Hethersett Archive

Hethersett, near Norwich UK, is a large village of about 5,000 people acting as a dormitory to the city of Norwich six miles distant.  

 

It was the largest township in the Hundred of Humbleyard and is named in the Domesday Book as Hederseta. (It also occurs as Hederseeta).   Heedra is Old English for heath or heather, and set means a dwelling place.   (An alternative meaning is portrayed on the village sign as an enclosure for deer.)

 

It developed, as a predominately agricultural community until the mid twentieth century, when its role slowly changed, into that of a commuter village.

 

Many of the documents which are listed in this catalogue, illuminate aspects of Hethersett history through the ages.