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ISBN: 9780857041647
AUTHOR: Swaffham History Group
The Book of Swaffham
The Book of Swaffham
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For a market town like Swaffham with over 900 years of recorded history, the compilation of its definitive history is a formidable task. In fact, it may be likened to attempting a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle but with 10,000 pieces to choose from!

The Book of Swaffham was never intended to be a complete history but to serve as an accurate record of some of the more important and interesting ‘bits’ which have helped form the whole during nearly one millennium. The book concentrates upon photographs which help give a clearer picture of some of the people and events in the town from the time photography made its debut in the 1850s.

Although iconic images like the Pedlar sign or the Market/Butter Cross are synonymous with Swaffham, you will soon discover that these are really quite a small part of the town’s fascinating past. The book shows the real people, at their work or at their leisure, as well as some of the buildings which no longer stand, going back nearly two hundred years.

Wherever possible individuals have been named and great efforts have been made to provide as much information as possible about the photographs included.

All these and many other aspects of the past are included, making The Book of Swaffham a 'must read’ book for all who love this county.

The book has been compiled by members of the Swaffham History Group which meets monthly in the museum. In 2009 they were asked by Swaffham Museum to undertake the book on their behalf. Everyone in the history group has contributed in some way; perhaps just by their memories and our two oldest members have recollections going back to well before the onset of WWII! The museum gave unlimited access to their extensive archives in order to begin to unravel the past.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 164 7, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2012.

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