Welcome to the World of the Pastons

The Pastons grew from small beginnings in a Norfolk village to become a family of considerable influence across the county for the next three centuries. They are best known because about two thousand letters and other documents to and from family members have survived from the 15th to the 17th centuries, to tell us many details of their lives.

Paston People
Begin exploration of the Pastons & Norfolk
Understanding the Paston Letters
Explore Paston Letters & documents across the centuries
Paston Places
Visit Paston links across Norfolk, Suffolk & further afield
Virtual Pastons
Explore 3D visualisations of Paston homes, past & present
Paston Footprints
Be part of the exciting Paston Footprints project
Resources for Teachers
Introduce students of all ages to the Pastons

Events

Whilst we're unable to hold events out and about, we're pleased to provide some online:
That Shakespeare Life
Online - click picture below
30 Nov, 2019 - 31 Dec, 2025
That Shakespeare Life Dr Rob Knee of the Paston Heritage Society joins Cassidy Cash for a podcast on the Paston Letters in relation to Shakespeare's 'Henry' plays - and tackles the Fastolf-Falstaff question. Runtime 30 mins.
The Usefulness of the Pastons
Online - click picture below
21 Mar, 2020 - 31 Jul, 2020
The Usefulness of the Pastons Dr Rosemary Horrox of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, puts the Paston letters in the wider context of medieval history and explains how useful they are in understanding life in those times. October 2019, the Great Yarmouth Footprints conference, runtime c. 55 mins.
The Pastons and Great Yarmouth
Online - click picture below
25 Mar, 2020 - 31 Jul, 2020
The Pastons and Great Yarmouth Dr Rob Knee of the Paston Heritage Society takes us through the rise and fall of the Paston family and their influence over the hinterland of Great Yarmouth. Runtime 57 mins.
Paston Footprints and Digitising the Paston Letters
Footprint Events
2 Sep, 2020 ~ 19:45
Norwich, Norfolk Heraldry Society
Paston Footprints and Digitising the Paston Letters Peter Stibbons of the Paston Heritage Society demonstrates the work being undertaken to build a Paston world and put the Paston Letters into a searchable format on the world wide web. Norwich Central Baptist Church.
Rebuilding Norfolk's History - the Paston Properties
Footprint Events
20 Nov, 2020 ~ 19:30
Cromer, Community Hall
Rebuilding Norfolk's History - the Paston Properties 3D graphic artist James Mindham illustrates how photography, research, archaeology and on-screen modelling combine to bring back to life long-lost Norfolk buildings of the Paston family. Members of Friends of Cromer Museum £3.00, non-members £4.00.
Paston Footprints - Digitising the Paston Letters
Footprint Events
13 Jul, 2021 ~ 19:30
Sedgeford Parish church
Paston Footprints - Digitising the Paston Letters The Pastons in the lecture programme of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project for their summer excavation season. Click for the full SHARP 2020 schedule.
The Pastons & the Peasants Revolt
Footprint Events
16 Jul, 2021 - 18 Jul, 2021 ~ 09:00-18:00
North Walsham Memorial Park
The Pastons & the Peasants Revolt The "battle of North Walsham" of 1381 brought to an end the Peasant's Revolt. Join the reenactors and visit the many stalls and displays - as in 1381, the Pastons will be represented.