A History of Norfolk Book Launch

Thursday 23 May, 5.30 for 6pm – 8pm
Books, lower ground

Join us as we celebrate the launch of this leading new history book of Norfolk county, lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, and packed with years of research. With nothing else like it available today, this is a definitive, beautifully produced guide that will delight Norfolk locals and visitors alike.

Late historian Chris Barringer lost his heart to Norfolk when he moved here in 1966, becoming passionate about its landscapes and extraordinarily rich history. A History of Norfolk brings together half a lifetime’s experience of walking the fields, exploring the towns and villages, researching a treasury of archives, and absorbing the unique magic of this wonderful county. It is also a monument to Chris and his contribution to the heritage of the county.

Tickets £5, fully redeemable against the price of the book
on the night and include a free glass of wine.

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About the book

Norfolk is a county of great houses, of sweeping parks and large estates, but there are many smaller and no less attractive manor houses and Georgian rectories, often circled by moats or set in intimate parklands of their own. It is a county of small, twisting roads, of lost railways and of reedy waterways plied by pleasure boats. Norfolk has several hundred small villages set amid a scatter of often beautiful and always historically rich market towns. At the centre is Norwich, one of the great historic cities of Europe, with a remarkable heritage of medieval churches, monastic buildings, cathedrals, a great castle, and a glorious assemblage of domestic and commercial architecture.


About Chris Barringer

This book is the last and greatest work of Chris Barringer, who died in the summer of 2013. John Christopher Barringer was born in Croydon and was schooled in Ilkely, Yorkshire. In 1965 he arrived in Norfolk where he became resident tutor for the Cambridge University Board of Extra-Mural Studies. He and his family moved to Hethersett, and he quickly started local history groups across the county, at Blakeney, Downham Market, King's Lynn, Mattishall, North Walsham, Norwich and Reepham. He began researching aspects of archaeology and local and regional history, and in 1984 his first two books appeared, volumes on the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District published for the National Trust. Latterly he was president of the Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group and vice-president of the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society. From 1987 to 2002 he was chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Heritage Trust. One of his finest achievements during this period was working tirelessly to raise money for the restoration and conservation of Dragon Hall in King Street, securing the future of a medieval merchant's house which is among the greatest architectural and historical treasures of the fine city of Norwich.