Did you know that in the 17th century Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, found witches in King's Lynn, Norwich and Great Yarmouth. In 1885 at Norwich Castle gaol an event occurred that was so horrible it blighted the Public Executioner's entire career. In 1813 the executed corpse of Mary Turrell was buried under the road at Harleston with a stake through her heart. In 1805 a runaway wife was traced to Norwich and sold for #5 in the market-place. Neil Storey has collected together a macabre series of stories from over 300 years of Norfolk's gruesome past - including all the above, as well as tales of murder, smuggling, strange deaths, bodysnatching, plague, medical curiosities, public punishments, conspiracies, duels, bizarre disasters - and much more. Presented as an almanac, with one story for every day of the year, the book is illustrated with well-chosen engravings, paintings, photographs and rare documents. Violent, bloodthirsty and horrific, "A Grim Almanac of Norfolk" should appeal to anyone interested in the seamier side of social history.
Neil Storey is Norfolk's foremost local historian, and has written extensively for Sutton Publishing. He appears regularly on local radio and is well known throughout the county. Neil lives in North Walsham.