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Stow Stories



Stowmarket sits at the junction of two rivers, the Rattlesden and the Gipping. Both have influenced the growth of this historic market town by nurturing the raw materials for industries that developed here.

From 1793 the Gipping Navigation facilitated the carriage of resources in and finished goods out of the town. During the 19th century the population more than doubled and Stowmarket thrived.

Stow Stories is a Suffolk Archives Sharing Suffolk Stories project, with the aim of collecting unique stories of the town and its people and sharing them with the wider community.

This is where your knowledge, skills and creativity can help! It may be that you have lived in Stowmarket for many years or have good historical knowledge or links with the town, or you may be a relative newcomer who wants to learn more about Stowmarket’s past.

If you are interested, just get in touch. Participants will be supported by archive staff to delve into the archives, create oral histories and to share your findings through creative interpretation, an exhibition or even a heritage trail – the choice is yours!

If you would like to participate or volunteer in either a research or sharing capacity, please contact us at