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‘Communities of Dissent’ research project

January 4, 201711:57 amJanuary 4, 2017 11:58 amLeave a Comment

COMMUNITIES OF DISSENT Invitation to participate in a new research project for local and family historians Religious dissent, its impact and changing role, is the focus of a new research project for local and family historians. This is the latest major venture of the Family and Community History Research Society (FACHRS). The society was established […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bartholomew Gosnold

June 16, 20173:32 pm

The Suffolk explorer, Bartholomew Gosnold, was a ‘prime mover’ in founding the first permanent English settlement in North America, established at Jamestown in 1607. Bartholomew Gosnold was born about 1571 near the family home at Otley Hall. In 1587, he was admitted to Jesus College, Cambridge then studied law first at New Inn, then at […]

Bury St Edmunds branch

May 26, 20162:33 pmNovember 13, 2017 1:53 pm

News: Due to an issue with our strongroom shelving we are unable to produce documents from part of the Bury Record Office strongroom.  We are waiting for engineers to attend to fix the problem.  If you know what material you would like to look at, please email us at in advance of your visit and we can […]

Charity Farm at Shotley

February 20, 20178:30 amMay 26, 2017 7:51 am

In 1982 the records of the Blue Coat Foundation (GA400) were deposited at Ipswich Record Office.  The records of the foundation contain a veritable goldmine of information on a farm and its estate in Shotley and Chelmondiston. The collection’s minute books reveal that the estate was purchased in 1734 and for many years Charity Farm, […]


December 4, 20159:07 amAugust 17, 2017 11:11 am

Find out more about some of our popular collections.  We will be updating our online catalogue regularly but there are lots of collections which are not yet online.   If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you may need to contact us by email or come and visit in person.

Collections for property history

August 19, 201710:14 pm

MAPS Maps are a useful starting point for your research.  You can start with the large scale Ordnance Survey maps at 25 inches and 6 inches to the mile.  The earliest date from the 1880s.  Suffolk Record Office has a good selection for the county ending in the 1920s for the 25 inch series and […]

Copyright and Credits

February 4, 20161:41 pm

Copyright and Credits This website has been built by: Suffolk County Council Team Archives Team Orangeleaf Systems Team James Grimster – Systems Architecture, Project Management Mark Brawn – Senior Developer Leigh Bicknell – Developer The technology running the website This website is built upon Open Source Technologies.  It uses WordPress and plugins developed by Orangeleaf […]

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 […]