NEEDHAM: The Story of a Rural Norfolk Village

Stephen Poulter

East of England
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Professional Speaker
Paid: £75 + 40p/mile travel (excluding first 20 miles)
26th March 2020
Local And Family History | Researching | Rural Life | East Anglia

In the course of researching the background to his 17th century home in the small, rural Norfolk village of Needham, Stephen has uncovered a wealth of interesting material about the history of this ancient settlement which dates back more than 2000 years. This is a tale that includes Roman coin hoards, Norman knights, a medieval religious protest, and reveals a prosperous 17th century community of Yeoman farmers. The residents were buffeted by revolution, war, and economic unrest as the 18th century gave way to the Victorian era, and also experienced plenty of human dramas nearer to home which included bankruptcies, the handling of stolen goods, a fatal accident caused by drunk driving, and a violent pub brawl which resulted in a trial for manslaughter.

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About Stephen Poulter

Based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Diss, I have given hundreds of talks since 2010 to audiences ranging from a dozen to over 500 people for all sorts of community organisations including U3A, WI, Rotary, plus local history and church social groups. I can take bookings up to a year ahead or, subject to availability, I can step in at short notice if your speaker cancels unexpectedly. I provide my own technical gear for your convenience - all I ask is that the host group provide a screen. I am happy to travel to any location in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as North Essex and East Cambridgeshire.

I currently work as an auctioneer at a fortnightly country sale in Hertfordshire, run an online antiques, vintage and collectables business and am a part time tutor teaching short courses for the WEA. Previously I owned and ran an independent bookshop for ten years. Between 2005 and 2014 I interviewed dozens of major celebrity names live on stage - including Julie Walters, Ian Botham, Alan Titchmarsh, Sheila Hancock, Alan Davies - as part of a regular Meet the Author programme I produced at theatres and other venues across Hertfordshire. In my long career I have also chaired and made presentations at numerous conferences, seminars and debates, at national and international level.

I have given a number of online lectures for WEA members using Powerpoint on Zoom, and I also have the capability to do the same on Skype.

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