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Medieval peasants – the name 
Freeman occurs in the 
Domesday Book 
of 1086. Illustration: Thinkstock

Free-born folk of England

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. Freeman is an exceptionally high frequency surname, there being 19,103 instances recorded

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The mighty survivor

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Derek James pays tribute to the soldiers in the Far East PoW camps, and tells the story of one who went on to become The

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Witch-hunt in Ipswich

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A new book tells the horrifying tale of cruelty and injustice in 17th Century East Anglia. At least 100 witches were executed in the 17th

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At The Beck, Newton St Faith, 1940-1. Back row, Albert Clements, Eddie Lloyd, Jacky Olley, evacuee Johnny Mold; front, Brian Clements, Ronny Olley.

Wartime fate – and chocolate

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Evacuee Eddie Lloyd recalls how his sweet tooth led him to a life in Norfolk rather than Wales. In September, 1939, my parents thought it

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The Last Word – May

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Let’s Talk editor Neil Haverson tells us about when his missions to the shops had to stop. At one time I gained a reputation in

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Travels with Gemini and Gertie

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From butcher’s van to discomobile to long weekend transport, the Bedford van is a versatile vehicle, says BBC Radio Norfolk’s David Clayton. Look, here’s a

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The destructive lie

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Lies will do nobody any good at all in the long run, declares counsellor Amanda Goss. Recently I was witness to the telling of a

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Portrait of a soldier

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He was the former Norfolk crane driver who was hailed a hero in Poland and at Carrow Road football stadium. Derek James pays tribute to

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The Norwich Civic Association’s St George’s dinner in 2014, at the Great Hospital. From left, Sheriff of Norwich, Graham Creelman; speaker, Joe Stirling; and The Lord Mayor, Keith Driver.

Joe’s escape

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Joe Stirling’s incredible story has all the ingredients of a bestseller and now, at last, it will be told. A biography is due to be

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Having a ball

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They were the days of packed ballrooms – Steve Burns, aka Dr Vinyl, recalls the big band era in Cromer. This month I am looking at

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