Carleton Rode History Group

Posted on 2017-06-27 09:27:22 by Barbara

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Carleton Rode History Group is getting a book together on the history of Carleton Rode. We would love any information - and especially photographs - about flax growing, the workhouse, wells, mills, the shutter telegraph and anything else that you think might be useful. You may have documents or artefacts - even something you might have dug up in the garden! Everything will help round out the picture, whether or not it makes it into the final draft.


Carleton Rode History Group holds regular meetings in the village hall which have included speakers on subjects as varied as the history of footpaths, pargetting, dyeing with woad and the story of the redoubtable Miss Savidge – subject of the book Miss Savidge Moves Her House by Christine Adams – who not quite single-handedly moved her medieval hall house from Ware in Hertfordshire to Wells next the Sea on the north Norfolk Coast. A trip to see Miss Savidge’s house was a highlight of the History Group outings in 2014.

Carleton Rode is the site of ancient settlements and both Bronze Age and Roman artefacts have been discovered in the locality. The History Group website provides more details about the Carleton Rode Hoard and the village digs carried out by Carenza Lewis and her team for Access to Archaeology. There is also a page with photographs of the village in the past.

At the end of 2014 the History Group presented an evening of songs, films and readings to commemorate the outbreak of World War I. This was the culmination of lengthy research into the backgrounds of the First World War dead whose names appear on the village war memorial, and took place almost 100 years to the day that a concert was held in the village to raise money for the war effort. Refreshments were as authentic to 1914 as could be managed!


AGM 2016

A good number of people turned out for the AGM and two new members joined the committee. Currently the committee is made up of Pat Graham (chair), Jennie Maughan (treasurer), Sally Hatcher (secretary), Brian Anderson (resident detectorist), John Spencer and Janet Major with Andrew Hatcher as document archivist. This was followed by Antiquarian Books and Book Binding a talk by John Underwood, ably assisted by his wife Alison.  An interesting  talk outlining the processes involved in rebinding old books or binding handwritten documents and manuscrips.They handle some old and fascinating documents.

Forthcoming events

Thursday 28 September 2017

Norwich Records Office (County Hall site), 5-7.00 p.m. 

Friday 27 October 2017

Medieval Flax, a talk by Rosie Wilkins, 7.30 p.m. at Carleton Rode Jubilee Hall.

Friday 24 November 2017

AGM and another visit from Rachel Duffield with her presentation Incendiary Blondes.


Email address is 

For more information contact Pat Graham on 01953 860294 or Sally Hatcher on 01953 789464