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Norfolk's Le Grice family tree to get another member - a landlady from Norwich

Elizabeth Le Grice

Elizabeth Le Grice

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

The family tree of the Norfolk Le Grice family could be getting a new member - a Norwich pub landlady.

New Zealander Rex Le Grice set up the website Le Grice Genealogy, which tracks the number of Le Grices the world over, and he found on the Evening News website that Elizabeth Le Grice was running the Golden Star pub in Colegate.

He emailed the Evening News from New Zealand: “You can see that even on the other side of the world we read your paper.

“Here in New Zealand, I have the definitive website Le Grice Genealogy, which tracks the relatively small number of Le Grices the world over.

“I think somehow we are all related. My grandfather come from Yarmouth but left the area in the early 1900s for London where he met his wife and subsequently my father was born in Chiswick, west London, before moving to New Zealand in 1926.

“I spent a great night in the ‘Captain Cook’ hotel in Norwich in 1992 at a Le Grice get-together which had more Le Grices in one room than I’d ever seen before.

“Anyway, I spotted that Elizabeth Le Grice was running the Golden Star, and I wonder if you could pass on my details to her, and we can add her to the family tree.”

Meanwhile, Elizabeth has agreed to get in touch with Rex, and to add her name to the family tree, which also includes Bill, of Bill Le Grice Roses at Wroxham Barns, fame.

She said: “I was told originally that the name was Flemish but now I understand it’s French. My father has also done some research into the family’s origins.

“I will definitely get in touch with Rex, and maybe I’ll get a trip to New Zealand out of it.”

Rex’s website is called www.legrice.net, and according to his research, the earliest Le Grices came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066.

Documents concerning the Battle of Hastings and also the Domesday Book list an Erard Le Grys and his son who accompanied their liege lord, Roger de Montgomery, and were with him in the central attack at Pevensey, the beach landing and later inland at the decisive battle.

Most the soldiers were rewarded with land and titles for their efforts in various parts of England and Wales, with Norfolk becoming a centre for Le Grices for 750 years.

Have you got a particularly interesting family tree? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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