This unique study traces the history of Norwich and Norfolk from the time of earliest life to the outbreak of the First World War.
It is designed to appeal to the travellers, both single and in family groups, who wish to explore the host of fascinating places on offer in what the Norfolk-born authors believe to be the most unspoilt and mysterious county in England.
Norwich has its own section along with three possible walks taking in many of the recommended sites.
The vast coast is presented next and finally the book travels to central Norfolk: at all times, places of interest are grouped as much as possible so that travellers can make the most of the time available.
Everywhere, legends and stories relating to an area are woven into the narrative.
A final chapter considers Norwich and Norfolk through time using rare archive and archaeological material to give a taste of life in days gone by.
Top Norfolk photographer Daniel Tink has taken 100 photographs especially for the book and presents these where appropriate alongside some wonderful contrasting old prints and etchings.
The book concludes with a comprehensive index and bibliography designed to facilitate further study. Throughout, telephone numbers and websites of attractions are given, providing readers with a ‘toolkit’ to unlock the secrets, history, sites and stories of this vast county.
I really enjoyed this book and found that even though I have visited the county many times there was still plenty that I found to be new to me and I have a lot on my list now of places to visit in the area – it is a really handy guide.
I did like that the authors have added images that they have taken too so this gives it a more personal feel than having stock images.
I enjoyed the way that the book was set out and the facts and detail added. The authors have added in details of the sites (where possible) and the addresses/contact numbers so you can make your own arrangements.
The only thing that was a little disappointing to me was the lack of features on the villages in the Norfolk Broads themselves as they do have an awful lot to add, but I do know that you can’t find everything in to one book, so hopefully they may look to do a further book that features them.
It is 4.5 stars from me for this book, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon – thoroughly enjoyable and it will be a great reference guide to locals, as well as those visiting the area!