You’ll probably have heard of the Hoste family of Burnham Market, not least from their monuments in All Saints’ church, Stanhoe. You might remember their connection to Horatio Nelson through his friend Captain Sir William Hoste. But do you know the link between modern Stanhoe and a local biographer of both Nelson and William Hoste?
Laura Pocock Faulks, chairman of the MEHM Trust, is the daughter of Tom Pocock, who lived at Burnham Overy Staithe and wrote many books about the life and times of Nelson. In a fascinating new article in our local history section, Laura explains how her father decided to write a biography of Captain Hoste, and how the project nearly came to grief. Thanks to an unexpected postcard and the generosity of a stamp dealer, however, Tom was able to write “Remember Nelson: The Life of Captain Sir William Hoste”.
Although Laura claims to be no expert on Nelson, the story had a powerful influence on her decision to move to Stanhoe. Read the full article here.