Norton Community Archaeology Group was established in 2006 to investigate the archaeology of the historic parish of Norton in Hertfordshire, now part of Letchworth Garden City. Norton has extraordinarily well preserved historical records covering 1000 years of our social history and unspoilt archaeology spanning 10,000 years. The Norton Community Archaeology Group (NCAG) was set up to further our knowledge of the village and surrounding area through practical “hands-on” historical research and archaeological excavations. Participation is currently at no cost to Letchworth residents. Families, schools and individuals are all welcome to join in, whatever your experience and age. We have the rare opportunity to get “hands-on” with our own history and to make many further exciting discoveries.

Norton, Hertfordshire

The historic core of Norton from the air in the summer of 2008

Our website is currently undergoing major redevelopment to allow a more interactive experience for visitors. Please bear with us while the contents of this new version continue to be updated.

We returned to Stapleton’s Field for six weeks from 11 July to have another look at the henge. This time, we have opened up a large area, 40 m by 40 m, which has exposed about a third of the henge. The excavation blog gives a day-by-day account of progress. You can download the Stapletons Field Project Design 2012/13 to find out more about what we are hoping to achieve.  You can also see the Heritage foundation video about our Summer 2012 dig at YouTube.

Norton Community Archaeology Group has its own channel on Vimeo, where we post video diaries and other video clips to keep people updated on our progress in the field, as well as a Flikr stream of photographs showing the Group’s activities.

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The Historical Documents Section was established to translate and transcribe old documents relating to Norton.  There is a wealth of documents, many of which are held at the Hertfordshire Archive and Local Studies (HALS).  We have been photographing these documents starting with the Manorial Court records which run from 1244 to 1916 of which around 85% have survived.  Our first project has been to publish all of the translations/transcriptions in three books, a task which was completed in 2015.  We are now continuing to transcribe further records such as Taxation Returns and Wills.  Details of the three books which we have published are given below.

Photo - Manorial Court Records 1540-1752 books

Records of the Manor of Norton in the Liberty of St Albans 1244-1539 with an Introduction written by NCAG members and edited by Sue Flood and Professor Mark Bailey.  Fully indexed.  Published by the Hertfordshire Record Society.

Retail price                                            £22.00

A limited number of books are available to NCAG members at a discounted price.The book was launched on 9 May 2015 at the Hertfordshire Association for Local History AGM at Sawbridgeworth.

Norton Court Records 1540-1752 with an introduction written by NCAG members.  This book is published by NCAG.

Price to NCAG members                         £12.00
Price to non-members                             £17.99

The book was launched at David’s bookshop in Letchworth Garden City in September 2015 where it is now on sale for £17.99.  For further information on this book see book launch.

Norton Court Records 1757-1916 including the 1798-9 Enclosure Awards.  NCAG published this book in 2014 and it is now out of print.  Copies may be viewed at Letchworth library as well as HALS in Hertford.  We are considering a further print run if demand is sufficient.  Please let us know if you would wish to purchase a copy at £20.

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