Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Brundall's railway line

Arrival at brundall stationFirst opened in 1844, the railway connecting the city of Norwich and the coast at Great Yarmouth is now part of the Greater Anglia operated Wherry Lines, and to celebrate this special 175th anniversary, the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership invites you to join the celebrations.

The original route ran via Brundall, Cantley and Reedham and work began 1843. A ceremonial opening took place on 30 April 1844 with the first passenger trains running the following day.

The arrival of the railway transformed Brundall, as more commuters moved out of the city to make their home in the village.

A programme of events including a family event at the 'Blue' Co-op and a talk on the railway are planned - find out more here.

Welcome to Brundall Local History Group

Brundall in Norfolk is a large Broadland village about seven miles east of Norwich off the road to Yarmouth.  It is on the River Yare and has two railway stations - Brundall Station is pictured right. 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. 

Brundall Local History Group usually meets on the third Thursday of the month in The Memorial Hall for a talk.  See ‘Our Events’ 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.

Watch a rare film of a wedding reception in Brundall in 1949.

On a blustery November afternoon in 1949, guests arrive at the Roman Catholic Chapel of St George in  Fishergate, Norwich, to attend the wedding of Henry Woods and Remina Valori.  Brief glimpses of the inside of the chapel show the ceremony under way, before the newlyweds emerge smiling and posing for photographs.The bridal party departs in the Rolls Royce cars with the guests following in a pair of coaches, all headed for the reception venue: the White Horse in Brundall.
Find out more and view the film, courtesey of the East Anglian Film Archive.


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
Railway history revealed

Brundall Gardens station in the snow 

July  25   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  followed by a talk: 175 years young by Trevor Garrod, chairman of the East Suffolk Travellers Association. The very first railway to open in Norfolk celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. It connected the city of Norwich with the coast at Great Yarmouth, and is now part of the Wherry Lines.
Entrance to the AGM and talk is free.

Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall, 7.30pm.

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

Limestone Country: Jacky Heath has kindly provided us with a precis of her fascinating talk on limestone for those who missed it or who want to find out more. Click here for details


WW1 Armistice commemorations

An image from the exhibition

 Read more about the event and about Brundall in the war.


In brief...

WATER, MILLS AND MARSHES PROJECT: An opportunity for community archaeology in this area is now being offered under the Heritage Lottery funded “Water, Mills & Marshes” project. Find out more.