WELCOME TO BRUNDALL LOCAL
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. And if you have
any queries for us, please email email@example.com
and we'll do our best to help.
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publication - take a look back in time
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
Check them out on our Shop page.
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.
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:
STRANGERS' HALL VISIT - JUNE 21 at 2pm
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:
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - JULY 19
Why not come along and find out more about what we
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
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
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
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
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