Head to the Maids Head Hotel on Norfolk Day, Saturday, July 27 for two free events that focus on Norwich at the time of Kett’s Rebellion, 1549. Donations welcomed to the Maids Head’s charity of the year, Break.
Meet Sir Thomas Paston to hear tales of his involvement during this tumultuous period in the history of Norwich. This costumed talk by Rob Knee from the Paston Heritage Society, will include readings from the famous Paston Letters. Arrive at 10.30am for coffee and cake, view the Paston 600 exhibition and listen to Sir Thomas at 11am.
Then in the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join Norwich tour guide Paul Dickson for Shardlake’s Norwich, a two-hour walking tour celebrating CJ Sansom’s best-selling novel Tombland.
The tour starts and finishes at the Maids Head Hotel, beginning at 2pm and includes Tombland, Augustine Steward’s House, Norwich Cathedral Close, Bishopgate (Holme Street in the novel) and the Great Hospital, Bishop’s Bridge, the site of Bishop’s Gate and Lollards Pit, followed by a climb up to Kett’s Heights with its fabulous views across the city.
The return journey follows the north side of the river with views of the medieval Cow Tower before crossing the river and visiting the site of the Battle of Palace Plain.
Advance booking required for both events online at Eventbrite:
Sir Thomas Paston