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The ‘King of the Norfolk Poachers’ remembered in Bungay

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 March 2011

Charlotte Paton laying flowers on the grave of Fred Rolfe at Bungay, with her husband Brian and Peter Hodges (right).
Photo: Andy Darnell

Charlotte Paton laying flowers on the grave of Fred Rolfe at Bungay, with her husband Brian and Peter Hodges (right). Photo: Andy Darnell

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THE 73rd anniversary of the death of the self-styled King of the Norfolk Poachers was marked in Bungay this week.

Fred Rolfe lived his last years in the town in the 1930s before being buried in Bungay cemetery.

And on Wednesday flowers were laid where he rests while a documentary about his life was screened twice at the Fisher Theatre.

The Truth Behind I Walked by Night follows Norfolk grandmother Charlotte Paton as she travels across the country in her search for the real story behind Frederick Rolfe’s autobiography.

Mrs Paton topped regional bestseller lists with her book The King of the Norfolk Poachers: His Life and Times, and this film, directed by Peter Hodges, sees her uncover various sources and clues to Frederick’s life.

There are also recorded recollections of those who knew ‘Fred’, both locals and his relations including his grandson David.

The documentary delves into Rolfe’s character, from the opening scenes where a courtroom scene is re-enacted to the re-creation of poaching techniques.

On Wednesday the film was twice screened at the packed theatre.

Mrs Paton is pictured with her husband Brian, and director Mr Hodges, right, laying flowers to mark the 73rd anniversary of his death.

It is hoped that the grave will one day bear a headstone.


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