Brundall in Norfolk is a large Broadland village about 7 miles east of Norwich off the road to Yarmouth.  It is on the River Yare and has two railway stations.  The population was a mere 63 in 1836 but once Norfolk’s first railway was opened in 1844 it grew over the years to the approximately 5,000 that it is today.  Click on 'Brundall Village' to find out more.

Brundall Local History Group usually meets on the third Thursday of the month in The Memorial Hall for a talk.  See ‘Meetings’ for details.  We charge £2.50 for the evening which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit, or you can pay an annual subscription of £12 and become a member.  Members are admitted free to the talks and also receive quarterly newsletters.  Both visitors and new members are always very welcome.

We aim to discover as much as we can about Brundall’s history, to record it, and to share it.  If you think you may have information or photographs that we don’t, we’d love to hear from you; also if you have any queries.  Our email address is at the bottom of this page.




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Slide Show of old Brundall

Click on 'Photographs' to see many more pictures from our extensive collection

How it all began:
A set of scrapbooks were compiled by the then manager of Brundall Library, Sheila Evans, between 1988 and 2000 in response to enquiries from local schoolchildren.  Inspired by her predecessor’s work, Library Manager Barbara Ayers decided to co-ordinate a book in the Halsgrove Community History Series.  About 20 interested people met and after two years of interviewing residents past and present, and other research, produced ‘The Book of Brundall and Braydeston’ in 2007.  It was then decided that this was just the beginning of finding out about Brundall’s past and the group continued.


Nothing on this website may be copied or published without the permission of the Brundall Local History Group. This does not mean we will not give permission, but you do have to ask us. The archive material has come from many sources and there are many copyright holders.

Contact Us:
If you want to know more about Brundall Local History Group or about Brundall, or if you have archive material relating to Brundall or you are aware of any errors or omissions, please send us an e-mail. We are friendly and helpful and we are always keen to talk about Brundall and its history. Our e-mail address is:


Our next meeting

The story of Norwich's Royal Arcade
An illustrated talk by David Bussey
Thursday May 17 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall.

The arcade is a result of a partnership between George Skipper, architect of Surrey House and Jarrold's, and the ceramicist William Neatby. The talk will show how their creative ideas came together in this remarkable building.
Members free, non-members £2.50.

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What we do

In the process of writing the book a large amount of material was amassed and this was digitalised by Gerry Hawkins and formed the basis of our archive.  This archive has been used to produce books, talks, and displays etc.  Wendy Ward has used some of the photographs to publish postcards, greetings cards, notelets and calendars.  You can see our items for sale by clicking on the ‘shop’ button.
Brundall is near to Norwich and yet on the edge of the countryside and the Broads, and the subject matter of our monthly talks reflects this. 
We have written books about some of the houses in the village and their occupants, the trees of Brundall and Braydeston, Brundall House Auxiliary Hospital 1914-16 and the Parish Church of St Laurence. 
We often sell our books and have displays at village events.
One of our members co-ordinated with The University of Cambridge’s Higher Education Field Academy and arranged test pit digs in residents’ gardens.  Click on Interesting Stuff and then Test Pit Digs for more information.