Norfolk-Tours on the BBC

In November, I was asked to show Cerys Matthews around Anna Sewell’s house for The One Show on BBC1 and we were filming for much of the afternoon.

Anna Sewell House

Anna Sewell’s House










After exploring, we sat in the conservatory and chatted about how Anna Sewell wrote her one and only book in that very house and, in fact, much of it was written in the very next room.





Cerys Matthews & Glynn Burrows

Cerys Matthews and I in Anna Sewell’s Sitting Room










Not only was much of the book written in that room but, sadly, it was in that room that she died, overlooking the meadows opposite.

Horse opposite Anna Sewell House

The Meadow Opposite Anna Sewell’s House













One surprising discovery was that the stable was still there.

Anna Sewell's stable

The Stable in Anna Sewell’s House








Anna Sewell died shortly after her book was published but before it had become a best seller and long before it became the internationally known classic that it is today.

Black Beauty is one of the best known books ever written and it was written in an unassuming house in a quiet Norfolk village, by an unassuming woman who wrote it for the horses, not for herself.










About Glynn

I have been researching local & family history since 1977 and I'm passionate about this beautiful county and the people who have made it what it is. All of my own ancestors, discovered up to today, lived within fifty miles of where I live today and that means I am, as far as I know, a real Norfolk Dumpling, with a tiny bit of me from North Suffolk. :) My early origins were obviously from Scandinavia but I suspect that I have a bit of Roman blood in there too, as there was a very large Roman presence in the area.

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