Stories from Suffolk Wills

Joseph Gibbs – a composer ahead of his time?

© National Portrait Gallery, London. Portrait by Thomas Gainsborough, oil on canvas, circa 1755

© National Portrait Gallery, London. Portrait by Thomas Gainsborough, oil on canvas, circa 1755

Robert Spencer and his 7 foot inventory

Record of Robert's burial from the parish book (Ref: IRO/FC173/a3/1)

Record of Robert’s burial from the parish book (Ref: IRO/FC173/a3/1)

The crew of HMS Torbay and the Battle of Vigo

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The Battle of Vigo Bay by Ludolf Backhuysen, © National Maritime Museum Collections

John Taylor – Suffolk Record Office’s smallest will?

Interior of Fressingfield Parish Church, date unknown (Ref: LRO/1300/39/1)

Interior of Fressingfield Parish Church, date unknown (Ref: LRO/1300/39/1)

Mary Love of Benacre – stepmother extraordinaire?

Will of Mary Love of Benacre

Will of Mary Love of Benacre

Arma Christi – Thomas Waryn of Preston St Mary

Arma Christi at St Mary's Church, Preston: dice and crown of thorns

Arma Christi at St Mary’s Church, Preston: dice and crown of thorns