Sudbury is a pleasant market town situated on the River Stour in South Suffolk on the borders with Essex. There is easy access to London from its train station.

It is famous for being the birthplace, in 1727, of Thomas Gainsborough the artist with a museum and statue dedicated to him. Many years ago silk was the main industry and is still produced here today.

In 1381 Simon Theobald, Lord Chancellor of England was beheaded during the Peasants' Revolt and his head placed upon a spike in London. His mummified head was returned to his home town and now rests in the vestry of St Gregory Church. Next to the church there is a statue of Bishop Aelfhun, Bishop of Dunwich who, according to the Saxon Chronicle, died whilst visiting the town in AD 798.




 The water meadow, with cows grazing in the summer months, is another feature of Sudbury. The surrounding area encompasses some of the most pretty and famous villages in Suffolk.

Long Melford, Lavenham and Kersey are all within 10 miles whilst the famous Constable Country lies some 15 miles to the east.




Our Group

The Sudbury & District Group, founded in 1995, meets at :
          Long Melford Village Hall
          Hall Street (opposite the Bull Hotel)
          CO10 9JQ

Plenty of parking is available and there is disabled access.

The meeting starts at 2.30 pm usually on the last Tuesday of each month.
Entry is £2.50 for SFHS members and £3.00 for non-members.  

You will be warmly welcomed by a member of our committee and, following an interesting talk, tea and coffee are served.

We are a lively group who enjoy a good laugh as well as a chance to discuss Family History interests. If you need help please feel free to ask. We usually have a newsletter but due to Covid will currently not have one available at the meeting.

We have a very active Monumental Inscription project group who meet to record the local headstones once a fortnight, when weather permits. If you would like to help with this project please contact us.



Sheila by Email:

Last Modified on 12/08/2021 by H C Richardson


Research Day at Sudbury Library

Posted by H C Richardson on Sun, 28th Jan 2024

11.00 - 3.00

If you need help with starting the search of your Family Tree or are stuck for ideas we are there to offer help. We can show you how to use Ancestry and Findmypast.

Bring along some of the information you already have.

Monumental Inscriptions

Posted by H C Richardson on Mon, 11th Dec 2023

Here are Sudbury Group Monumental Inscription folders on display in Sudbury Library. Next year we will be working on Acton churchyard as well as completing Sudbury Cemetery. 

 If you would like to join us in this enjoyable and worthwhile project please get in touch.

Christmas Tree Festival

Posted by H C Richardson on Wed, 6th Dec 2023

Sudbury Group has again entered a tree in Sudbury's Christmas Tree Festival, held at Sudbury Arts Centre 

(St Peters).  Our theme this year is 'Shopping Down Memory Lane'


Sudbury Museum Trust - Huguenots

Posted by H C Richardson on Sat, 12th Mar 2022

Sudbury Museum Trust is researching the Huguenots who came to England as refugees in the 17th century and ultimately moved from Spitalfields to Sudbury and Long melford where they had a profound effect on our indigenous weaving industry.

If anyone has Huguenots in their family trees we would very much like to hear from them for a project for the Sudbury Heritage Centre to commemorate the influence these skilled French weavers had on the local industry. Your cooperation would be very much appreciated.

The project is being led by our secretary David Burnett who can be reached at: or 01787 371880

Kindest regards

Val Herbert

Trustee SMT

Do You Need Help?

Posted by H C Richardson on Sat, 24th Oct 2015

If you need help with your Family History research please talk to any of the committee members.

We don’t always have access to our research material which we store at the Village Hall but if you would like to look at anything in particular let us know and we will try and get it out or have it ready for the next meeting.


31/10/2023Talk of the Town (An armchair 'stroll' of the streets of Bury St Edmunds, mixing fact, legend and entertainment)
John Saunders
28/11/2023Cobbold and Kin (Life Stories from an East Anglian Family)
Katherine Dunstan
30/01/2024Life & Death in a Victorian Gaol
Mike Wabe
27/02/2024Girls That Could Swing an Axe - The Women's Timber Corps
Nicky Reynolds
26/03/2024Harvest Time & Horsemen's Memories - Rural Life in 1900
Ashley Cooper
30/04/2024Through the Baize Green Door - A Butler's Story
Brian Thurlow
28/05/2024AGM - Followed by - Early Motoring in Suffolk
Chris Turland
25/06/2024QUIZ - General Questions - Teams of 6 - Refreshments - Raffle - ALL WELCOME
30/07/2024Voices from the Workhouse
Janette Robinson
27/08/2024August - No meeting
24/09/2024Witchcraft in Suffolk
Alison Rowlands
13/10/2024Research Day at Sudbury Library
11.00 - 3.00 A chance to get help with your Family Tree.
29/10/2024A Millenium of Mills and Milling on the Stour
Robin Drury
26/11/2024Great War Huts - An Accidental First World War Heritage Project
Taff Gillingham
31/12/2024December - No Meeting


For further details on the programme you should contact

Sheila by Email:

Group Contact

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Group Projects


Update Jan 2024 (.doc) - Uploaded 31/01/2024
Update Nov 2023 (.doc) - Uploaded 02/12/2023