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ISBN: 9780857040978
AUTHOR: Mary Trett & Richard Hoggett with the Happisburgh Heritage Group
The Book of Happisburgh
The Book of Happisburgh
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Famous for the erosion which has dramatically reshaped its coastline, the north-east Norfolk village of Happisburgh can truly claim to have witnessed the full range of human history.

Recent archaeological excavations on Happisburgh beach have found internationally significant evidence for the earliest human occupation so far discovered in northern Europe, while on the clifftops above stand the medieval church, the Arts and Crafts Happisburgh manor and the iconic lighthouse, the only independently operated lighthouse in the United Kingdom. The fields surrounding the settlement have revealed traces of prehistoric burialmounds and a Roman farmstead, and also contain the remains of a significant Second World War radar station.

This book presents the Happisburgh’s rich archaeological and historical heritage, using archaeological drawings, aerial images, historical documents, old photographs and personal recollections to tell the story of this coastal community whose residents have literally lived their lives on the edge. The book is interspersed with biographies of local characters, which help to tell the story of everyday life in this coastal community, as well as revealing little-known episodes such as the case of the Happisburgh poisoner!

Famous visitors are also highlighted, including artists J.M.W. Turner, HenryMoore and Barbara Hepworth, and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Mary Trett was born in Happisburgh, where she still lives, and has studied and written extensively about its history. Richard Hoggett has been an archaeologist for 15 years and is currently the Coastal Heritage Officer for Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Service.

The Happisburgh Heritage Group was founded as a result of the Coastal Heritage Project undertaken in 2010–11 as a part of the North Norfolk Pathfinder project. Further details of the group can be found at: http://www.happisburgh.org/heritage

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 097 8, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published November 2011.

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