Robert Marten, a Londoner, took a 24 day journey to and around Norfolk with his family. His pictures in pencil are just part of the story, his pictures in words of his experiences and descriptions of those he met take us still further into the people and places of September 1825.

The small, handwritten volume which is Robert Marten’s diary of his travels in East Anglia is carefully conserved in the Norfolk Record Office. Marten writes of Great Yarmouth, where he landed after the journey by steamer from London, of Norwich as the county town of Norfolk and of Cromer, where he and his family enjoyed several days exploring. His picture of the county in September 1825, combined with the detail in his pencil sketches, reveals an early 19th century world to us.

Editor Elizabeth Larby has carefully annotated the text, providing a context to further our understanding of the journey and the age