Wickhambrook Local History Society

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Wickhambrook Local History Society Reports

February 2011 : The Anglo-Saxon Burials at Lakenheath

Swords, shields, spears; wristclasps, girdle-hangers and beautifully coloured glass beads - just some of the artefacts found when more than 400 skeletons were unearthed from the Anglo-Saxon graves at Lakenheath between 1997 and 2001. Jo Caruth from the Archaeology Unit at Bury St Edmunds came to our February meeting to tell us about the excavation and it was absolutely fascinating.

Test pits were dug before new buildings were approved for the RAF and the evidence was strong that investigations should be carried out. There are three pagan cemeteries and one contains an even earlier Bronze Age burial, so this had been a sacred site before the Anglo- Saxons arrived.

The soil here is sandy Breckland with undulating chalk deposits and this is very good for preserving bones. The skeletons had excellent teeth, were of average height and faced east/west.

A warrior and his horse were found with a beautiful bridle and his face was reconstructed for the television programme'Meet the Ancestors'. The site closed in 2001 but work goes on in many locations to find out as much as possible about the lives of these people. The museum in Mildenhall has been given a Lottery grant to extend and it is hoped that the Lakenheath finds will be exhibited there. Jo will be working on the finds until 2014, and we wish her and her team every success.

On Tuesday March 16th our speaker will be Ashley Cooper on 'Local Historical Literary Links' and our AGM is on Tuesday 19th April at 7pm, to be followed by a talk on 'The Foundling Hospital' by Ruth Miller.

Meetings are held in the WI Hall at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

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

and now for some interesting Historical Facts from the 1500's ...

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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'.