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June 2022. A new page was added featuring the Francis family, shop keepers and business men, from 1836 to c1967

May 2022: You can see a wonderful 14th century silver seal matrix that depicts a female figure that has been added to the Museum. Click HERE.
Further information has been added about the early years of the Island Site.

April 2022: New pages were added about the history of the Martham Telephone Service and Wherrymen of Martham.

Special release in March 2022: A major upgrade was added to the site to provide a (virtual) village museum.

March 2022: New pages were added about the life and times of the grocer & draper William Creasey (1717-1797) and his daughter Diana (1757-1834). They were rich and well connected in 18th century Martham and Diana gave a generous endowment to provide education for poor girls in the village.

February 2022: New pages were added about the history of the Clowes’ building on The Green and The Firs, Rollesby Road (now called The Oaks).

January 2022: 229 photographs were added to St Mary the Virgin graveyard pages recording all the gravestones in section I of the graveyard up to the year 2000. This completes a unique photographic record on this website of all the gravestones providing just over 1,100 images.

December 2021: The following pages were added: one about Bell Yard, another about ‘Floods’ which includes nine photos and another about The Limes, Black Street. Two pages about people were added: one for Oswald George Larter (1907-1965) and another about John Larter (1868-1951)

November 2021: Memories of Moregrove during the war years by Joe Larter were added. A new page about the fascinating story of The Wilderness at 30 Repps Road was added.

October 2021: A new main menu topic was added called ‘Guided Informal Walks’ based on maps. Three walks have been provided. They are around the Village Greens, along Black Street and along White Street. The maps have markers showing points of interest which, when selected, give more details of the building or place.
A technical upgrade was completed improving the look and functionality of hyperlinks.

September 2021: Pages were added about Elijah Jeary and the miracle cure, and the Reverend William T E Cary, and a personal account of Fruit Picking by schoolgirl Kathleen Fathers.

August 2021: Pages were added about Ivy Cottage, Ivydene & Ivy Holme plus also the Jeary family of butchers.

July 2021: Pages were added about Cobblers Cottage (Mountfields) and the Fish & Chip Shop.

June 2021: Pages were added about Domesday Martham, Yew Tree Cottage, Selwyn House and Chapman’s Butchers plus The Walnuts.

May 2021: A page was added about George Humphrey Dyball (1860-1950) and his wife Mary, nee Springall (1865-1955) and information was added about Greenside, The Green where they lived.
The home page ‘past and present’ photograph panel had 30 new images added to it. A logo was added to the main menu pages.

April 2021: Details were added about the Garnham family of Martham and an associated page about Clarence Villa (Martham Lodge Residential Care Home). Also a new page about William Kirkland (1848-1937) & his son Robert and their drapers store.

March 2021: A page was added about the history of the vicars of St Mary’s plus thumbnail sketches of 24 individual vicars and curates. The 900 year history of the Prior’s Manor was added. Also a new page about the Stowe Survey.

February 2021: The Strange Case of the Blocked Ferry. War hero John Turner (1890-1965). The Mystery of James Gowen of Flegg (1844-1932)

January 2021: New pages were added for Arthur Methuen Ribbands (1899-1981), the Fire Station/Service, 60 to 70 White Street cottages and Post Offices & Postmasters.

December 2020: The page for St Mary the Virgin was completely re-written. New pages were added Rev. Richard Spurgeon (1767-1842), Rev. Herbert Webster, Anthony William Crisp (1860-1931) and Dr. Anthony Crisp (1814-1900). Four more pages were added for Sport, the Playing Field, the Jasmines and the Vicarage. Brief pages were produced on the martyr Thomas Hitton and the Martham Ambulance.

November 2020: New pages were added about the Rising family providing thumbnail sketches of 107 members of the family who were connected with Martham. Plus family trees, charts, photographs and more detailed personal profiles for 19 members of the family. Associated pages for Grove House, Black Street, Rose Farm, Cess and Thunder Hill Farm were also added.

October 2020: New pages were added about Moregrove, Clarkes Farm, Dairy Barn Farm and Blackthorn Cottage.

September 2020: New personal profile pages on Francis Blomefield, Rev. George Pearse, Rev Joseph John Gurney & the Gunton family were added. New pages were added on the Star Inn, Victoria Inn and Bottle Hall Cottages.
The website now has 279 pages of information, 65 photo albums and 3,631 photographs.

August 2020: A new page about the Black Death was added.

July 2020: A list of those included in the 1861 census was added. Information pages on the Isle of Flegg and Cess were added. Building details were added for Cranes Green Cottage; Oddfellows Hall; The King’s Arms and landlords William & Richard Rogers. Personal profiles were added for Elijah Gymer (1855-1891); David & Anna Hinderer; George & Susannah Amis and their daughters Christina & Betsy; Henry Hodds (1842-1884); Ernest Henry William Twite; Humphrey Gymer (1865-1953) & Jane, nee Ward (1865-1934); George William Cooke and additional information about the Bane Family in general.

June 2020: Details about Martham’s windmills/wind pumps were added. These were Hemsby Road windmills; Repps Road smock mill; Bracey’s wind pump; Martham Boatbuilding wind pump and the Pits Skeleton wind pump. Plus information about some windmill millers: James Bane (1768-1834); James Bane (1793-1861); James William Bane (1869-1963); William Barnard Crowe (1798-1856); James Cooper Faulke (1819-1883); James Coper Faulke (1857-1905); William Wells (1781-1846) and William Harrison Wells (1805-1874). Pages describing all the Footpaths in the village were added and a page about Fairs & Carnivals. A personal profile page for William Lack (1819-1898) was added. Finally a page about the property called Sunnyside in Damgate the home of a sail maker. The website now has 65 photo albums and over 2,560 photographs.

May 2020: 120 more photos were added, mainly of buildings. The following pages were added during May: Blackcurrant Farming; Bracey & Son; Burraway story; Durban House; Ferrygate; Heigham Holmes; Kirby family & businesses; Linford family; Manor Farm; Martham Boat Building & Development Co.; Ferry; Occupations of the People of Martham before 1800; River Thurne & Martham Broad; Staithes; The strange story of base born Biggs; Railways and Gatehouses. The page on the 1812 Inclosure Award was updated.

This website was launched on 1st May 2020 with 201 pages and over 2,300 images in 56 albums.