Hemsby is famed for its beautiful beaches, but this unassuming east coast town is also home to a surprising history which leads back through the mists of time to the neolithic era. Nowadays, the town is known primarily as a tourist destination, but for those who look, there is a wealth of culture and history just waiting to be discovered.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the very best Hemsby local history books, so you can follow the town’s history back to ancient times and explore the last few centuries’ rapid changes.
A great place to start if you’re interested in Hemsby local history is Andrew Fakes’ The Story of Hemsby on Sea which explores the town’s history through the ages, presenting a compelling and highly readable account. Perfect for local history buffs everywhere.
For the visually-minded, Jack Derrick Simpson’s Hemsby: Pictures from the Past is an incredible experience, with a wealth of archive photographs that tell the story of Hemsby in incredible detail.
Hemsby is currently famous for its annual Rockabilly festival, which sees rockers from all over the world converge on the holiday resort for a weekend of bopping, jiving and being careful to avoid stepping on anyone’s blue suede shoes. Horst A. Friedrichs’ Or Glory: 21st Century Rockers is a wildly entertaining look at the modern rock’n’roll scene, and features photos of Hemsby regulars past and present.