We consider new towns as a phenomenon of the 20th century but have been part of the social and commercial structure of British society since Roman times. New Buckenham was a latecomer to the East Anglian scene having been established by the 1st Earl Willian d’Albini as an adjunct to his new castle of Buckenham at some time between 1146 and his death in 1176. William planned his new town in a simple grid pattern on a spur of land rising a few metres above a western-flowing beck that eventually forms one of the head-waters of the River Thet. New Buckenham is well-known to historians as a planned town whose layout and scale is largely unaltered since medieval times, but few records exist before 1530. This study therefore draws on the period post 1530 concentrating on the town’s heyday in the 16th and 17th centuries. Its decline after 1780 means that much of the housing stock has been retained to the present day and the ownership of many of these homes have been reconstructed from the evidence available.
Originally published in 2000 and out of print since 2003, this revised edition is the result of painstaking research by Paul Rutledge, the former Borough Archivist for Great Yarmouth and former Deputy County Archivist for Norfolk. Un-completed on his death in 2015, it has now been finished by his widow, Elizabeth, and provides a unique insight into the working life of a post-medieval Norfolk market town.
The book will be available in July 2019.
ISBN 978 1 909796 44 7
Anticipated price £9.95