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John Betjeman (1906-1984) JB visited Diss to make a documentary for TV.Something about Diss (producer Malcolm Freegard). The poem A Mind's Journey to Diss. by John Betjeman.

George Borrow (1803-81) b Dumpling Green or East Dereham, Norfolk, ed. Edinburgh, Clonmel and 1816-24 and 1826 Norwich, (Borrow House in Willow Lane, Norwich also has a plaque outside) 1853-1860 Yarmouth; (The Society can provide information on the nine separate lodgings the Borrows took in Yarmouth)

Rider Haggard (1856-1925), b West Bradenham Hall, Norfolk, ed. Garsington, Ditchingham 1889. Commemorated in Ditchingham. Ditchingham House has been flats for quite a long time now but still belongs to the family who live at Ditchingham Lodge. Connections to Rider Haggard displayed in Ditchingham Lodge, Ditchingham House and Bradenham Hall. His grandson, Cdr. Mark Cheyne, and his wife are in the photograph (right).
Ditchingham House
The bay window on the left is in the room in which Sir Rider Haggard wrote

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) born in Norwich 12th June.

Arthur Ransome (1884-1967) whilst living at Pin Mill in Suffolk, visited the Norfolk Broads and - of course - sailed there and evolved the stories of Coot Club and The Big Six.

Sylvia Nora Townsend Warner (1893-1978) lived from time to time in Norfolk notably at Frankfurt Manor, Sloley and Great Eye Folly, Salthouse (which was later destroyed by the sea).

James Woodforde (1740-1802) In 1774, he obtained a college living at Weston Longeville in Norfolk, died in Norfolk 1802.

Henry Williamson (1895-1977) 1937-45 lived at Old Hall Farm, Stiffkey, North Norfolk. The photo is of Meadow Lea Cottage, Stiffkey, where Henry Williamson lived for ten years. Whether they are one and the same place, I do not know. Any enlightenment gratefully received.

P G Wodehouse (1881-1975) Between the wars Wodehouse often visited his friend Charles Le Strange at Hunstanton Hall, Hunstanton which became Blandings Castle.
"It became Aunt Agatha's country seat Woollam Chersey and also the inspiration for the setting for Money for Nothing (1928). The octagon in the garden also featured in Jeeves and the Impending Doom. Norfolk also furnishes the names of many of the colourful characters in the books e.g. Lord Brancaster, Jack Snettisham and J Sheringham Adair." Wikipaedia

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