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Northrepps

Gimingham, Trimingham, Knapton, Trunch,
Northrepps, Southrepps, lie all in a bunch.
 

Northrepps lies two miles south-east of Cromer. It's a charming village with many flint and brick cottages and an impressive church - however St. Mary's is not quite on the same scale as St. James' at nearby Southrepps.

Northrepps Hall

Northrepps Hall © Mr Whiskey

The veteran author Verily Anderson (1916-2010) lived in the village for many years. She is probably best known for her 'Brownies' children's stories such as: The Brownies and the Wedding Day and Brownies on Wheels. However, she had a varied career and also wrote the screenplay for No Kidding - based on her book Beware of the Children. The role of Mr Anderson was played by Lesley Phillips in the film.

Verily's first husband was the military historian Capt Donald Clive Anderson - who she married in 1940. After Anderson's death and a move to Northrepps in 1965 she married the distinguished architect Paul Paget. (Sir John Betjeman was the best man at their wedding.)

Verily Anderson

Verily was also a local historian and in The Northrepps Grandchildren (1968) she documented the lives of her grandparents - who were members of the Gurney, Buxton and Barclay families who lived for many generations at Northrepps Hall. The families, who were Quakers, inter-married and became a significant banking dynasty.

The Gurney family originally hailed from Gurney Court on Magdalen Street in Norwich before moving out to Earlham Hall on the outskirts of the city. The prison reformer Elizabeth Fry (a daughter of the Gurney's) - who was Verily's great-great aunt - was born in the Court - as was the authoress Harriet Martineau. Many of the Gurney family are buried in the Quaker Cemetery at Gildencroft in Norwich.

Anna Gurney (1795-1857), the Anglo Saxon scholar and philanthropist, lived for many years at Northrepps Cottage. When she was10 months old she contracted polio which left her confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She purchased a Manby Mortar for the town of Sheringham to help save the lives of shipwrecked sailors. (The Mortar later became the breeches buoy.) She has wrote a poem commemorating the launch of the town's first lifeboat - entitled: Poem Written for the Launch of the Augusta, Sheringham's First Purpose Built Lifeboat, In 1838.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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