Please take time to support our venture. If you have any photos, stories, information, or would like to contribute to the Heritage Project, please contact Ivor Wells (email@example.com) or Joanne Burd (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Update : May 2018
We will be holding an exhibition in the church from Thursday 17th May 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Arthur Robert Buck, who was killed in action at the Somme on the 25th May 1918. Arthur’s occupation in the 1911 census (Wood Norton) was listed as a gardener. Arthur was 41 years old when he was killed.
An article on Arthur Robert Buck has been submitted to the Norfolk in World War One website, for publication on the anniversary of his death.
Update : March 2018
We will be holding an exhibition in the church from Friday 23rd March 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Thomas Walter Doughty, who was killed in action at the First Battles of the Somme on the 24th March 1918. Thomas was a rifleman with the Royal Irish Rifles. His body was subsequently re-interred at Bouchoir New British Cemetery in November 1919.
An article on Thomas Walter Doughty has been submitted to the Norfolk in World War One website, for publication on the anniversary of his death.
Update : January 2018
We will be holding an exhibition in the church from Friday 26th January 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Edward Barber Leeder, who died in a submarine accident on the 31st January 1918. Edward was serving on the submarine K-4, when it was one of eight vessels involved in five collisions during a naval exercise, resulting in the loss of 104 lives, an incident that became known as the Battle of the Isle of May.
An article on Edward Barber Leeder has been submitted to the Norfolk in World War One website, for publication on the anniversary of his death.
Update : November and December 2017
We will be holding two exhibitions in the church:
- from Saturday 25th November, to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Nicholas Robert Colman, who was killed in action on the 30th November 1917, aged 20, during the Battle of Cambrai. An article on Nicholas Robert Colman has been submitted to the Norfolk in World War One website, for publication on the anniversary of his death.
- from Thursday 7th December, to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Alfred Wright, who died of wounds received on the 8th December 1917, aged 22, during the battle for the capture of Jerusalem. An article on Alfred Wright has been submitted to the Norfolk in World War One website, for publication on the anniversary of his death.
Update : October 2017
We will be holding an exhibition in the church from Saturday 28th October, to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Cecil Burlingham, who was killed in action on the 2nd November 1917, aged 21, during the Third Battle of Gaza.
An article on Robert Cecil Burlingham has been submitted to the Norfolk in World War One website, for publication on the anniversary of his death.
Update : September 2017
As part of our research into Wood Norton’s WW1 war memorial, we have been in contact with the Norfolk in World War One project, which is run by the Norfolk Library and Information Service. We have submitted three articles to them which will be published on their website:
- to mark the anniversary of William Forbes Norris‘ death (25th August 1915),
- on our War Memorial,
- to mark the anniversary of Wilfred George Lake‘s death (10th September 1916).
We hope to submit further articles for publication relating to our WW1 servicemen.
Update : October 2016
Our research into Wood Norton’s WW1 heroes progressed further with the visit of Peter Ducker, nephew of Alfred Ducker. Peter and his wife were thrilled to learn many hitherto unknown facts about their relative. We look forward to exchanging information about this former resident of Wood Norton.
Update: September 2016
The Wood Norton at Domesday and Down the Village Street displays continue in the Church, together with the Renewal in the Community display, which gives information on the building and renovation work to be undertaken in the church as a result of successful funding bids. We have had very positive feedback on our displays – ‘some fine heritage work’, ‘a fascinating historical display’ – so do take the opportunity to come and see them and leave your comments in the book provided.
Work on the Heritage Project continues, with research being undertaken to produce a new church guide, and updating the information on our WW1 servicemen (for example, updating the biography for William Forbes Norris to include the 54th Cyclist Company war diaries, where he is mentioned). We are also taking the opportunity to make a photographic record of the old headstones on the churchyard before they deteriorate further, and link them with the memorial inscription information already held. We have been contacted, following up from the displays at the open gardens event on the 3 July, by a relative of Alfred Ducker (WW1 soldier, killed in action), which is very rewarding, and we have already been in touch with two other great nephews and one great niece of our WW1 servicemen. We are looking forward to meeting them when they visit the village.
A look through our archives shows that at the church service held on the 4 August 1916, the Revd C.B. Lipscomb remarked a ‘very good congregation, second anniversary of the war’, and on 10 September 1916 that £5 18s 4d was collected for the ‘Lord Kitchener Memorial’ (a fund set up following the death of Lord Kitchener, which was put to good use by giving relief to the casualties of war). Our next display in the church will be a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Wilfred George Lake (killed at the Somme, 10 September 1916).
Wood Norton Heritage
Having already embarked upon a number of projects such as the building of the Millennium Village Hall and the planting of the Community Orchard, residents of Wood Norton are now looking to extend their programme of activity and their commitment to community values by exploring the heritage of the village.
To achieve this a forum needs to set out methods required to explore and record the history and environmental heritage by examining the evidence of human activity, recording collective experience and through exploration of the natural environment. The heritage of the village can then be presented in an illustrative way, through guides, booklets, displays, and oral presentations, using All Saints Church as an exhibition centre.
At a meeting held on Thursday June 4th 2015, discussion centred on two aspects of our heritage in particular. Following a most interesting talk by Emily Nobbs from Norfolk Wildlife Trust about the Trust’s ‘Living Landscape’ project, it was proposed to develop a Heritage Trail around Wood Norton.
The second aspect was a historical focus: upon the village at the time of the First World War, which is both topical and a good starting point for reference. One volunteer has offered to research, via the 1911 census, the names, occupations and places of residence of people in the village at that time and this information will clearly form a springboard for further exploration.
If you feel that you could contribute to this project, or would simply like to register your interest at this stage, then please email email@example.com or phone 01362 684287.