Wickhambrook Local History Society

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Wickhambrook Google Group - great for keeping up to date with news, info, items for sale etc from other members.

Apply to be added by sending an email to cb88online@gmail.com. Once confirmed as added (check junk mail folder) you will be able to send your news etc by sending emails to cb88online@googlegroups.com where your news etc will be distributed to everyone registered instantly.  To reply to posts you are interested in just click on your usual email reply as if you are sending a regular email and it will reach the sender.

Spread the word as this will only work with plenty of CB88 members so tell your friends, relatives and organisations who live within the CB8 area.

website last updated 10 January, 2010

Wickhambrook Local History Society Reports

may 2009

At the last meeting before the summer break, Nick Sign from the Suffolk Local History Council came to talk to those members who had expressed an interest in the course he and his colleague Dr Margaret Thomas will be teaching later in the year.

The course is on the history of Wickhambrook and will be of interest to people in the village and will also give guidance in using records and local sources. It is open to any interested parties and will run for ten weeks from Tuesday 22nd September at 10am in the WI Hall and the cost will be around £25 per person. Please contact the Secretary (820052) if you would like to join us.

Derek Palgrave was the main speaker for the evening and gave a lively and interesting talk on the origins of English surnames.

These can be divided into five categories.

Patronymics - after the father, (Anderson, Johnson),

Occupational - (Cooper, Miller),

Topographical - (Hill, Stone)

Locative - ((Debenham, Palgrave) and

Nicknames (Whitehead, Goode).

Mr Palgrave showed maps which traced the occurrence and spread of these common names and we were able to trace the more unusual ones in his reference books. Who would have thought that Coe means jackdaw and Lister is someone who uses lichens to dye cloth.!

Several outings are planned for the summer. West Stow Anglo Saxon Village - Weds 17th June at 2pm St Peter and St Paul’s Church Kedington - Weds 8th July at 7pm

Events and News

The Wickhambrook Parish Records are currently being digitised and updated.  If you have any information you may be able to add or help fill in some of the gaps, please contact Paul Saunders.

View the Parish Records document here

Photos and Press Cuttings

We have had some fascinating photos and press cuttings sent to us which you can see by having a look at the pdf group images in the gallery

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Dorothy Anderson is awarded a Diamond Champion - read more here

Short Straw by Jennifer Bell

At the launch party at The Cherry Tree on 20th September, Jenny Bell told us how she had found diaries and notes written by her father-in- law Frances Bell and realised that this would make a wonderful book. It has taken her several years to produce but the finished volume makes fascinating reading for the people of Wickhambrook and Stradishall. Frances was the younger brother of Adrian Bell, the well-known writer of Corduroy, Silverley and The Cherry Tree among others. His books were very popular in the thirties and forties for their depiction of farming life in East Anglia. Frances went off to Argentina when a young man and learned much about land use and farming there before returning to this area where he worked for the charismatic fruit grower Justin Brooke, a major employer in the area. He ended up running the fruit growing side of the business, marrying and bringing up a family here, before differences between him and his employer caused him to leave and try his ideas elsewhere in the region. The book is much more than just a farming memoir. Frances was a real character, very popular with the men who worked for him,and enjoyed a glass of beer and played the accordion. It was lovely to see so many former employees of the Brooke empire at Clopton Hall chatting and reminiscing with members of the Bell family. Martin Bell ,the journalist, who is a cousin of the author's husband, has written an introduction to the book and he spoke at the book launch too. The Cherry Tree pub, former home of the Bells, laid on a lovely teatime spread. The book is available in local bookshops or from Larks Press, Ordnance Farmhouse,Guist Bottom, Dereham NR20 5PF for £10 and is an excellent read.

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Our Committee

For information about the Society or events please contact either the Secretary or Events Secretary.

The main committee is as follows:


Chairman Dorothy Anderson
01440 820376
Secretary &
Events Secretary
Gillian Cooper
01440 820052
Treasurer Pam Miller
01440 820696

Members Information

Membership costs £8 per year payable in April  plus 50p for each meeting.

Guests are always very welcome - £2 per occasion.

Meetings held at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall.

Library - The library is now all set up at the Primary School. Please let us know your views on this. (Little Bradley trip - we have bought Wendy Barnes' book for the library).

Adobe pdf document Discover the Paintings you Own - The Hidden Heritage of Suffolk Revealed by the Public Catalogue Foundation

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Useful links and information

 

link Suffolk Observatory

link Suffolk Family History Society

link Suffolk Local History Council

link Suffolk Surnames - Information, help and advice for anyone researching their Suffolk Roots

link I have had a letter from the East Anglian Film Archive with details of DVDs which may be of interest to you. You can look online at archivefilmshop.co.uk and type HISTSOC into the discount box. Their Phone no. is 01603 251744. Please tell them which Hist Soc you belong to when you call (Dorothy)

link Many will know that The National Archives gives regular talks on various aspects of family history at the PRO in Kew. Less well known is that they're now available to replay online. Very easy to listen to, providing you've got broadband.

link The Family and Community Historical Research Society

link The Archive CD Books Project

link Doctors who practised in Wickhambrook up until 1900 - Suffolk Medical Biographies website - type in 'Wickhambrook' in the 'place of practice' box and then 'search'.