Welcome to our website

Through our website we hope to bring to everyone the information gathered together about the village of Tharston in Norfolk.  It has a very varied past and it is our intention to show the village through it's history of the area, the buildings and of the residents and the trades they were involved in.

Visitor's notice

Please note that we are a relatively new group and would welcome constructive comments of critism or acclaim, offers of help and information on sources of interest.  We would especially like to hear from anyone from abroad who has a connection with Tharston.  Please make contact using the Contact form.


If you have already registered and been accepted as a member please sign in (below on right) to inform us of your visit.  The members' area, which this registration gave access to has been removed as it was not being looked at or used. If we find it necessary to replace it we will do so. If you have any thoughts on this please let us know.

The One Hour Challenge

Do you have ancestors who lived in Tharston or a nearby village around 1900? If so, members of the THS would like to take on the challenge of finding out as much as we can about a line of your family in one hour. This has been tried by other societies and has proved to be most informative and enjoyable for all concerned. Many families have used this as a springboard to undertake more detailed research of their own.

Should we undertake this, the results of our findings will be presented at one of our meetings and a copy given to the family. Please note that nothing will be presented at any meeting which is remotely contentious without the express permission of the family.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Postcards - then and now

Please help ...

Some members are looking to undertake a project where old postcards of South Norfolk places are compared with what can be seen today. We have quite a number already but are hoping that people will have others which they would be prepared to let us scan - any loaned to us will be returned and a credit given to the owner. Ideally they should be from within a 10 mile radius of Tharston and a minimum of 50 years old. More recent ones will be useful especially if significant changes have taken place - today's news is tomorrow's history! If you have any which would be of interest please contact us and we will arrange for collection and return.

What's new in the last month or so ...

(Most recent first)

  • 16th July 2015 - The Abbs Family - part of a book by Tracey Meeton on the Abbs family.
  • 30th April 2015 - Hapton Hall - Some old photo postcards of Hapton Hall.
  • 22nd April 2015 - The Abbs family - Further document transcripts perhaps relating to the Abbs family.
  • 7th March 2015 - Tharston Wordsearches - 2 wordsearch puzzles, 1881 census surnames and place names.
  • 2nd February 2015 - The Abbs family - A New Zealand descendant of the Abbs Tharston farming family.
  • 26th January 2015 - Additions to existing data - Many small updates to parish registers, newspaper articles and other sections.
  • 16th December 2014 - New Quiz - Quiz 3 based on the Tharston Parish Registers.
  • 13th December 2014 - Early Baptisms - the start of the transcript of 17C baptisms - further updated since.

Village Sign The Bells Vittoria Mills Church Cider Making The Manor Village

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