The Pastons were one of Norfolk’s most prominent families from about 1380 to 1750, rising from medieval peasants to becoming nationally important members of the aristocracy, and key figures in the dynamic power-play and politics of the Tudor and Stuart courts. They were, in many ways, the first modern family. What makes the Paston family truly unique is that they left a vast collection of letters and accounts of their lives in late medieval Norfolk – the now famous ‘Paston Letters’. These documents tell stories of their everyday lives, as well as the wider events of the medieval world, and the enemies they made during their rise from obscurity to power.

It is now 600 year since the first of the surviving Paston letters was written. The 600 Paston Footprints is a Heritage Lottery funded project that will, through community collaboration and detailed research, produce a range of new resources that will help local people connect with the remarkable story of the Paston family, as chronicled in the Paston Letters.

600 Paston Footprints is a collaborative project between numerous local partner organisations, including the Paston Heritage Society, the University of East Anglia, and the Norfolk Record Office. The three year project will highlight the remarkable story of the Paston family, the times they lived through, and make original resources available to the public for the very first time.


Access the NEW online data-set of the Paston letters.

Available 2019

Read more!

Find out more about what the Paston Footprints project is, and what we’re up to.

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Paston Pathways

Walk with us. Access fascinating Paston history on foot, by cycle or car using our maps.

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Join us!

Get involved. Visit the Paston Hubs, or access our educational resource pack.

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Paston Voices

Access information on the Paston Letters and the distinctive voices of the family who wrote them.

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Reliving History Concert

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