Good Judge William at Edingthorpe Church

Historical walks by Paston character

Choose a member of the Paston family to guide you around our heritage walks.

Each walk has an audio guide featuring a Paston character telling their chapter of the Paston story, with much of the dialogue taken from the Paston letters.


The walks are listed in chronological order of their chapter in the Paston timeline. An alternative is to dip in and out of the story as you like, or by preferred location.

 
Good Judge William at Edingthorpe Church

Join Agnes Paston on a scenic countryside walk and learn how her husband Good Judge William Paston (pictured) contributed to the family's rise from simple farmers to Tudor aristocracy. 

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Join Agnes Paston on a peaceful walk along an old pilgrim route and along the sands of Bacton beach to find the ruins of Bromholm Priory.  The Paston family had close connections with Bromholm Priory, which was a major pilgrim destination in their day.

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Walk alongside wayside flowers and take in views of the ruined Caister Castle as you discover the story of the first 'woman of letters' narrated by Margaret Mautby Paston - the 'Captainess' of the Paston family.

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Join Margaret Paston on a walk around the peaceful village of Gresham and listen to her story of how she survived the 1449 siege of Gresham Castle. You can also view a 3D reconstruction of the castle where it once stood.

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On this walk around the medieval quarter of Norwich,  Margery Brews Paston will entertain you with family dramas, tell you what plants to use to avoid the plague and all about the Queen's visit. Her husband, John Paston III, will also accompany you on the walk and share insights into the Pastons' enterprising life in the city during the Wars of the Roses.

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On this walk around the hidden gem of Oxnead Rebecca Paston will entertain you with stories of her husband Robert's alchemy experiments, as well as family dramas during the perilous English Restoration period and Royal visits from Charles II.

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Join Edward Paston on a walk around Blofield village as he shares some music tracks and explains how he had a major part in preserving the sacred music of the great Tudor composers such as William Byrd and Thomas Tallis.