The Book of Hethersett
A special glossy book on the history of the village was published in November 2002, priced at £19.95.
The book is a large format (A4) 160-page hardback containing over 200 photographs, maps, drawings and other illustrations.
It was put together by the Hethersett Society Research Group and published by Halsgrove.
The book celebrates the past and provides a stepping stone to the future. It also is a reminder of people and events that have made Hethersett what it is today.
Many of the photographs are previously unpublished.
A COMMUNITY PROJECT
The Hethersett Amenity Society, now the Hethersett Society, was founded in 1971. A member, Gwen Hughes, produced three booklets on Hethersett history. Sketches for one of these by the secretary, Nora Pearson, led her to complete a set of drawings of our listed buildings and an illustrated map in colour, showing village development since c1900. These were donated to the Society in 1997.
Having obtained a grant from the Norfolk Rural Community Council, the map was published in 1998. Meanwhile archive material was being collected and a parish archivist appointed, based in Hethersett Library, where the original map now hangs.
As the Society's millennium project, a group was formed to research the history of the buildings shown in Nora's drawings and sales of the map enabled their findings to be published as Hethersett Heritage. A National Lottery Millennium Awards for All grant led to the archive being professionally catalogued and published. To see the archive Click Here.
I was asked to contribute an article on the history of education and schools in Hethersett for the Book of Hethersett. Necessity meant that my final article had to be edited down. You can read the full version by clicking here.