Purple Broom-Rape (or Yarrow-Rape), the uncommon parasitic plant which flourishes in the Stone Field where Trimingham Hall now stands.


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May 2020    Dear Trimingham, I was stationed at the RAF camp – not the radar but the old camp which closed down in the early 60s. Do you know of anyone I can contact where I may purchase any photos of the camp?  I remember a few people who worked there from around Trimingham, Trunch and Mundesley. I will be grateful for any information. In those days I was SAC Alan Lake, working in the officers’ mess.  There are so many things I could tell you, mainly most happened on camp, but what sticks in my mind a lot is the dances – at West Runton (if I remember correctly) where we traveled on the bus – they were great times. Another was the (as we called it) Village Hop at Mundesley. We always had a good time at all the dances. The nights spent drinking at the Ship with Ronnie and Pat, US airman from camp – we nearly always went into the back room. Plenty of good times: one young lady played the piano all night – I believe she was a holiday-maker. But good times we had going to watch Norwich City play footy – used to go with a fellow who worked on the camp, a Mr B Ritchie, and a Mr Cox from Cromer used to tell us about the crab fishing.  But one time I can remember well was two of us cooks making a big cake for a children’s home – to see their faces, smashing – going on to a farm to get holly for Christmas decks in the officers mess. One other little item – at the doctor’s surgery in Mundesley I had to go for an injection – it was like a normal house. But in the three years I was stationed there, I made a lot of friends, and I hope to be back this year. I still write to a couple of friends – at my age now, memories are just memories. To me it was a wonderful place, and of course it still is. That’s all for now – hope to hear from you –  Alan Lake


18th January 2020   My name is Clive Forbes Lee living in Vincentia NSW Australia. I have been trying to research my mother’s family and I have come to a roadblock. My mother’s father and her stepmother lived in Trimingham I believe in 1950-51 and I don’t know how many years either side of that. I remember visiting their house around that time shortly before we moved to Australia. I have no absolute address. However, the records of my Grandfather’s estate show the address as THE NEST Trimingham, and I have not been able to actually find the property or any details regarding it. Is there any chance that somebody within your organisation my be able to help? My Grand father was William Ernest J Salmon and the date of his passing I believe is 4/4/1960. He was survived by his second wife or my step Grandmother Florence Jane Salmon she was known as Jane. As far as I know they were still residing at The Nest at that stage.  (Following a reply from us:) Thank you so much for your reply. Yesterday I received an email and photos from the current owner and his wife. It is really very interesting to manage to finally trace the property and also the present owner has indicated that he is very interested in researching the history of the house. I don’t know how much I can help, but I do remember a number of things regarding the house and my Grandfather. I would also love to get in touch with Dot as well. I would imagine the elderly resident you spoke to (Alec Reynolds – See his Mardle, under “History” on this site), remembered the owners after my Grandfather. I believe my Grandfather passed away 4/4/1960 and I have at this stage nothing to tell me that he had moved from The Nest then. My Step-Grandmother was Florence Jane Salmon, known as Jane. Thank you so much for your interest.  Clive Forbes Lee, Australia


3rd January 2020  I’m pleased to say that we came out to Trimingham again today and were really pleased to be able to visit the Christmas tree festival….we found the right door this time!  The church looked great and must have involved a huge amount of work to make it look so attractive – many congratulations to those who were responsible.  As we topped off with a fish-and-chips lunch at Mary-Jane’s in Cromer, it was a good day! Best wishes, John Chivers (Norwich)


17th October 2019  Dear Trimingham,  I have just discovered your website and it is with great excitement that I found mention of my grandad, Harold Rounce, in Alec’s Mardle of March 2013.  My mother Joyce lived in Trimingham as a child, on Middle Street and at Blackberry Hall. My parents were married at Trimingham Church in 1955. Harold was her father. The description of Harold playing football really chimed with me, as I know how much he loved football. He used to follow Norwich and I have a fantastic photo taken in the 1959 cup run of Harold and three friends in their City scarves. I have no idea who the other men are but perhaps they also played in that Trimingham team. Harold’s great great grandson currently plays football for Cromer boys so the tradition continues. Also, my father worked with a Bertie Gray at Curtis’s garage in Overstrand in the 1960s: I wonder if this Bert is the one who is mentioned?  Indeed, I loved reading all entries in Alec’s Mardle. I am a historian by training and a keen genealogist. My paternal grandmother was a Reynolds, born Hungry Hill in Northrepps in 1904. It is possible that I am distantly related to Alec.  Keep up the good work!    Sandra Fishwick (née Bailey)

Reply from Alec Reynolds:  It was nice to hear from someone who saw the Mardle on the website. I knew your family very well. A long time ago, when Joyce and Gerald got married, I rang the church bells for them. Her Mum and Dad lived in a railway carriage near Beacon Hill – it was called The Plots. Before moving to Middle Street they lived at Blackberry Hall and then at Northrepps. Harrold Rounce was a great sportsman, not only playing football for Trimingham, but also in the Billiards and Darts teams of which my Dad was captain. The Bertie Gray who worked with Gerald was much younger – but the Bertie Gray who was a linesman with the football team was the same age as your grandfather. I knew your grandparents but they were no relation to my family. I knew your grandmother’s brothers and sisters too. In Joyce’s family I think she had a brother, Richard, and a sister, Rosemary – I hope I’m correct. Your grandmother was Ada: she had a brother or some relation who was a carpenter living at Worstead – he worked for Stalham Highways Depot, and I worked with him. Gerald’s parents were Elsie and Reggie, and they lived at Northrepps. I hope all this information is correct – I’m pretty sure it is! Greetings from Alec Reynolds

Reply from Sandra:   How lovely that Alec knew my parents and grandparents. Thank you Alec for getting in touch. My mum died at the young age of 56, and dad died in 2011 aged 79, but mum’s siblings Richard and Kathleen are still alive. Rosemary, the other sister, has also gone. I didn’t know that they lived in a railway carriage! I’m pretty sure they lived at Blackberry Hall after Middle Street, as mum was still living there at the start of 1951 and all the things she told me of her childhood concerned Blackberry Hall. Yes Ada did have family in Worstead-her sister Evelyn lived there and Evelyn’s daughter Marie, who was one of the bridesmaids, still lives there. My parents are buried together at Northrepps, very close to Ada and Harold. I live the other side of Norwich but come back to north Norfolk regularly as my sister and brother still live in Cromer. I would love to come over to talk to Alec about his memories of my family, if that’s possible. Being a Norfolk girl I like a good mardle!  Best wishes – Sandra


9th October 2019  Last month I had the joy of walking the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path. I was struck by the distinctive pattern of parish churches regularly spaced along the coast and this is one of the defining memories I have of this lovely coastline that I have only just discovered. My purpose in writing is simply to say that Trimingham churchyard was by some distance the most beautifully kept that I came across. As a member of a CofE church in Bath I know how much work it takes to just keep a churchyard under control, let alone look as delightful of yours does.  It was highlight of that day’s walking and I just wanted to thank you!  Warm regards –  Stephen


3rd May 2019    I am writing to find any information available about the town of “Trimingham” in Norfolk. I have came across this website and email address.  It is amazing!  I live in Australia and my maiden name was Trimingham. My grandfather, Thomas George Trimingham, came to Australia as a young man. I have traced some family history to his parents – George & Eliza Trimingham who lived in Lincolnshire. George was buried in Lincolnshire.  I am wondering if the name Trimingham is very common in England and also how the town got its name & if any people by that name live there. Thanks for any help you may be able to assist me with, and thank you for such a great website.            Sheryn Fogarty (née Trimingham)


2nd December 2018    It was nice to see this slideshow of old Trimingham where my grandparents Albert William and Emily Payne lived at 3 Bizewell Cottages. It looked to me that one of the pictures in the slideshow was perhaps these cottages ?  A very good website I must say.   Trevor Payne, Thetford


28th Mar 2018 Please can someone review the content of the front page of the parish website. An initial glance shows one horrendous error that’s screaming at me.
Nothing can be “almost unique”; the definition of unique is that the subject is one of a kind. Visitors will be referring to our website, can we give them a good first impression please? Maybe a review of the whole website is in order?        Ann Humphrey

[The quotation referred to occurs on the Home page: “Trimingham is in one sense the sea-view capital of the entire Norfolk coast-line, as its almost uniquely elevated position brings glimpse after glimpse of spectacular vistas across the water.” We have looked at this in the light of Ann’s comment, but have decided that the way the word “uniquely” is used here is actually quite correct, in that it simply suggests that the height of Trimingham’s position on the Norfolk coast must come close to being a one-off. We are, however, open to contributions by others on this subject of English usage.]


17th Jan 2018 I was totally charmed by the website. It’s all so friendly. (I mean accessible.) The committee have so much to be proud of! It’s a huge achievement.     Tricia, Aberdeen


23rd Nov2017   I really enjoyed looking at your website… interesting, informative, easy to read and navigate, and some very professional photography and time lapse videos. WELL DONE. A best practice standard set for others to use and emulate.   Have you thought about a comments page so that visitors to the site can post our thoughts, and some may even have memories, photos or thoughts to give you…. ?    Mark Patchett, London