Our monthly meetings for 2018 will be held on the third Wednesday of the month at different local venues.  Details will be posted here  – or why not join the ‘Friends‘ and support our ongoing research to preserve the heritage of the villages and receive regular email updates.  Entry to all monthly meetings is free for ‘Friends‘; entry to monthly meetings with presentations is £3 for visitors.

Wednesday 9th January 2019, 7.30pm, Neatishead School NR12 8XN
Presentation: ‘Broadland Breweries Past and Present’
by Nicola Hems, Museum of the Broads Curator

The Hole in the Wall – images on the ‘Welcome’ page

Sometimes called the ‘Eel’s Foot’, but best known as the ‘Hole in the Wall’, its proximity to Barton Broad has made it well-known to Broads holiday makers, prior to its being closed down in 1966, but it still attracts much curiosity, having been the last of the beerhouses in this area.  As an off-licence, beer was obtained through a wicket (opening window) at the rear, and not to be consumed on the premises, means that many gallons of beer have been drunk on a seat placed along the flint wall, and in the nearby area.

Queries still come as to how long a licence to retail porter and stout was held here. Earliest available records of this show that a James Amis died in 1846, leaving house, chattels and brewery equipment to his wife Pamela, who later sold it to their daughter Pamela’s husband James Yaxley, and through fathers to sons and an auction, the premises only are now the possession of a great grandson of his.
Source: John Yaxley, A Jam Round Barton Turf 


Regular displays on a different aspect of the villages’ history to link with the meeting on the following Wednesday.   They are held at the Neatishead Farmers’ Market, on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 9am – 12noon at the New Victory Hall, Neatishead, NR12 8AD.  Why not pop along for a coffee and a bacon butty too with a variety of stalls too.

Next Farmers’ Market: Saturday 8th December