Some useful websites related to the world of the eighteenth-century diarist.

Contacting us and ordering the books

You can e-mail us using our contact form.

You can buy the books direct from the publishers Burnham Press using a form for cheque payment on this site or through


Catalogues and a museum

See the National Archives: Public Record Office (TNA: PRO) for visiting arrangements and the online catalogue.

See the Norfolk Record Office (NRO) for visiting arrangements and the online catalogue.

As well as the great national collections of the copyright libraries there are excellent local collections. Of particular relevance is the Colman Collection, bequeathed by descendants of Mary Hardy, in the Norfolk Heritage Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Norfolk’s museum of rural life with working farm.

For the clergy:

Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540–1835 (CCEd)

Venn’s Alumni Cantabrigienses


Specialist groups and societies

Many societies run by volunteers produce informative newsletters and/or journals of relevance to Mary Hardy’s world. Some also organise day and weekend explorations and other ‘frolics’.

Aylsham Local History Society

Blakeney Area Historical Society

Brewery History Society

British Association for Local History

Bure Navigation Conservation Trust

Holt Society

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society

NAHRG (the Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group)

Norfolk Churches Trust

Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society

Norfolk Mills

Norfolk Pubs

Norfolk Wherry Trust

Parson Woodforde Society

Wikipedia entries

These pages relate to the Hardys, their business and the artist who painted their portraits.

Mary Hardy (diarist)

Letheringsett Brewery Watermill

James Gabriel Huquier

Mary Hardy featured on the Wiki main page, seen around the world, in 2017.

Areas where Mary Hardy wrote her diary

When visiting Mary Hardy’s home village be sure not to miss the experience of seeing water power in action at Letheringsett Watermill, rebuilt in 1798 and still producing stoneground flour for sale.

The Hardys’ former tied house the King’s Head, Letheringsett, right opposite their home and rebuilt in 1808, still does a busy trade.

The former tied house closest to their Coltishall home, the Recruiting Sergeant, Horstead, is equally popular. William Hardy was also a regular at the King’s Head, Coltishall.

Coltishall Church and Letheringsett Church are normally kept open during daylight hours.

Margaret Bird

Margaret Bird in 2016

The editor and author of the Mary Hardy volumes

You can read about the historian Margaret Bird on the link above

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