The past comes vividly to life in our books. They are designed to appeal to a wide range of people and interests. This section tells you about some of these readers.

Burnham Market, the Hoste Arms

One of 101 public houses supplied by the Hardys. In 1800 they sent the innkeeper from this market town inn to the debtors’ gaol in Norwich Castle

The Mary Hardy volumes will interest the general reader with a taste for English history and a desire to understand the lives of those who shaped the countryside we see today.

Family historians will be able to reach beyond the confines of parish registers and wills to delve into the lives of their forebears.

The books will also satisfy the demands of the specialist in many fields, such as historians of the public house, church and religion, business and transport.

Mary Hardy gives us a wealth of material on the local history and topography of Norfolk, in eastern England.

The research student and academic will find a great deal of material in the diary volumes relating to 39 distinct areas of study featured in the four commentary volumes (in course of preparation). These subject areas are listed as chapter headings under the individual volume pages of Mary Hardy and her World 1773–1809.

You can read about talks and other news items relating to the Mary Hardy project under News.