In 1904, Kelly’s Directory for Norfolk described the area around the Glaven estuary as, “This was formerly a port called Blakeney and Cley”. Hidden behind this statement is the fascinating history of two north Norfolk medieval maritime powerhouses. This book looks at the key events that shaped the estuary’s rise to medieval trading prominence, its subsequent commercial decline and adaptation to tourist destination by the early 20th century.
For those that enjoy looking for physical remains of the past, the author provides a guide to locating the existing evidence in the area. Explorers of local history can discover stories of war, piracy, wrecks, dramatic rescues, enterprise and disaster hidden within the buildings, mounds and graveyards of this small stretch of north Norfolk coast.
About the author
Jonathan Hooton taught geography and environmental science for much of his career leading many fieldtrips to the north Norfolk Coast. Active in the Norwich Society, being Chairman of the Society from 2015-17, he is also a fully qualified City of Norwich Tour Guide where he
leads tours and gives talks. Among Jonathan’s other interests are folk music, Morris dancing, cricket and landscape history. He is married with two children and lives in Norwich