Burston

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The walk starts at the village of Burston, famous for its 'strike school'; it crosses fields, goes along tracks and country roads to the pretty village of Gissing.

The old school at Burston is now a museum and is known as the 'Strike School'. In the 1900s Tom and Kitty Higdon became teacher and headmistress of the school. The village folk at that time lived in cramped houses on very low wages. Tom Higdon joined the Trade Union Movement. He and his wife fought for better conditions for the parents of the children they taught. However, the governors of the school objected and sacked the Higdons. The parents and children refused to have other teachers and a battle ensued, with the Higdons eventually winning in 1939, making it the longest running strike in British history.

England - East England - Norfolk - Countryside

Features

Church, Food Shop, Museum, Pub, Toilets, Wildlife
22/09/2017 - richard hubner

Walked on 22nd Sept 2017. Great afternoon walk in fantastic weather. Slight confusion with description at points 6 and 7.(6) there is wooden bridge through some low scrub over a ditch directly opposite the stile used to exit the meadow, path across field seems consistent with OS map,(7) follow the track right to the end of the field ignoring the first track on the right. Point 12 there is no fallen tree however the "narrow path with barns on the left" was completely impassable due to brambles and tall nettles so we had to navigate through field to the right.

03/09/2017 - Liz Brown

Nice walk marred by obstructions to paths, planting across the path in one case between 3 and 4, signs absent - removed? - and in one case a large number of over inquisitive cows with calves who ran at us forcing a detour (6 & 7).

27/11/2015 - Dianna Bellingham

Possibly wet November was not the best time for this walk but the muddy fields did add to the feeling of a good workout. A couple of times I was concerned that I had taken a wrong turn but all in all excellent directions. Fallen tree at waymark 12 now Galvanised sheets, this section was the most unwelcoming (deliberately I felt). First Walkingworld walk and sure looking forward to many more.

03/12/2005 - Chris Targett

Nice walk & great to warm ones feet by the open fire of the pub (www.burstoncrown.co.uk).

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