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 all.

The Group is not currently undertaking archaeological activities but members continue to meet and work on Historical Documents.

[The website is currently being updated, June 2020]

Covid-19

Members have not been able to have public meetings due to the pandemic, so our planned EGM and Historical Documents section meeting in April 2020 was cancelled. However we do hope to meet again in October 2020 for the AGM and a progress report on Historical documents section activity.

Archaeological section

[To be written]

Historical Documents section

The NCAG Historical Documents section is active in researching the written history of Norton.

The first major project was to publish translations and transcriptions of Norton’s manorial court records. The court records run from 1244 to 1916 and around 85% of them have survived. With the help of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and North Herts District Council we were able to pay for the translation from Latin of the earlier documents. More recent records written in English were transcribed by ourselves. Eventually all records were published in three books, fully indexed and with introductions giving interpretation of the texts.

Since publishing the three books, two further pamphlets have been produced (see NCAG Publications).

Current work

Our work of transcribing documents continues. The section is currently working on further projects with the intention of publishing two more books:

  • St Nicholas school log books 1873 – 1918
  • Further transcription of Norton records 1007 – 1680

We are always pleased to welcome new members to help in transcribing original documents such as 16th and 17th century Wills and Inventories. We meet formally every April and October, but work in transcribing requires more frequent individual communication. If you are interested in taking part please email us at ncagmembers@live.co.uk.