Parson Woodforde’s Diary

In one sense James Woodforde did nothing of interest during his 44 years as a country parson in the second half of the 18th century. But that’s exactly what makes him so interesting to us today. He tells us about the Norfolk parish of Weston Longeville, its people, the seasons they shared and the world they lived in.

There are dramatic events, country rituals, constant human dilemmas and throughout there is a touching portrait of a man who always tried to live to the highest moral standards, except when the smugglers left a barrel of gin at his door! This talk will provide an introduction to this marvellous diary and the extraordinary country parson who kept it.