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Mautby is a small village which lies five miles north-west of Great Yarmouth. It is situated just above the flood plain of the River Bure.

The remains of Margaret Paston (one of the writers of the Paston Letters)  were buried in the south aisle of the church of St. Peter and St. Paul's. However, this part of the church fell into disrepair and was removed during Victorian times. Her remains, therefore, now lie outside of the church. However, there is a plaque in the graveyard to commemorate the location.

Grave Marker for Margaret Paston (c.1421-1484)

Mautby Church

St. Peter and St. Paul at Mautby

Margaret's maiden name was Mauteby and she was brought up at nearby Mautby Hall. The hall lies about a mile from the Paston stronghold of Caister Castle. One of her ancestors, Sir Walter de Mauteby, has a tomb in the church - located close to the lectern. However the stone work is now badly damaged. Margaret left written instructions that her body should be buried:

'in the ele of that church at Mawteby, byfore the ymage of Our Lady there; in which ele the bodies of divers myn auncestres, whose sowles God assoile'.

The church has a thatched roof, a round tower and a 15th-century font. It also has a remarkable 20th-century stained glass showing St. Thomas Aquinas saying Mass and St. Clare with a monstance.


See also Oxnead and Paston.


More Paston Family Photographs





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