From the book sleeve:
This book reveals how settled life began and developed in a small rural community in Norfolk. A professional historian's text is allied to fascinating glimpses, through old and previously unpublished photographs, of local life through the ages.
It describes the location, geology and landscape of Bergh Apton; its lands, anchored in its southern boundary by the Chet Valley, harboured Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers before settled life began. Also revealed are events in the life of two separate pre-Norman communities which united in the Middle Ages, and, along the way, welcomed men of importance such as William Cobbett who stayed here during his 'Rural Rides'.
The book introduces characters such as the Anglo-Saxon Aeltric, the local thegn Edwin and sixteenth-century yeoman Christopher Tenwinter, whose generosity with lands and bequests helped make the village what it is today. It also reveals a strong sense of continuity, with families whose names appear in parish records of many generations ago still playing a major role in today's community
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Book of Bergh Apton was produced to record the old agricultural way of life, which has all but vanished. It started as a village millennium project, and was brought to fruition by the Bergh Apton Local History Group whose members have done much of the local spadework needed by its author to write a lucid and valuable record of a unique village.
The author Geoffrey Kelly was born at Hardwick, Norfolk, in 1944. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Since 1979 he has worked as an historical research consultant.
©:Page prepared by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, November, 2005; Author's name corrected January, 2008.
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