Jonathan Hooton is a local historian based in Norwich. His two part talk is based on a book he published in 2021 about the Glaven Ports, Blakeney and Cley, from medieval times up to the 19th century and their demise by the time of the First World War. These were thriving ports during the era of the sailing ship. They were impacted first by land reclamation, which led to battles between landowners and ship owners, and ultimately by the development of railways.

This talk is in two parts, Part 1 on 5 July taking us up to 1800, and Part 2 on 4 October covering the later years. Wars, piracy, wrecks, rescues and entrepreneurial skills are some of the topics Jonathan will touch on, along with descriptions of some of the characters involved.

He will also tell us how to find the remaining traces of the ports in the area.