The Norfolk Historic Building Group (NHBG) was founded in 2000 to bring together people who enjoy and appreciate old buildings and want to learn more about them. The Group:

For information about how to join the Group go to membership.  

Diane Barr has put together information about documents used to research the history of a building, most recently a piece about Land Tax Assessment. See the Sources page


Research and Publications

New NHBG Project: Boulton and Paul (B&P) Buildings.  

B&P manufactured a range of buildings for about a hundred years from the 1860s. They were produced in Norwich in small sections to be transported all over the British Isles and abroad.

NHBG is working on a project of the buildings in Norfolk produced by Boulton and Paul. This involves: finding out the information available B&P buildings at Norfolk Records Office, the Museum of Norwich at the Brideswell and elsewhere; and identifying existing buildings and recording them. 

 
The Village Hall in Poringland - soon to be demolished (left) and former school building at Deopham (right). 

For more information see featured event. Members who are interested in getting involved in the project please contact 
nhbgboultonandpaul@btinternet.com 

Little Walsingham. 
Volume 6 of NHBG Journal which explores the North Norfolk Pilgrimage Centre of Little Walsingham was published in 2015. 
 
   

  

Ian Hinton gave a talk to NNAS (Norfolk and Norwich Archaelogical Society) about Walsingham Project on Saturday November 4th. For more information go to  NNAS site. 

Hempnall.

NHBG is revisiting some of the houses it examined in Hempnall some years ago to undertake a measured survey. It is often the minute details of a property (such as a specific peghole or a particular timber) which can reveal a property's hidden earlier history. Many of the houses appear to have been built in the early seventeenth century appearing to confirm Hoskin's 1953 proposal of "The Great Rebuilding" of houses nationwide in the period between 1575 and 1625. Some Hempnall houses- 

  



NHBG lectures, activities and visits 

Next NHBG lecture is on December 7th. Adam Longcroft: Reflections on a career researching Norfolk vernacular architecture For more information go to Events

Just announced: Karen Mackie will speak on "How I caught Cotmania" at Members Evening on January 17th 2018. Karen, a long time member of NHBG, has recently moved to Leeds where she is involved a project about Norfolk's own John Sell Cotman and which includes the development of a web-based archive entitled Cotmania.org. Leeds Gallery are currently showcasing many of Cotman's sketches and some of his best watercolours. The exhibition, called "Shelter from the Storm" is on between 13 October – 21 January 2018. 

Summer Visits 
2017 summer visits included a meeting with Lincolnshire Group at Walsingham (left) and Walk round Thetford (right). 

 


2016 summer visits included Wiveton Hall dated 1652/3 and greatly extended in 1908 by the architect Sir Guy Dawber, Brisley Hall a complex building with two stair towers and inserted corridors and a ceiling probably brought from another house and Norwich stonemason's guild.   

 
  


Winter lectures and summer activities are reported in 
NHBG's newsletters.  

To find out more about NHBG and about becoming a member go to membership.