Contacting us and ordering the books

You can use the contact form on the website of the publishers Burnham Press us

You can also buy the books direct from the publishers or through Amazon on that site to buy

The website has special sections on some of the many types of readers to whom the books will appeal, and on the design of the books.

Mary Hardy

You can discover much more about Mary Hardy, her diary, and the five volumes of diary text to be published on 30 April 2013 on the dedicated Diary website

Archives and libraries

See the National Archives: Public Record Office for visiting arrangements and the online catalogue

See the Norfolk Record Office for visiting arrangements and the online catalogue NROCAT

As well as the great national collections of the copyright libraries there are excellent local collections. Of particular relevance is the Colman Collection bequeathed by descendants of Mary Hardy, in the Norfolk Heritage Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library

Specialist groups and societies

Many societies run by volunteers produce informative newsletters and/or journals which shed light on Mary Hardy’s world:

Aylsham Local History Society

Blakeney Area Historical Society

Brewery History Society

Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society They run the open days and work the water-powered mill at Gunton Park Sawmill.

Norfolk Wherry Trust

Wells Local History Group

The Parson Woodforde Society has published the full manuscript text, in 17 volumes, of this well-known diarist, who was writing a few miles away and at the same time

The Norfolk Churches Trust, the Broads Society and the Holt Society organise talks and tours of interest to Mary Hardy readers. These very appealing websites, with their beautiful images, are a mine of information not only for the visitor but also for those who know the area well:

A useful tool for those researching innkeepers and public houses, with material usually from 1836 onwards, is a database of Norfolk public houses giving details of more than 5000 properties

When visiting Mary Hardy’s home village be sure not to miss the experience of seeing water power in action at Letheringsett Watermill, still producing stoneground flour for sale.

Also you can still see Letheringsett Maltings and Brewery from the main road, converted to housing 2013–15. You can read more about Letheringsett’s mills on a specialist website dedicated to Norfolk’s windmills and watermills, which also includes photographs of the Hardys’ brewery with its water-powered cornmill:

An organisation was formed in 2012 to promote interest in the history, flora and fauna of the Aylsham navigation and to seek to improve access to the public footpaths along the waterway: the Bure Navigation Conservation Trust (BNCT).