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East Barsham maps

Historic maps of East Barsham and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all East Barsham maps

East Barsham area books

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Memories of East Barsham

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Post War East Barsham

You may like to know that I today attended the funeral of the chatelaine of The Manor, Lady Valerie Guinness. After the war my father Peter bought the rectory at Sculthorpe about three miles from East Barsham and the house where he was born. His father had been the rector there for the early years of the last century. Val North was daughter of Roger and Pam North of Rougham; we grew up together, born in 1937. She eventually married John Guinness who was knighted in the 80's I think, and they bought the Manor around 1990. My memories of the house are woolly from the early years, of riding my pony round "the block" past the Manor which had been much repaired before the war. We always wondered who lived there but did not know the owners at that time. Since then we moved back to Norfolk and I have dined there several times, and been to parties too. There was a huge gathering for the wake today. I hope this may... Read more

My Early Years in Barsham

I actually lived in West Barsham and attended the primary School in East Barsham from September 1930 to July 1937. The walk to the village school took me past the Manor House, which always looked dark and forbidding, shrouded as it was in the massive beech tres that grew behind the wall, bordering the main road. No one that I knew had ever been inside the wall, and I had no idea what the grounds were like. That all changed in 1937 when it apparently changed hands and it became a bustle of activity, as the new owners, reputed to be members of the Austrian Habsburg family, took up residence and began a massive project which restored the Manor to its present form. My father, a landscape gardener who had previously worked at West Barsham Manor, was offerred the job of supervising the restoration of the grounds and gardens. All went well until early 1939 when rumours began to circulate that all was not well. Not long after, the new owners dissapeared... Read more

East Barsham Manor - 1929 Photograh

The 1929 photograph was taken when my stepfather's father, Douglas J Coleman owned it. His father, Edward J. Coleman, bought it in 1915, the year my stepfather was born. This is where he (Peter Hales-Coleman) and his brother grew up. The family moved from there in the early 1930s. Back then, there were more than a 1000 acres of land with it. In 1959, I had the opportunity to visit the manor and met Peter's nanny who was still employed there. Because the then owners were not in residence at the time, the nanny could only show me the entrance hall. About 15 years ago, my stepfather had the opportunity to stay there for a night as the guests of Lady Guiness, who owned it at that time. It was one of the highlights of his life. He died when he was in his 80s.

East Barsham Manor

I moved to East Barsham when I was 5 years old in 1988. I grew up in the village and got the opportunity to spend time with the children that lived in the manor at the time. I have many memories of running around the manor playing games and getting to swim in the outside pool. I moved away from East Barsham wen I was 12. My time there and my memories are very happy!

East Barsham Manor

The manor house was occupied by the army during the Second World War and not released until about 1946. My friends and I often cycled from Walsingham and we found the manor deserted. The entrance hall is well remembered with a large minstrels' gallery at the east end. The most exciting room was, probably still is, the most western first floor room which has a hidden spiral stairway within a turret leading to the floor below. Years later I purchased a 19th-century print of the manor to remind me of this memory.

Norfolk memories


I was evacuated to Walsingham and stayed with Mr & Mrs Nelson in Mount Pleasant. I attended the local school and then moved on to the school in Wells. Our neighbours were the son and his wife and a son called Charlie. The son worked on a farm and had an allotment. He had a pony and trap and kept a large pig which I remember taking to Market. Mr Nelson, known locally as Hobo, died while I was there, I remember him being taken on a cart to be be burried. I went to local church Sunday School. There was one Salvation Army family living in the village called Bobbins, they went to the Army in Fakenham. I think I was in Walsingham for about a year. I tried to find Mount Pleasant on a trip last year, next time I will consult the map before I go. I suppose my memories are mixed. My sister stayed with a family in Little Walsingham the year maybe approx. One day... Read more

Up to Date

The up to date story is that I joined the Salvation Army in London and my mother met one of the Bobbins family at the trade HQ. I am retired now and live in Shirley, Croydon and attend the Lewisham Salvation Army. I knew Leslie Condon who came from Fakenham nearby to Walsingham. When I visited Walsingham this year I saw how peaceful it was but despite driving around for a while I could not find anything I remember except the stream which we drove through, I remembered that very well. I would be interested in hearing from the people who were around in the War.

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