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.  
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To explore current activities and issues relating to historic houses go to NHBG Facebook group  (click on icon at top right) and/or Twitter page These give information about current talks. 

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

Hempnall- Volume 7 of NHBG's Journal published in 2020. 

The result of many years of researching the documentary evidence and undertaking detailed work on 45 houses in Hempnall. The Journal provides an historic background to Hempnall and its houses and a detailed analysis of each of 45 houses. It considers the houses in relation to WG Hoskins’ theory of ‘The Great Rebuilding’ in the late C16 which argued that the old medieval style of open-hall houses gave way to houses with chimneys and floors throughout. The volume is 200 pages long, with over 800 colour photos, maps and measured drawings. 

It is now available to members for £8 per copy and £15 to non-members. It can be posted at a cost of an additional £4. To purchase a copy, email or write to The Treasurer at 134 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0SB with a cheque made out to ‘NHBG’ and your address. 

The cover of Hempnall Volume and two Hempnall houses- 



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- including to Antartica.

NHBG is examining the buildings in Norfolk produced by Boulton and Paul. The Documentary Research Group are examining the 132 boxes kept at the Norfolk Record Office. These contain the Boulton and Paul archives and the papers of Jim Colman, the company archivist. The group are now photographing pages from the over 100 catalogues, (see below) 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.  

Some B&P buildings still stanging in Norfolk include: The Village Hall in Poringland - soon to be demolished (top left) former school building at Deopham (top right), St Felix Chapel Babingley (photo bottom left by Ricky Hetherington), gates designed by Boulton and Paul- including those for Eaton Park - found in the archives (bottom right). 

Spotted recently in George Plunkett website ( A photograph of Tin Hut, Market Square Norwich which served as police station until it was demolished in 1938 when City Hall was opened and Market area was redeveloped. It features in the B&P catalogue for 1913. 
For more information see featured event.

Members who are interested in getting involved in the project please contact 

Little Walsingham. 
Volume 6 of NHBG Journal exploring 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 2019. For more information go to  NNAS site. 

NHBG lectures, activities and visits 

Unfortunately, NHBG's Summer 2020 events had to be cancelled. We hope to be back with a series of visits in 2021. Below is some information about visits in previous years. More information about visits in earlier years can be seen on the Facebook page. 

Winter lectures are zoom sessions available to members. For information about these lectures and those in 2019/2020 go to Events

To find out more about NHBG and become a member go to 

Summer Visits 2019.
These included: a Churches Day starting at Beachamwell, a day exploring the stones used in Norfolk’s churches, starting at Halvergate church, a walk round the walls of Great Yarmouth; and around Bungay with a local historian prior to lunch and AGM, a visit to a C16 timber house and party and a visit to a house thought to be started in about 1500 and the church next door.

Photos from two of 2019 summer visits.
Discovering building stones: getting close to stonework at Wickhampton church, very close at Reedham. Quern stone amidst the flint at Halvergate church. 


NHBG members at Barton Bendish churches, May 2019. 



There are lots of photos of NHBG 2018 churches visit on the NHBG facebook group- press on facebook icon at top left of this page. We visited Shelton, Bedingham and Fritton St Catherine.

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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