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ISBN: 9780857042927
The Book of Salhouse & Woodbastwick
The Book of Salhouse & Woodbastwick
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Neighbouring villages on the Norfolk Broads with much in common but with distinct identities, Salhouse and Woodbastwick lie 5 and 6 miles respectively north east of the City of Norwich, each bounded to the north by the River Bure.

Historically, the two villages have at times shared common ownership and at other times gone their own way. In mediaeval times both were near the centre of an economic powerhouse based on peat digging; in the nineteenth century each was home to a wealthy landowner who spent lavishly on their own mansion and on the village surrounding it, and whose influence can still be seen.

While agriculture has always dominated, the villages in modern times have become largely residential but a smattering of rural trades continues to flourish.

Exactly halfway between the two villages lies Salhouse Broad, a tourist destination since the nineteenth century, arguably the most beautiful setting of any in Norfolk, in an undulating landscape that is far from flat.

Unscathed, but not unaffected by war, enemy action was never far away and the influence of an American airbase nearby is still well remembered.

In this book we discover how the villages and their landscapes were influenced by early history and later by the changing fortunes of landowners and the changes brought about by improved communications.

Personal reminiscences recall many forgotten aspects of life in the twentieth century, we look at people and social activities, and we look at the churches, schools, houses and street scenes, much of which has changed in recent decades but some of which has remained very much the same.


Although having had a lifelong interest in all things historical, this is the first book that Colin McCormick has attempted. Inspiration came from the earlier work by Roy Bullers, who was unofficial local historian for many years, and was the author of many articles and talks on the subject. Roy’s aim to produce a history book was sadly never realised, but after his death in 2014, Colin recovered his archives and set about collating them. From this starting point, Colin has re-edited all the original texts and written a number of new chapters, assembling a wealth of new material and photographs, including a vital part of Roy’s legacy, the verbatim accounts of older people in the village he interviewed in the 1980s and 90s.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 292 7, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published November 2016.

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