Wramplingham lies on the River Tiffey four miles
north of Wymondham. The mill
at Wramplingham was demolished in 1945
- but the village sign stands in the old mill
Bill Bryson, the celebrated travel writer and
humorist, lived in an old rectory in the
village. He is the author of many books including
Notes from a Small Island (1995) and A Short
History of Nearly Everything (2003). His book At
Home (2010) was actually inspired by his rectory after he
discovered a secret door in the attic. The book
charts the history of ordinary home life - touching on
subjects such as food hygiene, furniture and the history
of cooking. The rectory, which is screened by trees,
stands on a hill above the village next to St Peter and
St Paul's church.
Bryson settled in England in 1977 and in 2007 he was
appointed president of the Campaign to Protect Rural
England (CPRE). He is currently engaged in the
organisation's work to
prevent littering: 'Stop the Drop!'
Notes from a Small Island, which was written shortly
before his return to the USA, is probably his most
famous work. Prior to writing it - he had spent 20 years
in the country and had married an English nurse called Cynthia Billen. In the book, he manages
to capture many of the essential features of the English
character - particularly our resilience in the face of
World Wars, economic depressions and the weather. The
book has been adapted for both radio and television.
Bryson's tone is often humorous but his work is,
nevertheless, full of insight. Talking about his return
to the USA he had this to say: 'I had recently read that 3.7 million Americans
according to a Gallup poll, believed that they had been
abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was
clear that my people needed me.'
In his memoir Earlham Percy Lubbock delights in
the mellifluous sound of various Norfolk village names
and is particularly pleased with Wramplingham. Lubbock
grew up at Earlham Hall on the
outskirts of Norwich.