
Footprint Events
7 Nov, 2019 ~ 19:30
Bacton Village Hall
Paston, Bromholm and the Paston Family An evening of heritage to see work completed by the Paston Footprints 600 project on Paston and Bromholm Priory - and what's to come.
Gresham - Castle and Heritage
Footprint Events
14 Nov, 2019 ~ 19:30
Gresham Village Hall
Gresham - Castle and Heritage An evening of the Pastons and Gresham - and plans for the Gresham phase of the Footprints 600 project.
Puddings and Pies
Footprint Events
17 Nov, 2019 ~ 15:00
Blofield Church
Puddings and Pies A concert by the Hexachordia trio at Blofield church, using musical instruments from Paston times.
Sir John Fenn & the Discovery of the Paston Letters
Footprint Events
22 Nov, 2019 ~ 14:00
Maids Head Hotel
Sir John Fenn & the Discovery of the Paston Letters Sir John Fenn attends in person to tell us about the discovery of the fascinating Paston Letters.
Training for Volunteers, Paston Letters database
Footprint Events
23 Nov, 2019 ~ 10:00-11:30
Norfolk Record Office
Training for Volunteers, Paston Letters database A Saturday opportunity for those helping with the on-line digitisation of the Letters. Booking necessary. Interested in helping? See the 'Volunteer's page on this site.

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 use one of the options below. You'll also find plenty about the exciting 600 Footprints project in the Footprints menu, on the bar above. We're currently looking to expand the list of volunteers who are helping with aspects of the database of letters; you'd need a computer and broadband connection as the task is done on screen.

You don't have to be able to read medieval script though if you can, there may be some advantages. We're just looking for volunteers to check and expand on what's already been done. Here's the volunteering button!

We're also developing interest groups which you can join if you wish - for questions and also to provide us with answers! A forum group on Heraldry is getting under way; see the Volunteers page for more information.

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.