Fonds MC 2896/N1-932 (cite numbers required), PH 8 - Photographic slides of secular buildings in Norfolk of Dr Michael John Ockenden

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MC 2896/N1-932 (cite numbers required), PH 8


Photographic slides of secular buildings in Norfolk of Dr Michael John Ockenden


  • c 1995 (Creation)

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192 slides

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Dr Michael John Ockenden was born in London in 1931, and died in 2010. Dr Ockenden was educated at Malborough College, then at St Edmund Hall, Oxford (MA in French), Lancaster University (MA in linguistics), and Liverpool University (PhD in architecture). Though actively interested in architecture and photography, Dr Ockenden was professionally a linguist, and taught languages at various schools and colleges throughout his career, the longest period at Edge Hill College, Ormskirk, Lancashire (1968-91). Following his retirement in 1991, Ockenden keenly pursued colour slide photography, with a particular focus on buildings. In 2002 and 2009, he published two books 'Tower and Steeple: The Story of Ormskirk Parish Church' and 'The English Reformation and the Parish Church' which included his own photographs.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 24 January 2013 (ACC 2012/270). Catalogued 13 March 2013 (SM/SL).

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The slides are all numbered and labelled with a short description. They depict scenes around Norfolk, including Norwich Castle, Blickling, Holkham and Felbrigg halls, as follows:
N1-53 Norfolk houses including: Mannington Hall; Houghton Hall; Holkham Hall; Rainthorpe Hall; Raveningham Hall; and Blickling Hall.
N54-97 Not present
N98-103 Norwich scenes including the Castle and Guildhall.
N104-183 Variety of Norfolk houses including: Hoveton House; Oxburgh Hall; Blickling Hall; Felbrigg Hall and Holkham Hall.
N184-192 Not present
N193-204 Norwich, and Wymondham scenes including Bishop Bridge, Cow Tower and the Octagon Chapel.
N205-221 Not present
N222-231 Thetford scenes including the Castle and the Priory.
N232-233 Grimes Graves
N234-251 Not present
N252-275 King's Lynn including the Guildhall, Custom House, Duke's Head, King Street and Greyfriars Church.
N276-300 Castle Acre and Castle Acre Priory
N301 Attleborough
N328-9 Hingham
N343 Swaffham
N364-5 North Elmham
N464-7 Aylsham
N574 North Walsham
N632 Binham Priory
N649-650 Blakeney and Cley
N660 Great Massingham
N664-7 East Barsham and Great Snoring
N673 Little Snoring
N717-722 Castle Rising
N737-8 Creake Abbey
N792 New Buckenham
N911 North Walsham
N932 Felbrigg Hall

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Slides of Norfolk churches sent by depositor to Norfolk Historic Churches Trust.

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