Welcome to Norfolk Heritage Explorations – Mulbarton
An initiative led by the Forum Trust, Norwich, and funded by a grant of £48,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has helped the five Norfolk communities of Breckles, Happisburgh, Harleston, Mulbarton and Reepham to research and record their heritage. These communities represent the diversity of communities in Norfolk, from market towns to a tiny village, from the deeply rural to a coastal community.
Here the communities tell the story of these historic Norfolk towns and villages, allowing visitors the chance to explore themes ranging from churches, historic buildings and pubs to wartime, smugglers and wildlife.
We have railways and windmills, schools and farming, even a lighthouse, lifeboats and shipwrecks. Explore the image galleries to see past and present. Longer articles are available in the file galleries.
Enjoy exploring the site and if something really sparks your interest why not plan a visit with the quick links to local street maps, tourist information and travel planners.
Mulbarton is a large village approximately 6 miles from Norwich. Its most striking feature is the huge triangular common. For centuries the common has been at the centre of village life. Though it is some years since villagers have used the common for grazing, it is still important today for recreation and sporting activities. Indeed, foot balling legend Monty Norman practised his skills on Mulbarton’s common.
Many Mulbarton people have taken part in researching their local heritage for this project. The project brought together people of all age groups, sharing stories and reminiscing over photographs. An unexpected outcome was the return of the Tradesman’s Arms Darts Trophy to the village after going missing for several years. Also, the original dedication plaque, from inside the old Parish Hall, was uncovered during the course of this project.
You might like to begin with the Village and around or at any topic in the list that interests you. There will be more photos and more information in ‘The Book of Mulbarton’ by Mulbarton authors Jill & David Wright, to be published by Halsgrove in November 2006. And we also hope you will be inspired to come and see the village for yourself.