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I came upon your website by accident looking for information about Cley. My great-great grandfather, THOMAS LEWIS,was a mariner from Cley who ended up at Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham. I have traced back two further generations. His father was Francis who married twice whilst his was another Francis who had three wives and 19 or 20 children in total so there must be quite a lot of descendants. I did pass by your village on a coach trip whilst staying at Cromer but that was before I had taken such an interest in the area. From looking at the census of Seaham the were a number of men from Norfolk who settled in the area, not uncommon considering the link with the sea. I doubt if I will visit in the near future but will keep an eye on what is happening in the area.
Your site is very clear and welcoming, easy to navigate and a pleasure to use. Thank you.


Added: November 11, 2007
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Hello, I have been researching my family history for several years now. My great Great x3 grandfather Thomas Burton, was born at Cley and lived in the area of Cley and Langham. A friend put me in contact with your website and it is beautiful. My wife and I are planning a trip to England to get acqainted with our roots. We will be visiting Cley. Well done!

Jim Burton


Added: October 17, 2007
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Just got back from a short stay in North Norfolk (camping at Deers Glade campsite off A140 between Cromer + Aylsham - highly recommended!!). Discovered Cley by accident on about day 2, whilst driving through to Blakeney to book seal sighting trip (again, highly recommended!!). Well it's back tp reality with a bump, having fallen in love with the place and Leicester being so lanlocked - so here I am reminiscing already by googling 'Cley' on t'internet. May I say what a great website for such an iddy biddy village - wasn't expecting anything quite so swanky - I'm most impressed! Hoping to persuade t'other half to join me + Zak (our 2 1/2 year old) next time so he can see what he missed out on. Would like to do the picnic on the beach next time and to also leave enough time to get closer to the windmill. Zak was fascinated but the footpath we chose to venture nearer to it was flooded and we'd run out of time to take a detour. Have just read here that the windmill has a licence for marriages - considering maybe dropping a few hints to t'other half - he needs to make an honest woman of me after 19 years of living in sin! The windmill would be a fantastic venue, I reckon! Anyway, wedding or not, I very much hope to be paying another visit to Cley and the surrounding area again in the not too distant future. People of Cley, you have such beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife and lovely architecture. I'm sure you know it but you are very, very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and you are no doubt all very proud! Thanks for making your visitors so welcome and enabling us to share it all with you!

Added: September 6, 2007
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We have just returned from a week in Cley, what a gorgeous place! Had not been to this area before but we fell in love with it and I cannot wait to go back.

Added: September 2, 2007
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hi me and my mate dave are going to cley this morning to do some fishing we go their regulary and just had to write to say how beautiful your village is and how well kept i look forward to comming today and for many years to come

Added: August 18, 2007
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My Mother was born and brought up in Cley, but left the village when she met my Father who was from Leicester. She is now 91 but has many memories of how Cley was in the 1920's and 30's. Her family name was Allen, and her Father Herbert Allen did much of the resoration work on the windmill when it was turned into a private dwelling. As a child I used to stay in Cley during the summer with relatives, it was (and still is) a magical place.

Added: August 11, 2007
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I was in Cley this evening looking for Whalebone House. A friend asked me to take a photograph of the house for her as her ancestors used to run a hairdresser's in the building. I couldn't locate it.

Can you please explain where it is and if it has changed it's name as I will be returning soon to take the photographs.

Many thanks.

Glynn

Admin reply: We've emailed you but please be aware this is a private residence


Added: August 4, 2007
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Although I now live in Portland, Oregon, I grew up in England and many of my father's family lines came from Norfolk and Suffolk. Particularly of interest to me right now are the Boyce and Jarvis family of Cley. The earliest Boyce we have traced is a William Boyce married (we think) to a Lydia Nutt (or Natt) in 1777 who's son Thomas (my 3rd g.grandfather) was christened 9 Feb 1790 in Cley Next the Sea. We don't know of any siblings. Thomas married Frances Jarvis in 1816 and had 10 children. Does anyone know anything about this family? I would love to know if any of the family are still there.

Added: July 30, 2007
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When I told my physio that we were going to Kings Lynn for the weekend she told me I must visit Cley, buy something for lunch at the picnic shop and take it down the beach road she said, buy a mug of tea at the stall and have a picnic on the beach. She could not have recommended anything better, she didn't tell me quite what to expect, but we went yesterday and I'm totally smitten, so much so , here I am researching for a return visit.Such a beautiful place.

Added: July 8, 2007
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Dear Cley Next the Sea,
My name is Nicholas Ross. I am originally from Attleborough, Massachusetts and am descendants of the Chadwick family line. My grandmother was born in England, Lancashire County. At present I reside on the West Coast of the United States in Reno, Nevada. I am presently writing a fiction book that includes your village. I have never been to Cley Next The Sea, but have read much about it via the Internet and decided to use your village as a backdrop for a part of my book, which opens with a scene from St.Margaret's churchyard. I appreciate your Web site and would like to learn more about your village. The information on your Web site has been indispensable. Thank you.


Added: July 8, 2007
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