Norton Canon History Project

The two meetings (15/11/2015 and 30/1/2016) about the history of Norton Canon generated such a lot of interest that we have created a ‘Norton Canon History Project’ to organise research into all aspects of the history of our parish and with the aim of producing a definitive publication in about three years. Local publisher Logaston Press has said they will do the editing, printing and publishing. The project now has an informal committee to co-ordinate the works and events: George Children, John Lewis, Robert Loxton, Mairion Jones, Karen Nicholas, Sally Boyce and David Lovelace (contact person david[at]tilia[dot]org[dot]uk). The project is grateful to have the support of the Norton Canon Charity.

Day visit to HARC 19/7/16 produced much interesting material - for now, some we had placed online, in particular the Land Tax assessment from 1777 to 1830 from the Hereford Quarter Sessions which have all the names and worth of land holders in the parish: click here for the zoomable originals - needs 1/2 reasonable connection for the images to render to full resolution. Full parish census for 1881, 1891, 1901 and have begun 1911 (click these links). For 1911 just Underwood and Handley families so far. Also the Norton Canon trade directory entries for 1851, 1876, 1890, 1905, 1913, 1922 and 1941. This is just a tiny fraction of original material on Norton Canon - more to come! The project will be setting up a database to analyse all this information, so if anyone wants to start entering data onto an Excel spreadsheet let me know (email above).

We are continuing to work on the history of education, the church (Norton Canon supplied the Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral), parish charities, archives from Saxon to Victorian times, old maps and historic aerial photographs, identifying possible archaeological sites for excavation and recording ecological features like veteran trees and ancient hedgerows. We will be arranging meetings for 2018.

To download the original history day presentation click here [PowerPoint file 65Mbytes]