I would like to acknowledge the kind assistance with the research
for this village study given to me by so many.
Without their help this site wouldn't be what it is.
First of all, much appreciation goes to my extended family for their continuing support and encouragement with this project. Their memories, photographs, documents and patient answers to my inquisitive questions, e-mails and snail mails have been and continue to be of invaluable assistance with my research. Also, giving their gracious permission to use information gleaned from family papers in their possession has greatly added to the information available on the website.
A very special thank you goes to Laurie Leeder and his son Wayne. Shortly after mentioning the website to Laurie, I began receiving many wonderful photographs of the village and former residents, both old and new. The majority of modern photos were taken by Wayne Leeder, including the beautiful Sunset over Swanton Novers Great Wood, which is my special favourite. Some older images Laurie had in his possession, but he has also traced former residents of the village and obtained photos from them along with their kind permission for use on the website. Please see Photo Credits for a list of their names.
I'm grateful to both Laurie and Wayne for taking it upon themselves to do this; the images make the site that much more interesting. Laurie also obtained permission from his father, E. E. (Ted) Leeder, for me to use his little book Swanton Novers Norfolk: My Own Memories of Over Sixty Years.
Phil Booth has also kindly granted me permission to display his recent photo of St. Edmund's Church, for which I thank him very much.
Members of the NORFOLK-L mailing list have, and continue to willingly volunteer their time to assist me with look-ups in various directories and other sources. Thank you Geoff Lowe, Paul Manning, Steven Reeve, Pat Mason, Pat Newby and those many others who wish to remain anonymous. I also owe a big thank you to Mark Howells, owner of NORFOLK-L, for his help and guidance in certain cyber matters. Thanks for getting me started!
Staff at the Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums (Landscape Archaeology) have been most helpful assisting me with my queries.
There are also many friends I've come to know because of our mutual interest in the village and its inhabitants. Most are descendants of former residents of Swanton Novers and they continue to be of much help and encouragement with this project. Some are listed on the Contact List.
And most of all, of course, thank you to my Gran, for being the source of my inspiration for all of this.