Francis Blomefield (July 23, 1705 - January 16, 1752) was an English topographical historian of the county of Norfolk. Events 1632 - Three hundred colonists bound for New France depart from Dieppe France. Year 1705 ( MDCCV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Events 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. Year 1752 ( MDCCLII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar for European countries but not Great Britain) of The English people (from the adjective in Englisc) are a Nation and Ethnic group native to England who predominantly speak English Norfolk (ˈnɔrfək is a low-lying county in East Anglia, England, United Kingdom. During his lifetime he compiled and published detailed accounts of the city of Norwich, Borough of Thetford and the southern hundreds of the county, but died before the whole work could be completed. History Roman The Romans had their regional capital at Venta Icenorum on the river to the south which is near modern-day Caistor St Edmund Thetford is a Market town and Civil parish in the Breckland area of Norfolk, England.
Francis Blomefield was born in the village of Fersfield, in south Norfolk, the eldest son of Henry and Alice Blomefield, who were yeomen farmers. He was educated at Diss and Thetford Grammar Schools, and in April 1724 he was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1727 and MA in 1728 . DISS ( Disability Information Services is part of the Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF a Charitable organisation based in Thetford is a Market town and Civil parish in the Breckland area of Norfolk, England. Gonville and Caius College Cambridge is a constituent College of Cambridge University, one of the world's most academically respected institutions The city of Cambridge (ˈkeɪmbrɪdʒ is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England On leaving University in 1727 he was ordained, rector of Hargham in 1729, and shortly afterwards rector of Fersfield, his father's family living. He married 1 September 1732, Mary Womack, daughter of a former rector of Fersfield. Year 1732 ( MDCCXXXII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a They had three daughters, two of whom survived him.
As a boy Blomefield began recording monumental inscriptions from churches he visited in Norfolk, Suffolk and later Cambridgeshire. Norfolk (ˈnɔrfək is a low-lying county in East Anglia, England, United Kingdom. Suffolk (ˈsʌfək is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in East Anglia, England. History Cambridgeshire is noted as the site of some of the earliest known Neolithic permanent settlement in the United Kingdom, along with sites at Fengate Whilst at College he also kept genealogical and heraldic notes relating to local families. Soon after leaving University he was collecting materials for an account of the antiquities of Cambridgeshire, but in 1732 this project was deferred when hew was given access to Peter Le Neve's huge collection of materials for the history of Norfolk, by Le Neve's executor "Honest Tom" Martin. Peter Le Neve ( 21 January 1661 — 24 September 1729) was an English herald and antiquary Thomas Martin ( 8 March 1696/7 – 7 March 1771), known as " Honest Tom Martin of Palgrave" In July 1733 Blomefield published his proposals for publishing An essay towards a topographical history of Norfolk in parts. Soon afterwards, while collecting further information for his history, he discovered some of the famous Paston Letters. The Paston Letters are a collection of letters and papers consisting of the correspondence of members of the Gentry Paston family and others connected with them between the By 1736 he was ready to begin publishing the results of his researches into type, assisted by his friend Charles Parkin, the rector of Oxborough. Oxborough is a village in Norfolk, England, famous for its church and the manor house Oxburgh Hall. At the end of 1739 the first volume of Blomefield’s History of Norfolk was completed. It was printed at the author's own press at Fersfield, acquired especially for the purpose. The second volume, consisting of a detailed history of Norwich was begun in 1741 and completed by 1745. History Roman The Romans had their regional capital at Venta Icenorum on the river to the south which is near modern-day Caistor St Edmund He was two thirds through his third volume but had only covered about 40% of the county when he contracted smallpox during a visit to London, and died in Fersfield in January 1752. Smallpox is an Infectious disease unique to humans caused by either of two virus variants named Variola major and Variola minor. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom.
In 1751, shortly before his death, Blomefield published his Cambridgeshire notes as a single volume entitled Collectanea Cantabrigiensia. History Cambridgeshire is noted as the site of some of the earliest known Neolithic permanent settlement in the United Kingdom, along with sites at Fengate
The topographical history of the remaining areas of Norfolk was subsequently completed by Blomefield’s friend Charles Parkin between 1753 and 1765 (albeit in a far less detailed and accurate manner than Blomefield had managed). The remaining sheets of volume 3 and two further folio volumes were published at King's Lynn between 1769 and 1775. King's Lynn is a town and Port in Norfolk, England. Over the years the town has been known variously as Bishop's Lynn and Lynn Regis The entire work was subsequently reprinted in eleven quarto volumes in London between 1805 and 1810.
Blomefield’s Norfolk was both detailed and largely reliable and comparable with the best county histories of the period. There is little doubt that in compiling his book Blomefield had frequent recourse to the existing historical collections of Peter Le Neve, John Kirkpatrick of Norwich and Tanner, his own work being to some extent one of expansion and addition, although he did compile extensive collections of his own. Peter Le Neve ( 21 January 1661 — 24 September 1729) was an English herald and antiquary Thomas Tanner ( January 24, 1674 &ndash December 14, 1735) was an English antiquary and Prelate.