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 newly formed 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 at any time we will do so. If you have any thoughts on this please let us know.



Next Open Meeting - Wednesday, 28th May 2014 - Local Archaeology

The next open meeting is on 28th May 2014 at Picton Farm meeting room starting at 7:30p.m. The topic for the meeting is local archaeology, a talk given by Graeme Simmonds who is a very enthusiastic amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist.  Hopefully it will bring us closer to recovered ancient artefacts and give a full understanding of the importance of these items , their use and hopefully, links with today.   The meeting will be one of conversation, with the added enjoyment of handling things from the past.  We have some of our own Tharston artifacts which we hope to look at and get Graeme's expert eye to see what we perhaps haven't noticed.  See the meeting flyer here.

Anyone interested in Tharston and the surrounding area is most welcome. Entrance is free but there is a collection to help with expenses. (Perhaps this meeting could give insights into what may be available for other villages.)

If you are interested and will be joining us please contact us so we have some idea of numbers.


Last open meeting ...

Our March open meeting looked at the local Duffield family and included researching the family tree. The talk was interspersed with anecdotes from Michael Duffield which were ofter highly entertaining.  Our thanks go to him for participating in this.

Special visit ...

On 18th March a group of us visited the Archive Centre to see what is available there and to view example documents, many of which were related to Tharston. We were also shown the department which conserves documents and we all found this absolutely fascinating.  Many thanks to Karen and Nick for the great insight into the Archive Centre's work.

Full calendar of events ...

A separate page of all events for 2014/2015 is available here.

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

(Most recent first)

  • 20th April 2014 - Trade Directories - Now twelve directory transcriptions from 1854 to 1912
  • 29th March 2014 - Lloyd Family - The Lloyd family and their tragedies
  • 22nd March 2014 - History Calendar - A new section summarising all the known dates of events happening in Tharston, including births, baptisms, marriages and burials, arranged in chronological order.
  • 7th March 2014 - Duffield Family - More information on the Duffield family tree and pictures added to the Duffield  and Fuller memorials.
  • 28th February 2014 - Parish Records - A finalised version of Tharston burials for 1813 to 1934 with cross reference to memorials in St. Mary's churchyard.
  • 19th February 2014 - Local Families - The beginnings of a project on the Duffield family
  • 16th February 2014 - Resources - List of very useful web-based resources for family and local history researching.

Tharston History Society - Forum

Community discusion group of society members

There is a forum that is being used to share information.  It is found at:


Please use this to exchange ideas and information that may be of interest to members or to others in general.

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

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