Background

The River Tas is a river which flows northwards through South Norfolk in England towards Norwich. The Tas Valley area is named after the river. It is thought that the name Tas is derived from the name of the village of Tasburgh although its own name is not really known.

The Tas valley contains many interesting historical sites including: an Iron Age hill fort at Tasburgh, the old Roman settlement of Venta Icenorum (now Caistor St. Edmund) and the site of a woodhenge at Arminghall. The mill at Stoke Holy Cross was the first location of the Colman's mustard business.

In Roman times the River Tas was considerably larger and provided a major transport route for the inhabitants of Venta Icenorum. Today it is a small river which winds through farmland.

The interest in local history has brought together many people and groups in the Tas Valley area. The contents of the individual sites will not be replicated here, it is a site to help promote the Tas Valley history by signposting to their sites and other resources.

The links between local villages is so significant that anyone researching a particular village will soon find that borders often become quite defuse. Families often became rooted in a small group of villages which are close together with marriages linking families from nearby parishes.

There a few resources, in Miscellaneous, which people with an interest in the Tas Valley and its residents may find useful. These are supplied as found and please note and keep to any copyright conditions.

We hope this resource is a catalyst for furthering your research and we would like to hear from you of any achievements that have resulted from its use.


Page last updated on 1 May 2019 by NP