File MC 26/1 - Journal by a Mr Marten of Plaistow

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MC 26/1


Journal by a Mr Marten of Plaistow


  • Sep 1825 (Creation)

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1 volume

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Born at Gateshead on 17 January 1766. Died, unmarried, on 1 September 1832. Buried on 7 September in the vestibule of St Mary's Chapel, Norwich. Particular Baptist minister.

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Of an excursion to Cromer in September 1825 with his wife and daughter (possibly Sarah Marten whose name is inscribed as a subsequent owner of the journal). They travelled by the steam packet 'Hero' from London to Yarmouth, thence by a steam vessel to Norwich, then by coach to Cromer where they stayed a fortnight at the New Inn, and then by coach back to Plaistow via Norwich and Attleborough, Hockham where they stayed a few days, and Cambridge. An evangelical, Marten includes detailed descriptions of church and meetinghouse buildings and services and there are references to the distribution of tracts. The following are particularly mentioned - subsidence of the London Custom House, projected Thames tunnel, meeting with Major Bartleman an inventor of gun improvements; Great Yarmouth, ships building, market, wherries, Gorleston; Norwich, St Mary's Baptist Chapel and Mr Kinghorn, Princes Street Congregational Church, the Cathedral, Grout's silk factory at Heigham and a cottage crape weaver, Italians selling busts of Sir Walter Scott, Shakespeare etc., the new City gaol in course of building; Cromer and its environs including Runton and Overstrand, new buildings, bathing machines, church and church services, the lighthouse and its keepers, the pier, lobster and other fisheries and a fish curing house, sea encroachments, visit to Fowell Buxton at Cromer Hall; anniversary meetings of the Auxiliary Bible Society and Society for the conversion of the Jews in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, passing Westwick Park and North Walsham and describing St Andrew's Hall and its pictures and the anniversary meetings and dinner with hymns at Earlham (Hall described) by invitation of Joseph Gurney; on journey home, stay at Hockham Lodge and shooting parties there, Shropham Church; Cambridge, Trinity College; encounter with Capt. Allardyce Barclay the celebrated pedestrian. With sketches by Marten of Cromer cliffs, beach, pier, lighthouse etc., John Gurney's house and Trimingham Church and engraving of Cromer. (Engraving of Yarmouth, and J.A. Repton's engraved plan of Norwich, noted as present in 1980, not found in 2010.)

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Selected pages (not including drawings) on microfilm MF/RO 649/1.

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A transcript of Robert Humphrey Marten's autobiography is in the Norfolk Record Office's library.

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'Mr Marten's Travels in East Anglia', ed. E. Larby (Cromer, 2012).

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Created 15/11/2004 by Droip. Modified 16/03/2018 by Droip.


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