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:

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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

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 examining the buildings in Norfolk produced by Boulton and Paul. The Documentary Research Group are in the process of sifting through the 132 boxes kept at the Norfolk Record Office. These contain the Boulton and Paul archives and Jim Colman's papers as company archivist. Most boxes have been examined and the contents recorded. The group are now photographing pages from the over 100 catalogues, which are revealing a wide range of buildings including, residences, village halls, boathouses, revolving shelters, churches and hospitals. The next step will be identifying and recording buildings in Norfolk which are still standing.  

The Village Hall in Poringland - soon to be demolished (top left) and former school building at Deopham (top middle) and St Felix Chapel Babingley (two photos by Ricky Hetherington). 

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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. 


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 

The next lecture in 2018- 2019 season is on Thursday 17th January 2019: Members’ evening: a chance for members to introduce their own research or projects. Brian Ayres - Martin, Mathew and a putative lost market. Susan & Michael Brown - 3-5 Castle Street, Thetford.  For information about lectures go to Events

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A lecture of interest to members organised by Norfolk Geology Society.
January 10th 2019. The study of buildings stones: architectural history and geological outreach. by Dr Ruth Siddall, University College London.
The study of building stones in the UK has been an active field of study for many years, though academic geologists often regard this topic as one for amateur geologists with little purpose outside outreach activities. This talk aims to take an alternative, architectural and art historical viewpoint and to present some adventures in urban geology. These include studies of Rococo sculpture and East Anglian rubble-built churches, and much in between, to show that a knowledge and understanding of building and sculptural materials has been an essential aspect of our built heritage and cultural histories.

Thursday January 10th 2019, at 7.30pm, in Room 1.01, ZICER Building, University of East Anglia. (For directions to the venue, please see

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.  

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