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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Castles and secrets, textiles and treasures

Escaping Hitler, Joe Stirling and
                          Phyllida ScrivensWe have a fascinating series of events lined up for the 2018-2019 season, which is our tenth year.
  • A look at the exciting future for Norwich Castle, with a major grant set to transform the building many of us have known since our childhood
  • The story of a Kindertransport refugee who escaped Hitler to become Sheriff of Norwich
  • The secrets of Norwich - and how they came to be revealed in a new book
  • And a chance to see behind the scenes of the fabulous costume and textile collections of the Norfolk Museums Service at the Shire Hall.

Find out more and get the dates in your diary by visiting our events page

World War One Armistice Commemorations 1918 – 2018: A Community Programme for Brundall

Brundall church commemorative windowA fascinating programme of events is planned for November 10th and 11th 2018 in Brundall to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, grant-aided by Brundall Parish Council.
  • A new war memorial in the form of a shard will be dedicated at the entrance to the cemetery on Cucumber Lane in an event open to all villagers.
  • A two-day exhibition will be held at the Memorial Hall which will tell the stories of those who died and look at Brundall on the home front.
  • A free War Memorials Discovery Trail leaflet, devised by the Brundall Local History Group, will be launched in November as a practical guide and map to the war memorials around the village.

Find out more on our Armistice Commemorations page which will be updated as this important event for Brundall comes closer.


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
A journey back in time to the great war

Ste[hen Browning Stephen Browning takes us back to the Norfolk Coast in the Great War.
This illustrated talk will be based upon material in the book ‘Norfolk Coast in the Great War’ by Stephen Browning. This unique study begins by considering life in Norwich in the war and gathers together fascinating stories, some never published before, about settlements on the coast from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth.
October 18, Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall, 7.30pm.

Find out more from our new events calendar for 2018-2019.

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. 

Over the years members have worked with the University of Cambridge’s Higher Education Field Academy and arranged test pit digs in residents’ gardens. Find out more.