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N is for Ness Point

June 9, 20188:00 amJune 6, 2018 8:57 pm

Everyone has heard of Land’s End and John O’Groats, but no one ever shouts about Ness Point the most easterly point of the British Isles.  Instead of being promoted as the unique geographical feature it is, Ness Point is hidden away behind the factories and industrial units off Whapload Road in Lowestoft.  It might not […]

I is for Island

June 4, 20188:00 amJune 3, 2018 4:52 pm

Havergate Island is the only island in Suffolk and can be found at the meeting of the Rivers Ore and Butley near Orford.  The island was walled for land reclamation over 500 years ago and was used for arable land and grazing until the 1930s.  The trade directories show the gradual decline in population from […]

F is for Field

June 1, 20188:00 amMay 31, 2018 11:49 am

It’s always lovely to find interesting entries when preparing and adding information to our online catalogues and here are two 18th century marriage licences that made us smile: one appropriately named Edward Field, a farmer of the parish of Woodbridge (FAA23/34/224) and Robert Clod, farmer of Barham (FAA23/9/108) are wonderful reminders of the history of […]

D is for Deer Parks

May 30, 20188:00 amMay 27, 2018 4:38 pm

The first of Suffolk’s c130 medieval deer parks were probably developed by the Normans from c1086 to keep the Fallow deer they introduced from Europe from straying.  Deer parks were kept by the wealthy ecclesiastical and lay landowners e.g. the Abbot of Bury St Edmunds’ park at Semer.  The deer were bred and hunted or […]

Waller’s Raid, 13 January 1942

January 20, 20183:00 pmJanuary 20, 2018 3:26 pm

Snow was falling on Lowestoft on 13th January, 1942 when at 4.20pm in the afternoon the air raid sirens sounded the alert. Seven minutes later a lone Dornier Do 217, bearing the Holzammer (“Mallet”) insignia of Luftwaffe’s 9/KG.2 unit and piloted by Oberleutnant Ernst Walbaum, swept low over the town centre. Following the course of […]

George ‘Lupinseed’ Staunton

November 15, 20171:00 pmMay 26, 2018 12:29 pm

John Chapman, known to the world as ‘Johnny Appleseed’, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of the USA but have you heard of George ‘Lupinseed’ Staunton of Kessingland? Kessingland was once marketed as Lupinland and it all came about because of this man.  It is said that his ‘obsession’ started […]

Thomas Le Heup

November 10, 201710:41 am

Exploring collections in Bury can often reveal fascinating and beautiful documents which tell interesting stories. One such document which would lead to a journey of discovery is a map located in our Hessett collection. Beautifully illustrated in striking colours, it depicts the land owned by a gentleman named Thomas Le Heup. Look carefully, and it […]

A Dot on the Landscape: Rymer Point

November 1, 20173:38 pm

On the map of Suffolk Parish Boundaries you will see most parishes are rectangular. But north of Bury St. Edmunds, and south of Thetford in the Blackbourne Hundred the parish boundaries form a shape like the segments of an orange. The parishes of Barnham, Euston, Fakenham Magna, Honington, Troston, Great Livermere, Little Livermere (even though […]

Downey Bekke: Mariner and Alien

October 2, 20173:14 pm

‘In the name of God Amen the viith day of the monyth of September in the yere of oure Lord God anno MCCCCC xxviiith. I Downy Bekke of Easton Bavent mariner beyng hoole of mynde and in good remembrance make my testament and last will in maner and forme following…’ So begins the will of […]

A Tale of Two Hoaxes

September 27, 20171:15 pmSeptember 27, 2017 1:13 pm

If you are going to pull a hoax what better place than a public house to be the operation headquarters. It seems from the following hoaxes that the alcohol intake at the Lord Nelson in Southwold and The Bell of St Olaves definitely inspired brilliance. The first of these hoaxes started at the Lord Nelson in […]