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Visitors step back in time at Sheringham Park living history weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:55 15 July 2018 | UPDATED: 23:19 15 July 2018

Sheringham Park Living History Volunteers group member Claire Hack with a traction engine owned by Richard Parrot, of Weeting, near Thetford Forest
Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park Living History Volunteers group member Claire Hack with a traction engine owned by Richard Parrot, of Weeting, near Thetford Forest Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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A Second World War Home Guard battalion and legendary garden designer Humphry Repton were among the characters greeting visitors to Sheringham Park at the weekend, as part of a living history event organised by a group of National Trust volunteeres.

An Edwardian lady and her gardener, played by National Trust volunteers Lottie Slade and Django Robinson
Photo: KAREN BETHELLAn Edwardian lady and her gardener, played by National Trust volunteers Lottie Slade and Django Robinson Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Attractions dotted around the park’s historic sites and viewpoints included a 1950s farmyard, an Edwardian garden and a working sawmill complete with 1920s saw bench and a traction engine brought along by farmer Richard Parrot, of Weeting, near Thetford forest.

Visitors also had a chance to see a logging demonstration with Jeff Shea and Alex the Suffolk Punch horse and meet Charlotte Upcher, who commissioned Repton to produce designs for Sheringham Park in 1812.

David Parmenter as Sheringham Park designer Humphry Repton
Photo: KAREN BETHELLDavid Parmenter as Sheringham Park designer Humphry Repton Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park Living History Volunteers group member Claire Hack said the two-day event, which is now in its seventh year, aimed to give visitors a chance to see “pockets of history” brought to life.

She added: “I think people have enjoyed the fact that it has been site specific and people have been able to see areas of the park as they would have been years ago.”

Christine and David Parmenter as Charlotte Upcher and Hiumphry Repton, whom she commissioned to design Sheringham Park in 1812
Photo: KAREN BETHELLChristine and David Parmenter as Charlotte Upcher and Hiumphry Repton, whom she commissioned to design Sheringham Park in 1812 Photo: KAREN BETHELL

To find out more about becoming a living history volunteer at Sheringham Park, phone 01263 820550.

Historian Neil Storey and Sheringham Park Living History Volunteers group member Fiona Kay as a First World War soldier and his nurse
Photo: KAREN BETHELLHistorian Neil Storey and Sheringham Park Living History Volunteers group member Fiona Kay as a First World War soldier and his nurse Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park Home Guard battalion members man the historic site's 1941 pillbox.
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park Home Guard battalion members man the historic site's 1941 pillbox. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park Living History Volunteers group founders Helen Swanston and Rupert Eris outside the park's 1941 pillbox, which Mr Eris helped restore
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park Living History Volunteers group founders Helen Swanston and Rupert Eris outside the park's 1941 pillbox, which Mr Eris helped restore Photo: KAREN BETHELL

From left: Nona Grey, Fiona Kay and Neil Storey, who welcomed visitors to a living history weekend held at Sheringham Park
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFrom left: Nona Grey, Fiona Kay and Neil Storey, who welcomed visitors to a living history weekend held at Sheringham Park Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Lottie Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener
Photo: KAREN BETHELLLottie Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Fun on the farm at Sheringham Park's living history weekend
Photo: KAREN BETHELLFun on the farm at Sheringham Park's living history weekend Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The 1950s farm, complete with vintage Feguson tractor, at the Sheringham Park living history weekend
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe 1950s farm, complete with vintage Feguson tractor, at the Sheringham Park living history weekend Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Lottie Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener
Photo: KAREN BETHELLLottie Slade and Django Robinson as an Edwardian lady and her gardener Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Have-a-go wood cutting at the sawmill
Photo: KAREN BETHELLHave-a-go wood cutting at the sawmill Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Jeff Shea and Alex the Suffolk Punch, who gave a logging demonstration at Sheringham Park's living history weekend
Photo: KAREN BETHELLJeff Shea and Alex the Suffolk Punch, who gave a logging demonstration at Sheringham Park's living history weekend Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Park Living History Volunteers group member Claire Hack shows eight-year-old Sam how to operate the sawbench
Photo: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Park Living History Volunteers group member Claire Hack shows eight-year-old Sam how to operate the sawbench Photo: KAREN BETHELL


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