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Time to put up all the useful websites that have allowed such a wealth of research to be so easily accessible!



Is a good source of initial research. It gives an insight into other areas of research, and less niche information (thus less time researching) PLUS YOU MIGHT FIND SOME GOOD EXTERNAL SOURCES!


VISION OF BRITAIN http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk MAP QUOTE CENSUS WRITINGS

Amazing array of maps across many decades, with quotes, census statistics through the ages and historical writings on practically every settlement in Britain!


FADEN’S MAP OF NORFOLK http://www.fadensmapofnorfolk.co.uk MAP

The 1794 William Faden Map of Norfolk, plus the geo-corrected redrawn version, ALL DOWNLOADABLE (per tile of course)


HAPPING HISTORY INDEX http://www.wilcox53.freeserve.co.uk/ HISTORY

Pretty much a full history (emphasis at Medieval)


GENUKI http://www.genuki.org.uk/ QUOTE WRITINGS

A vague knowledge of the UK and Ireland (aimed more at quotes/writings has some obscure info, interesting!)


EDINA OPENSTREAM http://openstream.edina.ac.uk/ MAP

Quick EDINA DIGIMAP map search and look at areas without having to have a login!



HAPPISBURGH http://www.happisburgh.org/

Their own town website is SO RIDICULOUSLY AMAZINGLY USEFUL! actually.


BGS http://www.bgs.ac.uk/science/landUseAndDevelopment/landslides/Happisburgh.html

Overview of coastal erosion (pictorial)


FRANCIS FIRTH http://www.francisfrith.com/

Worth a mention because many old images are available to view (plus you might find good search terms for google)


This is my end of the research (mostly aimed at Happisburgh), hope you find it helpful!


Work so far…

Ok, so here’s the draft research work. Included is the Happisburgh Case study, Sea Palling Case Study (by Suchitaa) and Caister-on-Sea case study (by Suchitaa).

There will also be 2 maps instead of the original 3, due to the information being easily displayed over 2 and the lack of availability of a 3rd (dated) useful map at high resolution.




Sea Palling:

Sea Palling

Sea Palling


Caister on sea

Caister on sea

Here ya go 😛

Presentation Layout

The final towns chosen for the case study in Norfolk ended being Happisburgh, Sea Palling and Caister-on-Sea.

They each have a focus which shows an influence and its effects.

For Happisburgh, this influence is the dutch/flemish styles and the arts and craft architecture that evolved. For Sea Palling, it’s more a focus on the reusing of materials due to the Haisbrough Sands nearby (causing shipwrecks) and the brickworks that existed for a substantial period. And finally, Caister-on-Sea,  which will showcase how the railway impacted on the culture and architecture due to tourism.

The General template of the layout is shown below:

Research Layout

The way in which the final presentation will be presented

It will combine the American/Canadian equivalent case studies so as to provide a comparative insight.

A minimalist style with informative photos/series and minimal text will provide an easy to use layout, while a blog will allow for easy access to the information before hand, giving those in the crit beforehand information.

Potential font:


So much choice...

Maximum 2 text fonts will be used, one for titles, and one for the bulk of text (which can be increased in size/bold etc). Other fonts may be used on maps/photos for ambience/effects where they are not intended mainly for reading.

Minimal colour scheme maybe a faded blue/green palette or faded autumn colours.

Let the fun begin 😛

Spare Time…

…& Why Architect’s Use it Better.

Anyone heard of Cthulhu? No? Me neither. Til 3 hours ago.

Now I know it’s a fictional cosmic entity, a little something like this:

Not so cute.

However, within 30 minutes of finding a papercraft version, I ended up with this:

My little Cthulhu

How is this little sea monster not amazing!

And there you have it, 30 minutes and a handcrafted monster is inhabiting my desk.

It even comes with a little victim!

Plan of Action.

What’s this? A new research direction that isn’t vague?!

The towns are SO very diverse, even for such a small area! They house era’s worth of information, with changes to life and land between them. Their individual origins and reasons for existing have now evolved, through temporary and permanent situations, to arrive at something that resembles the North Norfolk Coast.

So now, a way of organising this wealth of knowledge needs to be formulated. And here’s the result:

Wider Context through the ages

Factual info about anything in between Cromer and Greater Yarmouth (focus on the coastal towns, BUT NOT exclusively; include inland) with a focus on:

Broad trends

Population (doomsday book up to 2001 census)

Notable interesting points/features in the history or landscape of the village/area

(Pictorial –  rail/road links, trade/market links, settlement, dangerous coast (lifeboat/lighthouse/shipwreck), change in coastline, lost villages, land use, building density)

Case Studies

Specific examples that show general trends/odd extremes with a focus on:

Wider relation to context (all above links, whether physical or implied use), then zoom…

Pictorial/Visual change (aerial?, as it was, as it is, photo series)

History of town (notable people/events/buildings/info, industry, development)


Before I forget, all this will (hopefully) be mirrored with an ‘across the pond’ equivalent study! This will  give further insight into the effects of coastal erosion. And back…

North Norfolk Coast

The map version of the North Norfolk Coast

Norfolk Towns for further investigation:

Trimingham, Paston, Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Winterton-On-Sea, Hemsby, Caister-On-Sea and Great Yarmouth

of these 8, 3 will be selected for the case study depending on the history and insight that can be given.

Til then!


What is this place?!

An architectural solution can easily be implanted on the landscape. And contrary to popular belief, most proposals will most likely look reasonable since everyone knows the rough typology and architecture available in the UK. However, that would be conceptually pointless and far too easy!

So, instead, how about ACTUALLY looking at the area. Researching it, understanding it, getting a feel for what this town is like. Going through enough context that upon arrival in the site visit, it will feel like you’d been there before. Going through enough accounts and photos and texts that even the tiniest detail, such as unrecognizable beach rock, will excite you.

SO here we are. How do I get to that stage. Starting is always the hardest point. And cue Wikipedia. The basis for which much research begins. An easy, albeit concise read of every town and village from Great Yarmouth all the way upto Cromer produces a striking map of the now and some interesting facts of the past.

Town Mapping

The process of quick research that gives an overview

This gives a strong line of insight, and from there distinct avenues of research can be pursued.

Project 4 Coastal Erosion.

The intention of this project includes, but is not limited to, monitoring/observing/accelerating/decelerating/reversing the coastal erosion at the North Norfolk Coastal region.

We can choose to intervene or just watch. Watching can involve a descriptive/changeable architecture. Intervening (whether immediately or after a number of years of erosion) can be in either a landward or seaward direction.

The first look.


The theme of initial study and research for the split unit I’m in. The large amount of information to trawl through is separated among smaller groups to allow for a final and thorough amalgamated research document.

Looking at social changes that are affected by or affect the history.


The coast is changing. The coast is receding. The safety of land with it.

Buildings are being dragged into the sea with the land it is reclaiming. Natural conditions have led to what was once a town far from the beach being at the mercy of a cliff edge. At 1m a year, the erosion is severe and nowhere is it felt more strongly than the community of Happisburgh (‘haze-bruh’ or haze-buruh’ for those of us with an accent  :P).

A plan will help to draw up research avenue conclusions…so that’s next.

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