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Greetings to you all from New Zealand. My Howell family line came from Cley. We can trace our rooots back to at least 1822 in the area. What I would like to know is, Are there any Howell descendants still living in or around the area of Cley?? I would love to hear form you.
I is my hope and dream to get there one day?

Many thanks


Added: September 7, 2009
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Spent a great day here - pity about the traffic though but well worth a visit.

Admin reply: Yes sadly traffic can be a problem through the coast road, but there other parts of the village away from the A149 that are a lot quieter


Added: August 10, 2009
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I absolutely loved Cley when we visited for the day last year! We have just booked a cottage for christmas week and I am more excited about it than going ANYWHERE abroad! It wouldn't bother me if the only place I ever visited for my holidays was north Norfolk. My only aim, is to be able to reside permanently in your lovely county. To me, its the stuf that dreams are made of!

Added: August 6, 2009
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Admin reply: All we can say is keep trying the halls are run by volunteers so try different times/days


Added: July 17, 2009
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I lived in Cley for three years, Oct 1958 - Oct 1961, at DROXFORD. I was in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at RAF Station Sculthorpe. Loved it ! I finally got to visit Cley last October (2008). It hasn't changed appreciably. It is still a charming place. I was a close friend of Hazel and Tom Dawson. Tom has passed on, but I got to visit with Hazel. Had a wonderful time. I was in the Blakeney Players for about two years. I don't remember everyone, but if anyone sees this and remembers me, I would enjoy hearing from them.

Added: July 14, 2009
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I enjoy your site!

Added: July 13, 2009
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Reasearching Thurston's of Cley,i have plenty of info and happy to share.any connections out there?
carl


Added: December 18, 2008
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We'd like to say thank you to everyone who helped us to extract our car from the shingle in the beach car park on Sunday - especially the fantastic couple with the dog and the dark red 4x4, who towed us out, and whose assistance was very, very much appreciated. We thought Cley was lovely, but I don't think we'll be visiting the beach again! Perhaps a bollard, or a judiciously placed lump of concrete, might be in order?

Admin reply: The shingle moves so much over the year that it'd be impossible to put bollards etc down there unfortunately, glad you got out ok


Added: November 11, 2008
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I spent summer holidays as a boy staying with my Grandparents : Arthur & Stella Mann and I regard it as my spiritual home. My Grandfathers' brother & sister, who were Edmund & Doris, lived in a cottage "under the hill" opposite the beach road, I believe that at one time it was named Umtata which would have been as a consequence of 19th century ancestors who were master mariners working for Bullard,King & Co who sailed a direct service to the Natal.
I believe there was a connection between the Cley families of Mann & Lewis & possibly Sands as they were all Master Mariners(there is a picture of them in the scholarly work entitled "The Glaven Ports" by Jonathan Hooton which I highly recommend to those who are interested in the detailed history of Cley, Blakeney & Wiveton.
I would be delighted if anybody with a similar interest had any information, correspondence, or old photographs of Cley (particularly the inhabitants)which they would like to make available as I am keen to learn as much as I can about my Mother's family and Cley and document it if I possibly can.
I would also be interetsed if anybody had recollections of a lovely man who had a wooden leg and a donkey cart from which he sold vegetables that he had grown, I think his name was John?
The marshes seem to me much changed in their character from when my Grandfather used to guide me through the creeks picking samphire in July or down to the little concrete bridge, close to the windmill, to bab for eels on the flooding tide.
Cley is indeed a special place.


Added: October 1, 2008
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Visited Cley last August and promised myself we would return. Well we have just had another wonderful weeks holiday in the area.We love it and are hoping to return again next year. I have to say though, I do agree that it would be useful to have a genearl store and PO in the village.PS Love the website!

Admin reply: We'd all find it useful too but there's no chance of a PO and with 50% of Cley homes empty most of the time there's not much chance of a shop either sadly.

Thanks for signing the guestbook and glad you enjoyed your holiday


Added: August 31, 2008
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