Past and PresentBrundall Past and Present in Photographs

See what's changed in the village over the years!

This book has more than 100 photos showing vintage images alongside contemporary views.

It is available at Brundall Home Hardware in Links Avenue, Brundall, priced at £7.50. Just ask for it at the counter!   

Dates for your diary - our new programme

We are looking forward to resuming our meetings with talks on Saturday afternoons in the autumn, and have some excellent speakers lined up.

Matt Champion will begin our season on October 2nd 2021 with a talk about Medieval Graffiti;and then on November 6th we can find out about the history of Jarrolds with Pete Goodrum. On January 8th 2022 Barbara Miller will tell us about the Norwich shoe trade and Georgette Vale will be in costume when she invites us to tea with Elizabeth Fry on February 5th.

Those of you who saw Phyllida Scrivens 'Zoom' her talk about the Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich know we have something to look forward to when she gives us her talk about the Great Thorpe Railway Disaster on 5th March. If you don't already know you will be able to find out what part Brundall played in this tragic event. Phyllida has a new book coming out about this. 

Our next speaker, on 2nd April, has also just written a book, about the misericords in Norwich Cathedral. On 7th May Joy Evitt will tell us about some Extraordinary Women who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. 
Put these dates in your diary now!

Find out about our events for 2021-2 here

Join the Brundall Local History Group

Why not sign up to the BLHG? Your membership annual subscription of £12 covers the following:

  •  Free admission to BLHG’s annual programme of talks at Brundall Memorial Hall, Links Avenue (£2.50 to visitors)
  •  Receipt of our regularly published Brundall & Braydeston Chronicle containing new local research and stories
  • Regular e-news to keep you up to date with local history related events and activities
  • Opportunities to join our Archive Working Group of volunteers  to help catalogue the BLHG community archive collection
  • The maintenance and upgrading of our website , packed with local stories, images and learning resources.
  • A contribution towards the research and production of new local publications, community learning resources and outreach work

Street NamesDiscover your road's history

Brundall Local History Group has compiled an alphabetical list of all the present street names in Brundall with an explanation of their origins.

Click here to discover the origin of your street's name

Brundall Primary School

In partnership with the school, Brundall Local History Group has been researching and compiling local memories and photographs of everyday life in the village over the last 50 years.
The school officially opened in September 1969, the first school to be built in the village. .

A set of learning resources was successfully delivered to the school for its special “Brundall Memories” study week in February. This generated interest and enthusiasm among the teachers and children and wonderful feedback has been received about the work our materials inspired.

Although public events connected with the project were postponed, Brundall Local History Group produced a series of free and easily-downloadable digital materials for home learning and enjoyment,supported by the Co-op’s Community Fund. Now they are available online for everyone to enjoy.

Visit the Brundall Memories collection here

Make a railway journey from your armchair

People listening in lockdown can get a nostalgic taste of the sounds of summer in East Anglia and along the Wherry Lines. The link below takes you to an audio-file taking a journey from Lowestoft to Norwich via Brundall Gardens where Greg Chandler, the Brundall Gardens station adopter, talked to our chairman, Chloe Veale, about the history of the Gardens. 
Click this link to listen to the podcast and find out more about the Wherry Lines

Messing about on the river - in 1975

A River in Winter
 If you have 20 minutes to spare, why not take a look at this 1975 film 'A River in Winter: The Yare from source to sea", from the Norfolk Windmill Trust’s YouTube Channel. It is available here: Produced in 1975, the film describes the journey of the River Yare from its source near Shipdham to Breydon Water. When it reaches Brundall it shows various scenes of boat building and maintenance work.

Other scenes include the digging of the UEA Broad, the building of the A11 bridge near Cringleford and at Reedham it shows the railway swing bridge in operation and a lovely section with retired marshman Reggie Mace.

Looking for a lockdown read?Janet Muter Rescue of a Garden

Why not take a look at our collection of Brundall books for sale?  We have a fine collection on offer, including a limited number of copies of Janet Muter's fascinating account of the history and restoration of the magnificent gardens at Lake House, Brundall: Rescue of a Garden at the reduced price of £8.50.

There is also Brundall Past and Present in Photographs,
which reproduces vintage images from the group's Community Archive alongside contemporary views.

Another one to look out for is Trees of Brundall and Braydeston,
made up of eleven leaflets written by John Fleetwood, then Brundall tree warden. Two volumes of Houses of Brundall and Braydeston are on offer, along with other books revealing the history of our village.
See our shop page for sales of our books.

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

A still from the film
                                              - copyright EAFAOn 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, courtesy of the East Anglian Film Archive.

Welcome to Brundall
Local History Group

Linking generations across the

community through collecting,

preserving & sharing

information & memories about our history and heritage

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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. 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 (BLHG) is planning to meet monthly on Saturday afternoons in The Memorial Hall for a talk.  See ‘Our Events’ for details and dates. 

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, if you know of any errors or omissions, or if you want to know more about the Brundall or the BLHG we’d love to hear from you.

And if you have any queries for us, please email and we'll do our best to help.


Copyright: 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.