History of Martham, Norfolk

Martham’s History Starts Here

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The above photographs show past and present images of the same view.

Martham is said to derive from Saxon times but recent historical finds have provided evidence that it certainly goes back to Roman and even earlier times. The village has a magnificent medieval church dating to the 14th century, a large village green and several Georgian houses. The River Thurne flows around the northern edge of the village and connects to the Norfolk Broads including Martham Broad which is run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The whole area is dotted with footpaths and is a haven for nature lovers, ramblers and water enthusiasts.

Martham is a charming Norfolk village within the Broads National Park located nine miles to the north of Great Yarmouth and four miles from the east coast at Winterton. The village has an array of amenities including shops, pubs, play and leisure facilities and a well-used library, St Mary the Virgin Church of England, a Baptist Church and a Methodist Church plus schools for all ages. Martham has a real community vibe with villagers and visitors feeling part of the what has always been known as a very friendly village – population about 3,800 and growing fast. It hosts a number of popular annual events including a spring Scarecrow Festival, summer Carnival and autumn Beer Festival.

Next Steps…

The menu on the right is a good place to start with general headings. Why not wander through some of them, or go to ‘Index’ which provides an alphabetical list of all the content of this site with links to pages of information. Alternatively click on ‘Chronology’ which gives you a list of events by date with lots of links to dozens of pages of historical information. Then again you could browse through more than 3,600 images, easily arranged in ‘Albums’. Enjoy!

PS This website is complimented by my “one-place” family tree called “Martham,Norfolk” which can be viewed via Ancestry if you have a subscription.