Brundall local
                  history group logoBrundall 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. And if you have any queries for us, please email enquiries@brundallvillagehistory.org.uk and we'll do our best to help.




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Our latest publication - take a look back in time

The Manor Garage, Brundall

This 1936 photo is of the Manor Garage in The Street, Brundall. Originally a barn to the Manor House next door, it opened as a garage in 1922, and is still thriving, although without the petrol, today. Two of its former owners are in the picture - to find out who they were, take a look at our latest publication.
 Brundall Past and Present in Photographs reproduces vintage images from the group's archive alongside contemporary views, taken on or near the same spot.  Historical captions provide fascinating insights into why and how certain changes have taken place.
  Click here to find out more about Brundall Past and Present in Photographs and how you can get your copy

There is more fascinating information about the history of Brundall in our range of publications.
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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:

Next meeting


                        Hall, Norwich, courtesy of Norfolk Museums

Take a tour of Strangers Hall, with a fascinating talk specially for the Brundall Local History Group from Helen Hoyte MBE on the Strangers themselves.
Her latest book, The Strangers of Norwich, tells the story of the religious refugees who made their home in Norfolk from 1565, working in the textile industry and helping to make Norwich the prosperous city it became.
Her illustrated talk will recount the mixed reception they received, and paints a picture of life in Tudor Norwich - including the visit of Queen Elizabeth I in 1578.
The tour will give a chance to see the refurbishment of Strangers Hall, which featured recently in Alice Roberts' Channel 4 series Britain's Most Historic Towns. The charge is £4.70, with £4.45 for concessions.
Numbers are limited, so please email us if you would like to secure a place: enquiries@brundallvillagehistory.org.uk


Why not come along and find out more about what we do?
We welcome new members, and anyone who has an interest in our village history.

You'll be able to see a rare video of a wedding at the White Horse Inn... in 1949. We've just seen the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle... but this was a more austere affair in the post-war years. Nevertheless, there was brown ale and ice-cream!

You will also get a glimpse of the programme for 2018-2019, which has some fascinating projects for the village in the important year of the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

Thursday 19th July at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall.

Membership forms and committee nomination forms are available to download on the meetings page

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.

In the process of writing the book a large amount of material was amassed and this was digitised 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 here.

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. 

One of our members co-ordinated with The University of Cambridge’s Higher Education Field Academy and arranged test pit digs in residents’ gardens.  See Test Pit Digs for more information.