Canon John Bryan (1917 – 2010) was Rector of King’s Cliffe from 1956 to 1985.  During those years, he developed a deep and lasting interest in the social history of the village and its people.  He researched and gathered material from many local sources and from the public records and this collection now forms the basis of our King’s Cliffe Heritage archive.  In later years, he wrote a series of features based on his research into different aspects of King’s Cliffe past.


We are delighted to be able to make these features available to read on our website as a lasting tribute to

Canon John Bryan.

































The Reverend Canon John Bryan

Historical essays

“The late Canon John Bryan seen here in 1971 standing alongside the medieval boundary stone between King’s Cliffe and Blatherwycke parishes.  This boundary stone has since been adopted as the emblem of King’s Cliffe Heritage.”

Education of the Young in Kings Cliffe,

1727 to 1929

Kings Cliffe makes Jubilee

The Mills of Old Kings Cliffe - Watermill and Windmill

Memories of Kings Cliffe around 1900, by James Roberts (1883-1985)

A Kings Cliffe Eccentric - William Dakin

Either a Little Liberal or a Little Conservative; Elections and Electioneering

1891 - a year in the life of the village

Kings Cliffe and the First Great War, 1914-1918

The Kings Cliffe Fire Brigade and the peril of fire in Victorian times

The Railway comes to Cliffe