Introduction

Ipswich, which claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in England, is located on the estuary of the River Orwell, which has always been important in the story of the town. A small harbour, behind what is now the home of Ipswich Town Football Club, was used by the Romans for trade and the Vikings raided the docks area, around 1010.
King John gave the town its Charter in 1200. The town flourished in the Tudor & Elizabethan era, with the Wool Trade, when Christchurch Mansion and other fine buildings were erected creating much of the street pattern around The Butter Market which survives to this day, along with some 650 listed buildings.
The Victorian era brought more prosperity and the building of new wet docks, then the largest in Europe, and the first public museum in the country which opened in 1847 (rebuilt in 1881).
The industrial revolution saw the rise of farm machinery manufacturers, such as Ransomes and Garretts, which hastened the exodus of many former agricultural workers to the town. The population increased six- fold in the 19th century, rising to 66,000 and doubled in the 20th century.

Meetings

Ipswich has much to offer those researching their 'family trees' and also gives the excuse of having a pleasurable day out.

Our monthly meetings WERE held at:

The Pioneer Hall 
The Co-Op Education Centre,
11, Fore Street,
Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JW.

 HOWEVER - Just as the first COVID Lockdown happened we were negotiaiting with The Salvation Army to hold Future Meetings at The Salvation Army Citadel, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

We are still awaiting confirmation of when our Meetings there will start.... So watch this space!

We arrange a varied programme of interesting talks and guided visits which are open to members and visitors alike, especially newcomers, who'll receive a warm welcome.

 The talks cost £2 entrance (£2.50 for non-members). Sometimes Meeting entry may rise to £3 per head for members, £3.50 for non-members - if the Speaker is coming some distance.

Those with problems with their research find it useful to chat to others at the meeting, about their "brickwalls". Informal help often results from this.

We can provide, if you contact us first, for meetings, a laptop computer, with some of the Society's CD's and other resources, as outlined on the Publications page. This facility can be requested at a meeting, for viewing at the following meeting.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us beforehand if you'd like to request a resource or need advice so we're best placed to help you when you come to the meeting.

We have also started to hold informal Research Help meetings - which talk place on a Friday afternoon in the middle of Ipswich. We will have to "book you in" so if you want to know more - e-mail publicity@sfhs.org.uk

Links

Ipswich Record Office - The 'must do' place to visit/contact for all your family & local history needs; holding an amazing range of information about the history of Suffolk and its people.

 Ipswich Tourist information Officewho also arrange guided walks with Blue Badge Guides [May-Sept].

Ipswich Museum - has a timeline on events in the Town, plus many treasures.  Also use the same web link to find out about Christchurch Mansion - a Fine Tudor mansion STUFFED with amazing itmes - located in a Grade 1 STAR listed Park, Christchurch Park

Contact

Mrs Jenny Rawlinson (Ipswich Branch Secretary)

10, Carlford Court,

112, Parliament Road,

 Ipswich IP4 5EL  

01473 902367

e-mail: jennyrawlinson@hotmail.com
or
Howard King (Chairman)
01473 274300
or by Email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Last Modified on 24/11/2020 by Howard L King

News

June 2021 Ipswich Group News Letter.

Posted by Howard L King on Mon, 14th Jun 2021

Ipswich Group Newsletter June 2021

I hope you like my June offering…..

Firstly some Aviation related stories:

Believe it or not… in 2018 there were articles about passengers on United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaskan Airlines being allowed to take “emotional support animals” on board to help sooth the nerves of frightened passengers.

It did appear that Alaskan Airline even had miniature Ponies for this role…….

Seems a good idea – however what happens if the plane suffers an emergency landing, and the passengers have to evacuate down an escape chute. You would not want to be behind the Pony as its shoes are taken off!

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2) A bricklayer rushes into the office of a building site…

“Paddy has just jumped off the roof of the Building!”

“Why did he do that?” asked the site Manager…

“I don’t know” said the bricklayer… “All I said was that my during the war, my Grandad flew inWellingtons!”

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3) A blind man was talking to Fred in a pub…..

“I have just taken up sky-diving… “

Fred asked “How do you know when you are getting near the ground”

“ Easy”– says the blind man “– the dog’s lead goes slack!”

 

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An update on The Society ZOOM Talks

 

Recent Zoom Talks……….

On Saturday 8th May at 12 noon…. Eileen Blythe presented

“A Directory of Suffolk Millers from 1086 – 1986”.

She has produced a booklet, which you can purchase – but she has kindly offered us to put it in the Members Area of our website for free access.

 

Following on from this talk I have been corresponding with her, about a miller in my maternal Family Tree – as she also has done research on millers in the Sussex and Kent, which is still ongoing.

However, following a chance remark she mentioned another very active Group busy researching millers in other areas around the country. They have a very large archive…and is simply called The Mills Archive…

Websitehttps://new.millsarchive.org/search/?class=Mill2#

 

So I had a look and, yes there is a section on Suffolk……. which had (as I knew) a huge number of Mills, Wind powered, Water powered, or Steam powered.

Just in Ipswich there were 22 listed mills over the centuries.

As you may realise, Central Ipswich is built along the river, in a sort of bowl…..

Looks to me that most of the windmills were built on the slope on the edges of the town, to catch the wind.

Mills

Title

Location

County

Country

Power source

Type

Function

River

Albion Mills (North), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill, Drug mill, Stick mill

Albion Mills (South), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bank Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bellevue Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bishops Hill Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bolton Mill, Ipswich

Henley Road, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bramford Road Mill, St Matthews, Ipswich

St Matthews, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Cranfield's Flour Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Electricity, Steam

Roller flour mill

Corn mill

Eastern Union Mills, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Corn mill

Foxhall Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Halifax Steam Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Steam

Halifax Windmill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Handford Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Gipping

Ivy Street Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Corn mill

Lattice Lane Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Northill Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Smith's Mill, St Margarets, Ipswich

Woodbridge Road, St Margarets, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Smock mill, Rushmere St Andrew

Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill North Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill South Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Tide Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Tide mill

Tuddenham Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

 

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On 13th May, Robert Halliday, has spent many happy hours  wandering around Graveyards across Suffolk. His fascinating talk, which included many photo’s, told us of the unusual ones he found, and has once again whetted my appetite to do more of my own churchyard explorations.

 

Future Society ZOOM Talks are listed below, and are usually only available for members.

We are considering opening up occasional ZOOM talks to all comers!

As further talks are arranged, they will be advertised in the NEWS area of our web site, and I will mention them in my Monthly Newsletters.

Andy, our busy Society Chairman, sends out links for each talk to paid up members, a short while before each ZOOM talk. He very recently sent out the latest link for next Thursdays (3rd June) talk.

Incidentally – the Society is looking for a ZOOM talk presenter – this will be their only role. Does anyone fancy having a go?

If so contact me……

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FUTURE ZOOM TALKS:

 

Thursday 3rd June at 7:30 p.m..

Joan Horton

Presents:

“Wills and Probate”

By Joan Horton

 

Using Joan’s earlier talk on the basics of DNA in Family History research – this talk will be a very useful talk on using “Will and Probate records for your researches. No doubt Joan will also use some interesting tales on the way.

Andy has recently circulated the log in details to members – so do look out for this information. If you cannot find it do look in your SPAM/Junk Folder!

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Thursday 17th June at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT”

by Mark Forsdike.

Particularly useful if you had ancestors who served with “The Suffolk’s” or even if you want to find out more about our local heroes.

 

 

Thursday 1st July at 7:30

THE SUFFOLK LOCAL HISTORY RECORDERS SCHEME

(a very useful source of local Information) by Geoffrey Robinson.

These Recorders (one of our Ipswich Group members is a Recorder) can (and will be), producing a very useful factual base for those researching their Family Trees…….. which will include information on what was going on when their ancestors were in a particular village or parish.

 

 

Thursday 22nd July at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF SUFFOLK PUBS”,

presented by Nigel Smith (Chairman of The SuffolkCampaign for Real Ale = CAMRA)

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August – no ZOOM Talk this Month.

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Thursday 23rd September at 7:30

  “THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE”.

By members of The Suffolk Police Museum.

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Future Society wide ZOOM talks are in preparation for the rest of the year, and look very promising.

 

For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to all our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society websitewww.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

 

The June issue of your “Suffolk Roots” is due out very soon for all paid up members. It will be another bumper issue.

If you are an up-to-date member and have not received your copy by mid June – let me know.

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Your June Quiz.

Some questions may need a bit of research?

  1. Where in the U.K. are there Crown Dependencies?

 

2)What is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s radius?

 

3)How long is a barleycorn? (an ancient measurement)

  1. What is the river that goes through Hadleigh?

 

  1. What is the engine used in most versions of the Supermarine Spitfire – and The Lancaster Bomber?

 

6) On a ship – what is the Load Line indicator known as?

 

7) Windspeed can be measured on the Beaufort Scale for measuring wind speed – what is a light Breeze given as?

 

8)  What is a pretty plant called “Dicentra spectabalis” more often called?

  1. Surnames often come from occupations – what was a “Wainwright”?

 

  1. The Military love abbreviations…. What does ELINT mean?

 

  1. Where in England can you find a County Archives called “The KEEP”?

 

  1. Before the Ipswich Hospital moved to its present site… where was it located?

 

  1. An ASTRACAN Coat is made from?

 

  1. We know of Sutton HOO – but what is a HOO?

 

  1. Who is the Society Membership Officer?

 

  1. A Suffolk Giant is buried in Newbourne Graveyard. What is his name?

 

  1. Where in East Suffolk can you find “Convalescent Hill?”

 

  1. Who developed Nylon?

 

  1. What are your finger nails and toe nails made of?

 

  1. How long does light take to reach the Earth from the Sun?

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Now: Ipswich Group News.

The group is starting to get back to Monthly Meetings etc…..

NOTE - Update at 14th June 2021 - If the latest instructions - sent out be the UK Government - changes everything _ I will reschedule the event - but DON'T SY

Ipswich Group Newsletter June 2021

I hope you like my June offering…..

Firstly some Aviation related stories:

Believe it or not… in 2018 there were articles about passengers on United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaskan Airlines being allowed to take “emotional support animals” on board to help sooth the nerves of frightened passengers.

It did appear that Alaskan Airline even had miniature Ponies for this role…….

Seems a good idea – however what happens if the plane suffers an emergency landing, and the passengers have to evacuate down an escape chute. You would not want to be behind the Pony as its shoes are taken off!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2) A bricklayer rushes into the office of a building site…

“Paddy has just jumped off the roof of the Building!”

“Why did he do that?” asked the site Manager…

“I don’t know” said the bricklayer… “All I said was that my during the war, my Grandad flew inWellingtons!”

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3) A blind man was talking to Fred in a pub…..

“I have just taken up sky-diving… “

Fred asked “How do you know when you are getting near the ground”

“ Easy”– says the blind man “– the dog’s lead goes slack!”

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

An update on The Society ZOOM Talks

 

Recent Zoom Talks……….

On Saturday 8th May at 12 noon…. Eileen Blythe presented

“A Directory of Suffolk Millers from 1086 – 1986”.

She has produced a booklet, which you can purchase – but she has kindly offered us to put it in the Members Area of our website for free access.

 

Following on from this talk I have been corresponding with her, about a miller in my maternal Family Tree – as she also has done research on millers in the Sussex and Kent, which is still ongoing.

However, following a chance remark she mentioned another very active Group busy researching millers in other areas around the country. They have a very large archive…and is simply called The Mills Archive…

Websitehttps://new.millsarchive.org/search/?class=Mill2#

 

So I had a look and, yes there is a section on Suffolk……. which had (as I knew) a huge number of Mills, Wind powered, Water powered, or Steam powered.

Just in Ipswich there were 22 listed mills over the centuries.

As you may realise, Central Ipswich is built along the river, in a sort of bowl…..

Looks to me that most of the windmills were built on the slope on the edges of the town, to catch the wind.

Mills

Title

Location

County

Country

Power source

Type

Function

River

Albion Mills (North), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill, Drug mill, Stick mill

Albion Mills (South), Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bank Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bellevue Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bishops Hill Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bolton Mill, Ipswich

Henley Road, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Bramford Road Mill, St Matthews, Ipswich

St Matthews, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Cranfield's Flour Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Electricity, Steam

Roller flour mill

Corn mill

Eastern Union Mills, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Corn mill

Foxhall Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Halifax Steam Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Steam

Halifax Windmill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Handford Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Watermill

Gipping

Ivy Street Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Corn mill

Lattice Lane Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Northill Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Tower mill

Corn mill

Smith's Mill, St Margarets, Ipswich

Woodbridge Road, St Margarets, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Smock mill, Rushmere St Andrew

Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Smock mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill North Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Hill South Mill, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

St Mary Stoke, Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

Post mill

Corn mill

Stoke Tide Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Water

Tide mill

Tuddenham Road Mill, Ipswich

Ipswich

Suffolk

England

Wind

 

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On 13th May, Robert Halliday, has spent many happy hours  wandering around Graveyards across Suffolk. His fascinating talk, which included many photo’s, told us of the unusual ones he found, and has once again whetted my appetite to do more of my own churchyard explorations.

 

Future Society ZOOM Talks are listed below, and are usually only available for members.

We are considering opening up occasional ZOOM talks to all comers!

As further talks are arranged, they will be advertised in the NEWS area of our web site, and I will mention them in my Monthly Newsletters.

Andy, our busy Society Chairman, sends out links for each talk to paid up members, a short while before each ZOOM talk. He very recently sent out the latest link for next Thursdays (3rd June) talk.

Incidentally – the Society is looking for a ZOOM talk presenter – this will be their only role. Does anyone fancy having a go?

If so contact me……

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FUTURE ZOOM TALKS:

 

Thursday 3rd June at 7:30 p.m..

Joan Horton

Presents:

“Wills and Probate”

By Joan Horton

 

Using Joan’s earlier talk on the basics of DNA in Family History research – this talk will be a very useful talk on using “Will and Probate records for your researches. No doubt Joan will also use some interesting tales on the way.

Andy has recently circulated the log in details to members – so do look out for this information. If you cannot find it do look in your SPAM/Junk Folder!

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Thursday 17th June at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT”

by Mark Forsdike.

Particularly useful if you had ancestors who served with “The Suffolk’s” or even if you want to find out more about our local heroes.

 

 

Thursday 1st July at 7:30

THE SUFFOLK LOCAL HISTORY RECORDERS SCHEME

(a very useful source of local Information) by Geoffrey Robinson.

These Recorders (one of our Ipswich Group members is a Recorder) can (and will be), producing a very useful factual base for those researching their Family Trees…….. which will include information on what was going on when their ancestors were in a particular village or parish.

 

 

Thursday 22nd July at 7:30 p.m.

“THE STORY OF SUFFOLK PUBS”,

presented by Nigel Smith (Chairman of The SuffolkCampaign for Real Ale = CAMRA)

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August – no ZOOM Talk this Month.

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Thursday 23rd September at 7:30

  “THE HISTORY OF THE SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE”.

By members of The Suffolk Police Museum.

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Future Society wide ZOOM talks are in preparation for the rest of the year, and look very promising.

 

For up-to-date details and any changes or additions to all our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society websitewww.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

 

The June issue of your “Suffolk Roots” is due out very soon for all paid up members. It will be another bumper issue.

If you are an up-to-date member and have not received your copy by mid June – let me know.

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Your June Quiz.

Some questions may need a bit of research?

  1. Where in the U.K. are there Crown Dependencies?

 

2)What is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s radius?

 

3)How long is a barleycorn? (an ancient measurement)

  1. What is the river that goes through Hadleigh?

 

  1. What is the engine used in most versions of the Supermarine Spitfire – and The Lancaster Bomber?

 

6) On a ship – what is the Load Line indicator known as?

 

7) Windspeed can be measured on the Beaufort Scale for measuring wind speed – what is a light Breeze given as?

 

8)  What is a pretty plant called “Dicentra spectabalis” more often called?

  1. Surnames often come from occupations – what was a “Wainwright”?

 

  1. The Military love abbreviations…. What does ELINT mean?

 

  1. Where in England can you find a County Archives called “The KEEP”?

 

  1. Before the Ipswich Hospital moved to its present site… where was it located?

 

  1. An ASTRACAN Coat is made from?

 

  1. We know of Sutton HOO – but what is a HOO?

 

  1. Who is the Society Membership Officer?

 

  1. A Suffolk Giant is buried in Newbourne Graveyard. What is his name?

 

  1. Where in East Suffolk can you find “Convalescent Hill?”

 

  1. Who developed Nylon?

 

  1. What are your finger nails and toe nails made of?

 

  1. How long does light take to reach the Earth from the Sun?

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Now: Ipswich Group News.

The group is starting to get back to Monthly Meetings etc…..

Firstly, I have arranged an outside visit on the evening of Wednesday 7th July. The guided tour will start at 6:30 p.m.

We will be going to Shotley Church, which has a lovely view of the River Orwell. Strangely it is somewhat remote from what is now the centre of Shotley.

We will visit the Graveyard of Shotley Church – where there are 2 areas with Royal Navy Sailors and Cadets from “HMS Ganges” the former Royal Navy Training Establishment. Also buried are Merchant Seamen, and even some Great War German submariners. There are lots of graves related to the two wars, as Shotley overlooks Harwich and Felixstowe, which bore the brunt of fierce naval actions and aerial battles in both 20th Century Wars.

Then we will have a look around Shotley Church, which is a little gem.

We will be accompanied by a Church Guide and following these tours we will have light refreshments in the Church.   There will be a pot for you to give them some cash for the refreshments - if you wish.

There is a Car Park behind the Church, and a small one opposite.

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Then we move to The HMS Ganges Museum on Shotley Waterfront, who will be opening specially for us, with another guided Tour.

Both places are pleased to accept donations….So please have cash with you, as I doubt they will have a money swipe-card reader.

I suggest a donation of at least £5 per person at each place for the visit.

NOTE

The HMS Ganges Museum can only accommodate 30 people – so this will set the limit for the evening.

So – its first come – gets to go!

I will, however, create a “stand by list”.

 

Finally – this will be a DRIVE YOURSELF/CAR SHARE evening – so if you want to come and don’t drive, please contact me SOON and I will see if anyone can give you a lift.

I will send directions to both venues, and arrival time at Shotley Church, for those who have booked, in due course.

 

TO BOOK

Contact me on 01473 274300 (Ansaphone available if I am out), or e-mail me onhoward.king1@outlook.com

BOOKINGS ARE STARTING TO COME IN – SO DON’T DELAY……..

PLEASE NOTE – We will comply with any COVID guidelines at the time – but please do book your space.

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Next----- It has been confirmed that we are now able to use “The Salvation Army Citadel” 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4P. for our Group Meetings.

All will take place on the first Wednesday of the Month starting at 7:30 p.m.. Admission will be £2 for Society members, £3 for non-members – pay on arrival.

There is a large Car park at the rear, and you enter the citadel via a door at the rear of the building.

 

Our first meeting at this new venue will be on Wednesday 1st September… when Peter Durrell will present a talk “All About Heraldry”. 

Heraldry can help you trace your family Tree – especially if you go back in time and are tracing members of the aristocracy…..  Heraldry is still all around us… especially if you do Church Crawling, and it is a fascinating topic in its own right.

 

Further (1st Wednesday of the month) talks are now being planned, and I am talking to our busy Group Secretary Jenny Rawlinson.

IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS FOR, OR HAVE HEARD A GOOD TALK – PLEASE LET ME OR JENNY KNOW.

There will be updates on both the above Ipswich Group Events on my Monthly Ipswich Group member’s Newsletters, that I send out at start of each month.

All our Group’s activities will be subject to any Covid restriction at that time.

For right up-to-date information on what our Group is doing, please visit the group’s pages on the Society website;www.suffolkfhs.org.uk.

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Some information on marriage research:

Registers Anglican churches complete two marriage registers for a marriage. When full, one is sent to the registration office for storage– the other might remain with the church but many are placed in county archives (which are the entries you now see available on Ancestry, FindMyPast etc. and copied onto our Marriage CD data Discs and downloads.

Incidentally – we have transcribed far more Parish Marriage Records for Suffolk than are currently available on the commercial web sites!

 

Witnesses

  • A minimum of two are required , but there is no maximum number
  • There is no minimum or maximum age to be a witness.
  • The Witnesses don’t need to know the couple and the witnesses contact details are not kept.

 

Fathers

  • Father’s details on marriage registers are not checked or verified, even today, they are whatever the bride/groom say. Currently it is perfectly acceptable to give the name of a natural father, adoptive father, or a step-father (although a step relationship should be shown).

 

Divorce records

Further Reading

The essential books to read about marriage law are those written by Professor Rebecca Probert.

These are very readable and comprehensive: “Marriage Law for Genealogists: The Definitive Guide” 2012

and “Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved” 2015

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Now onto Society news generally – as discussed at recent Society Trustees Meetings:

At the start of the new membership year….  the number of Members renewing continues to be strong strong, with membership numbers continuing to grow.

We have been surprised by how many members have opted for the life-time membership option.

Our Society Chairman, Andy Kerridge, has really taken the bit between his teeth, and with the help of fellow trustees, is helping move the Society forward….

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Talking of Society Trustees – we do have a vacancy!

If you fancy becoming a Trustee – you can help guide the Society onwards and upwards – let me know – and I can tell you more.

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We have been working to improve what we offer our members, and how we attract new members.

One particular area of work looks at the Society website…. New features are in the wings…

We are looking for members who have bought Society Publications in the past, that are now out of print. The idea is to get these, which may go back decades, scanned, indexed, and placed on our website to the benefit of all.

Do you have any such leaflets. If you do let me know… We are already looking at and have the “Sudden Death – Inquests” booklet, and the “Ipswich Freemen” booklets.

At this point I must ask – we are looking for a volunteer or 2 to proof read these submissions. Other volunteers may like to do some transcribing of old leaflets. This work can be done from home.

Another idea is to put, on our data base – any family history related data bases you may have created during your researches. If you have done any – why not share them?

We can put your interesting old documents and photographs onto the website (note – these may also be good to go on the Society Facebook page).

We can “watermark” these to help stop them being copied without your permission.

Have you looked in the members area of our website lately… if not have a look and keep returning to see what else is new.

Are we missing anything on our website? I we are – let me know.

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Your June Q

Ipswich Group Newsletter May 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Wed, 5th May 2021

Ipswich Group Newsletter May 2021

I hope you like my May offering…..

A patient goes to see his Doctor. The Doctor sighs and “Hello AGAIN – I hope you are not going to waste my time!”

The Patient says “ I hope not, I seem to have picked up a speech problem – I find it difficult to say words which begin with “f” and “th”.

The Doctor, intrigued, calms down and says “You can’t say fairer than that ”

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Do you know what the Queens Racing colours are? Well they are a Purple body with gold braid, Scarlet Sleeves, and black velvet cap with a gold fringe.

I don’t really see why she bothers – as I havent seen her race for many years………

Bad luck is common in our family, one of our Family moved to America many years ago.

He got killed at The Battle of Little Big Horn. He wasn’t involved in the actual Battle , but went over and complained about the noise……

An update on The Society ZOOM Talks

I hope that many of you enjoyed watching, on April 15th, our own, our very own… Group Member Ken Finch  who presented “Shoemakers to New Zealand”. It became obvious that Ken and his New Zealand relatives had done a lot of research when creating this talk. Well done Ken.  I found the story fascinating, and found out some useful information that will help me with my researches.

Local Author and Suffolk Presenter Sarah Doig, presented, on 24th April “The A-Z of Curious Suffolk”… A fascinating talks….. While I was already aware of a few of her topics – it was nice to have a fresh view on those – and pick up on a lot of new ones.

ZOOM TALKS TO COME……….

On Saturday 8th May at 12 noon…. Eileen Blythe presents

“A Directory of Suffolk Millers from 1086 – 1986”

This talk follows a huge amount of research in The Suffolk Archives etc., and ties in with a booklet she has produced. Those occupied as Millers may tie into your family tree’s – particularly when you remember how many Windmills and Watermills their were in Suffolk in years gone by.

On Thursday 13th May at 7:30…… Robert Halliday presents

“Unusual Suffolk Gravestones”.

Robert has obviously spent a huge amount of time inspecting and photographing Gravestones around the County, and has obviously been attracted by the more unusual ones – particularly those with unusual background stories, some of which he will share with us.

Looking to the Future. Some more ZOOM Talks for your diaries…..:

Some of  the following are “working titles” at this time.

Thursday 3rd June at 7:30 p.m.

Joan Horton presents:

“Getting to know your ancestors through their Wills.” With stories, hints, and tips.

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Thursday 17th June at 7:30 p.m.

“The History of The Suffolk Regiment” by Mark Forsdike. Particularly useful if you had ancestors who served with “The Suffolk’s” or even if you want to find out about our local heroes.

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Thursday 1st July at 7:30

Suffolk Village Recorders (a very useful source of local Information) by Geoffrey Robinson.

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July ZOOM Talk No 2 – To be confirmed – more next month on this one.

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August – no ZOOM Talk this Month.

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September – Date to be confirmed  “The History of The Suffolk Police Force”.

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Further talks for later on are in preparation. For up-to-date details and changes to all our ZOOM talks, – visit the “News” area of the Society website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk – or call Howard on 01473 274300.

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Now: Ipswich Group News.

The group is starting to get back to Monthly Meetings etc…..

Firstly, I have arranged an outside visit on the evening of Wednesday 7th July.

We will go to Shotley Church, which has a lovely view of the River Orwell, despite being somewhat remote from what is now the centre of Shotley.

We will visit the Graveyard of Shotley Church – where there are 2 areas with Royal Navy Sailors and Cadets from “HMS Ganges” the former Royal Navy Training Establishment. Also buried are Merchant Seamen, and even some Great War German submariners. There are lots of graves related to the two wars, as Shotley overlooks Harwich and Felixstowe, which bore the brunt of fierce naval actions and aerial battles in both 20th Century Wars.

Then we will have a look around Shotley Church, which is a little gem.

We will be accompanied by a Church Guide and following these tours we will have light refreshments in the Church..   with a pot for you to give them some cash if you wish.

There is a Car Park behind the Church.

Then we move to The HMS Ganges Museum on Shotley Waterfront, who will be opening specially for us, with another guided Tour.

Both places are pleased to accept donations…. So please have cash with you, as I doubt they will have a swipe-card reader.

I humbly suggest a donation of at least £5 per person at each place.

The HMS Ganges Museum can only accommodate 30 people – so this will set the limit for the evening.

So – its first come – gets to go!

I will, however, create a “stand by list”.

The timings to be confirmed – especially the arrival time at the Church early evening.

Finally – this will be a DRIVE YOURSELF/CAR SHARE evening – so if you want to come and don’t drive, please contact me SOON and I will see if anyone can give you a lift.

I will send directions to both venues, and arrival time at Shotley Church, for those who have booked, in due course.

Contact me on 01473 274300 (Ansaphone available if I am out), or e-mail me on howard.king1@outlook.com

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Next----- It has been confirmed that we are now able to use “The Salvation Army Citadel” 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 4P. for our Group Meetings. All will take place on the first Wednesday of the Month. Admission will be £2 for Society members, £3 for non-members – pay on arrival.

There is a large Car park at the rear, and you enter the citadel via a door at the rear.

Meetings will start at 7:30 p.m.

Our first meeting at this new venue will be on Wednesday 1st September… when Peter Durrell will present an enlightening talk “All about Heraldry”.  

Heraldry can help you trace your family Tree – especially if you go back in time and are tracing members of the aristocracy….. but heraldry is still all around us… especially if you do Church Crawling, and it is a fascinating topic in its own right

Further (1st Wednesday of the month) talks are now being planned.

There will be updates on both the above Ipswich Group Events on my Monthly Ipswich Group member’s Newsletters, that I send out at start of each month.

All Group’s activities are subject to any Covid restrictions.  For right up-to-date information on what our Group is doing, please visit the group’s pages on the Society website; www.suffolkfhs.org.uk.

 

To celebrate the latest Mastermind Champion, the Youngest EVER… I have put together a Mastermind Quiz for you to have a go at:

The answers – with the Questions repeated, will be at the foot of this Newsletter:

1) The Green Cloth, said to have been worn by Robin Hood, was made in rich City?

2) In which seven-a side team game, has positions which include: Goal keeper, Wing attack,, and Goal Shooter.

3) Which German Philosopher was born in Konigsberg in 1724, and spent virtually his whole life there? You can choose from a) Immanuel Kant, B) Franz Zavier, C) Franz Marx

4) In Greek Mythology, on which island is Leto said to have given birth to Artemis and Apollo

Choose from A) Delos, B) Lesbos, c) Kos

5)The Clore gallery, and extension of the Tata Britain, was built to display the works of: A) Gainsborough, B) Turner, C) Constable.

6) In the Bible, who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites?

7) Which small mammal, related to the Pine marten, has highly prized fur and shares its name with the heraldic tincture black? Choose from a) Vole, B) Sable, C) Hedgehog

8) Which Spice is obtained from the dried, lacy, outer covering of the nutmeg.

Choose from: a) mace, b) Turmeric, C) Gallingale.

9)  Most domestic ducks are descended from which common species of wild duck? Choose from: A) Widgeon, B) Pintails, C) Mallard

10) Which Great Salt lake in South Australia is named after the British explorer who  became the first European to  sight it in 1840? Choose from A) Lake Everest  B) Lake Eyre, C) Lake Buad

11) What meat is traditionally associated with the Jewish Passover festival and with Easter?

12) In which English city is the Museum, once known as the Dyson Perrins, which displays fine English Porcelain. Choose from A) Stoke on Trent, B) Worcestor, c) Derby

13) On which Hawaiian Island is the capital Honolulu?

14) The flag of which Southeast Asian country is red with a five-pointed yellow star in the centre?

15) Who wrote the autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father - it's about his relationship with his blind barrister father?

16) Which poisonous plant, often connected with magical rituals, was in the Middle Ages thought to utter a shriek when pulled from the ground?

17: The finger prints of humans have many characteristics shared with which marsupial?

18) 'Winning by a canvas' is sometimes used to describe a close victory in which sport?

19) 'The Bridal Chorus', better known as 'Here Comes The Bride', is from which Wagner opera

20) Which painter and engraver's works include A Rake's Progress?

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Now onto Society news generally – as discussed at recent Society Trustees Meetings:

At the start of the new membership year….  the number of Members renewing has been very strong, with membership numbers continuing to grow. We have also been surprised by how many members have opted for the life-time membership option.

Our new Society Chairman, Andy Kerridge, has really taken the bit between his teeth, and with the help of fellow trustees, is helping move the Society forward….

We have been working to improve what we offer our members, and how we attract new members.

One particular area of work looks at the Society website…. New features are in the wings…

We are looking for members who have bought Society Publications in the past, that are now out of print. The idea is to get these, which may go back decades, scanned, indexed, and placed on our website to the benefit of all.

Do you have any such leaflets. If you do let me know… We are already looking at and have the “Sudden Death – Inquests” booklet, and the “Ipswich Freemen” booklets.

At this point I must ask – we are looking for a volunteer or 2 to proof read these submissions. Other volunteers may like to do some transcribing of old leaflets. This work can be done from home.

Another idea is to put, on our data base – any family history related data bases you have created during your researches. If you have any – why not share them?

Another idea is to put interesting old documents and photographs onto the website (note – these may also be good to go on the Society Facebook page).

We can “watermark” these to help stop them being copied without your permission.

Have you looked in the members area of our website lately… if not have a look and keep returning to see what else is new.

Finally - Are we missing anything on our website? I we are – let me know.

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I mentioned our Society Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SuffolkFamilyHistorySociety/

This now has over 1160 people watching it……. why not give it a visit.

It is a very useful tool to help you break down you brick walls – or just chat to others with an interest in genealogy – particularly in Suffolk.                                                         Lastly – The Trustees are always interested to hear from potential new Trustees.                       All Trustees meetings are held on ZOOM – however we are looking forward to getting face to face Trustees meetings – which will probably be held midweek in the Parish Rooms at Stowupland. Trustees Travel and other expenses, will be paid.

Next some web site information – this time nine of the big boys…

About Genealogy

genealogy.about.com

A collection of introductory articles about all aspects of genealogy, with links to some of the main online resources.

BBC Family History

bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory

The core of the BBC's Family History site relates to the Who Do You Think You Are? television series. There are video clips, in which Nick Barratt explains the basics, and supporting material on occupations, military service, and migration. For the more experienced, the Next Steps section looks at older records.

Cyndi's List

cyndislist.com

Cyndi's List - a collection of over 260,000 links to online resources for genealogy - is the definitive genealogy directory. There are separate pages devoted to each country or region of the world, with particularly good coverage of the USA and UK. There are links for many general topics too, such as tutorials, genealogy software, and a wide range of occupations and religious denominations.

Family Records

familyrecords.gov.uk

This is the UK government's official genealogy portal. It provides information about the main types of national record and where to find them, along with links to the websites of the relevant national bodies.

General Register Office (GRO)

gro.gov.uk

The GRO is the government agency responsible for civil registration in England and Wales. Its website carries official information about birth, marriage and death records. Indexes to the records won't be online until 2008, but the site provides an online ordering service for the certificates you'll need to get started.

Genuki

genuki.org.uk

Genuki is the oldest and most comprehensive gateway to online resources for British and Irish genealogy. Its 70,000-odd pages provide genealogical links and information for every county in the British Isles, with pages devoted to individual towns and parishes. There is also general information on UK and Irish genealogy, and a search engine covering all the main UK genealogy sites.

Irish Ancestors

www.ireland.com/ancestor/

Although this is a subscription site, it has a lot of free information to help you get started in Irish family history: descriptions of the main types of record, with particularly detailed coverage of emigration, and a gazetteer to help you locate Irish places and parishes.

The National Archives

nationalarchives.gov.uk

A vast site with a wide range of material, it includes a family history section covering all the basics for the beginner. There is definitive information on tracing ancestors in the armed forces, while research guides provide detailed information about specific historical records.

WorldGenWeb

worldgenweb.org

WorldGenWeb is a collaborative project to provide information about genealogical research and resources for every country in the world. So far 254 countries are covered, though the amount of material varies widely.

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Next – a personal quest… Do any of you have a link with or currently know of the WALKER Family in the Hacheston or Marlesford area north of Woodbridge

I am helping a member in Calgary research Robert WALKER who was born in Hatcheston on 6th March 1914.

He lived for some while at Windhaven, Marlesford.

Robert became a fighter ace in World War 2, and had a distinguished RAF career.

Apparently WALKer is a fairly common name in the Marlesford and Hatcheston area….

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The answers to my Quiz above – with the Questions repeated:

1) The Green Cloth, said to have been worn by Robin Hood, was made in rich City?

Answer: Lincoln

2) In which seven-a side team game, has positions which include: Goal keeper, Wing attack,, and Goal Shooter.

Answer: Netball

3) Which German Philosopher was born in Konigsberg in 1724, and spent virtually his whole life there? You can choose from a) Immanuel Kant, B) Franz Zavier, C) Franz Marx

Answer: Immanual Kant.

4) In Greek Mythology, on which island is Leto said to have given birth to Artemis and Apollo

Choose from A) Delos, B) Lesbos, c) Kos

Answer: Delos

5)The Clore gallery, and extension of the Tata Britain, was built to display the works of: A) Gainsborough, B) Turner, C) Constable.

Answer: Turner

6) In the Bible, who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites?

  Answer: Joshua.

7) Which small mammal, related to the Pine marten, has highly prized fur and shares its name with the heraldic tincture black? Choose from a) Vole, B) Sable, C) Hedgehog

Answer: Sable

8) Which Spice is obtained from the dried, lacy, outer covering of the nutmeg.

Choose from: a) mace, b) Turmeric, C) Gallingale.

Answer: A) Mace

9)  Most domestic ducks are descended from which common species of wild duck? Choose from: A) Widgeon, B) Pintails, C) Mallard

Answer: Mallard

10) Which Great Salt lake in South Australia is named after the British explorer who  became the first European to  sight it in 1840? Choose from A) Lake Everest  B) Lake Eyre, C) Buad

Answer: Lake Eyre.

11) What meat is traditionally associated with the Jewish Passover festival and with Easter?

Answer: LAMB

12) In which English city is the Museum, once known as the Dyson Perrins, which displays fine English Porcelain. Choose from A) Stoke on Trent, B) Worcestor, c) Derby

  1. A) Worcestor

13) On which Hawaiian Island is the capital Honolulu?

Answer: Oahu

14) The flag of which Southeast Asian country is red with a five-pointed yellow star in the centre?

Answer: Vietnam

15) Who wrote the autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father - it's about his relationship with his blind barrister father?

Answer: Sir John Mortimer

16) Which poisonous plant, often connected with magical rituals, was in the Middle Ages thought to utter a shriek when pulled from the ground?

Answer: Mandrake

17: The finger prints of humans have many characteristics shared with which marsupial?

Answer (perhaps surprisingly) is the Koala bear.

18) 'Winning by a canvas' is sometimes used to describe a close victory in which sport?

Answer: Rowing (NOT high speed oil painting ????)

19) 'The Bridal Chorus', better known as 'Here Comes The Bride', is from which Wagner opera?

Answer: Lohengrin

20) Which painter and engraver's works include A Rake's Progress?

Answer: Hogarth.

END OF THE May 2021 Newsletter

Ipswich |Group Update for March 2021

Posted by Howard L King on Fri, 12th Mar 2021

Hello again…..

Is it just me?

Like I guess most of you, I am watching more TV, particularly Day-Time TV, than perhaps I should!

Thankfully, my Family History research and Society, and other work – gives me something else to think about…..

Sadly, I seem to bump it watching more “Celebrity Specials” of this or that…. Am I the only one who has no idea who most of these celebrities are – or even why they are on the programmes….

Never a watcher of Sports… I get very irritated by the so-called pundits and commentators… they seem to come up with some peculiar Sports..

One mentioned that “We are going to have a nail-biting Competition” – how does that work?

After the first round, do we have to wait 5 weeks for the next round?

Elsewhere viewers were promised “Wheel-chair Tennis” – that piqued my interest – after watching for an hour I gave up - nobody managed to get a wheelchair over the net….

Elsewhere, again – geneticists are to carry about a survey on whether interbreeding had an effect over the (in the past) much isolated community on The Isle of Man… Why don’t they just look at the Flag and save a bit of money….

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I HOPE THAT MANY OF YOU CAUGHT on Thursday 4th February

”Family History for Beginners” Talk, presented by Roy Winchester (of The Sussex Family History Group)

Which was FREE TO ALL – Members or not…

His was the most popular ZOOM Talk so far – with about 230 people viewing it, and we had a marvellous response and many thanks……

If any of you missed it – Roy is giving it again…………  he has told us:

"The only one in the plans is to Eastbourne FHS on May 6th.  Its not on their site yet, though."  

So watch out for that on their website - https://eastbournefhs.org.uk/wp/?page_id=4964  ,and get in touch with them to let you in……

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          Later in the month on Saturday 20th February at 12:00 noon.

Janis Kirby (ex Chairman of Lowestoft Group) presented:

“The Story of Lowestoft China”.

Janis, in her first talk on Zoom, told us the fascinating story, once again a very positive response from viewers. For those that missed it – the recording will be available in the members area of our website for the next week…..

If you are NOT a Member – consider joining, view the following.

There is a membership link on our website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk.

You can join quite safely using the Internet. Renewals happen in April, but your renewal will go right through to April 2022… so you will have longer access to useful items in the members only area of the website.

ALL THE FOLLOWING ZOOM TALKS ARE FOR MEMBERS ONLY... however non-members can pay to view - for £3 per Talk.

To find out more about this option email chairman@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Thursday 4th March at 7:30 p.m. “Suffolk Stories: Jottings from the Suffolk Quarter Sessions”.

A fascinating and entertaining story, presented by the Bury Group Chairman, Kevin Pulford.

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Thursday 25th March at 7:30 p.m.

Read All about it …..

Kate Hurst – with a fascinating Talk

“Making Use of Old Newspapers” when Researching Family Histories…..

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Thursday 15th April at 7:30

Ken Finch (Society Treasurer and Ipswich Group member)

Presents:

“Shoemakers to New Zealand”

In the mid 19th century changes in agriculture caused particularly young people to look further afield for employment.

Some went to the north of England to seek employment in the mills of Lancashire or the pits of Durham.

Others sort work on the railways and often families went as groups.

The Church of the Latter-Day Saints known as the Mormons encouraged newly believers to move to Utah.

The Talk on The Shoemakers to New Zealand tells of the Chisnell family who, with the encouragement of the local clergy, left the shores of Suffolk for New Zealand. Australia had become populated by many criminals both male and females, all transported for what we would now consider to be minor crimes,.

But all who emigrated to New Zealand went by free choice.

It touches of the hardships they faced and includes a story of Romance.

Keep looking at the NEWS area of our website www.suffolkfhs.org.uk for ZOOM Talk updates and additions.

All members will receive, from the Society Membership Secretary, a link to join each talk, shortly before each talk..

Just click the link before each talk to participate.

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Saturday 24th April at 12 noon.

Sarah Doig – Nationally Known Author and Researcher on Genealogical Topics who wrote…..

……..“ by far my most popular and accessible talk is

“The A to Z of Curious Suffolk: strange stories of mysteries, crimes and eccentrics”

Some people in Suffolk may have seen me present this talk already, but many others (across the world) will not, of course.

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Thursday May 13th

Robert Halliday presents:

Unusual Tombstones of Suffolk….

The headstones in Churchyards can give you very useful family history information. Robert is obviously fascinated by all this. He will let you in on tips and techniques on how to read faint and faded tombstones.

Other talks are in preparation…. more next month……..

The March issue of Suffolk Roots has now gone to press – to start circulation in early March. Our small team of Editors are particularly pleased with what they have achieved in this 100 page bumper Edition… which has the theme: “Crime and Punishment”… but also covers other areas.

One new topic “Great Grandparents in common” where members list the basic details of their four Grandparents – has really taken off…..

The June issue has the theme, simply called “I remember…..significant events in your lifetime – or that of others……..”. To submit your article or note, look in the next issue.

When you do your Family History Research do you pay enough attention to your, and your parents story?

Given modern smart phones – have you recorded your parents and their siblings?

Given modern travel and communications, local accents will eventually fade away… so record them now.

Do capture your parent’s or other family members voices and even common expressions…

My Father-in-Law was, when I was doing little d.i.y. tasks for him, forever saying “Make sure you know what you are doing - before you do it” – which really used to infuriate me.

My Father, when he wanted to go to the Toilet, used to say, “I am just going to turn my bike around.” Which he insisted was an R.A.F. saying – though I never heard anyone else say it.

When I was very young, my brother and I used to go round to see our maternal grandmother, who we used to call “Plink a Plonk Nanny” – yes – she had a piano.

And another maternal Aunt and one of her Brothers both had a strange sense of humour.

From my Aunt, I have been known to go in a Café or Tea shop and order a couple of “Teasted Toe Cakes” – try it and see what happens. The Waitress sometimes doesn’t even Flinch.

Following Victoria Wood sketches – we have been known to order “Two Soups” and even when asked if we’d like some pudding, my wife and I have even asked in unison “Is it on the Trolley” – even when there is no trolley in evidence!

Capture or write down all these sorts of things now.

I was lucky to have access to the recording of an amazing gent who worked for the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment  (Orfordness) and at RAF Martlesham Heath and at The Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough.

His interview included sections that he had never told his Family. He sadly died a couple of months ago – and I copied the story onto a CD ROM – and the family were delighted to receive it…. and loved hearing his distinctive laugh once again.

GO ON – do it NOW!

April is the month when Annual memberships become due……

For the first time ever, we are offering lifetime membership…….. For all those at one address.

You can renew or indeed join, in the membership area of our website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

You can join or renew, quite safely, on-line.

We are looking at members can apply for a lifetime membership….. more on this once we are ready to go…..

Now more from our Society Chairman Andy Kerridge – paid up members will have probably already see a version of this…..

Members should be receiving your March edition of Suffolk Roots in the coming week.  Please take careful notice of some changes.

1)  David Horton takes over as Membership Secretary, so those who pay their subscriptions by cheque/cash, his contact details are on the reverse of the address label and he introduces himself in the journal.  Those who have already paid or sent their subs to me don't worry, I still have a paying in book and can update the database also during this handover.  We do not send acknowledgements normally - its hard enough to deal with the storm of renewals in March without extra admin.

2)  We are introducing a lifetime membership option.  We are testing the water with this and will see what response we get.  This lifetime membership is for all members, UK or overseas.

Do any of our members have data sets that they would be willing to share? 

For example, we have been given 440 images of war graves in Ipswich cemeteries and graveyards collected as a project.  Some of these are not on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.   We will be putting these on our website for members.

Any other projects or lists out there which members want to share with us?  Send me an email if you have, and we can discuss.

 

Here we go again…….

Your monthly quiz…….

Firstly 5 questions on the Ipswich riverside area:

!) There are two rivers in Ipswich – what are they called?

2)Why does the Ipswich Town shield – show the stern of a mediaeval Boat?

3)What was the year that Ipswich “Wet Dock” was opened for business - said to be the largest Wet Dock in Europe? Was it: A) 1838, B) 1842 C)1852

4)The development of the new wet dock attracted new industries to the dock area such as the coprolite factory founded by Edward Packard in 1849. This factory gave its name to Coprolite Street in the docks area. What is coprolite?

5) The Cobbold Family moved their brewery from Harwich to Ipswich, building the brewery on the Riverside…. The eventually lived in a fine house in large grounds nearby. What is that location now known as?

Have you seen the new Film, called “The Dig”, the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Anglo- Saxon Treasure in 1939. If you had these Five questions will be a doddle……

6)The hero of the Film was self taught Archaeologist Basil Brown? Where did he and his wife live at that time?

7) Who was the Manager of Ipswich Museum at the time?

 8) Mrs Pretty was the widow of ???? – What was her husbands name?

 9) What was the name of the House that Mrs Pretty lived in at Sutton Hoo (note: this building was NOT used in the film)

10) What happened to the site after the burial mound had been refilled….. was it

 A) Used as a house for war time evacuees B) Used for army battle training with trenches and little tanks running around C) Used as a centre for Land Army women.

 General Knowledge. 

11) What were the full names of Mr Rolls and Mr Royce of expensive car fame?

 12) What is the chemical symbol for Mercury?

 13) How many square yards were there in an acre (said to be the amount of land a Ploughman could plough in a days)

 14) Women worker in a factory in the East End of London suffered from a dreadful condition called “Phossy jaw”. What was being made in the Factory?

 15) See if you can find out who was the MP for Ipswich just before the Second World War

 16) What were Jacobite’s – often mentioned in history programmes?

 17) From 827 to 1066, what was the capitol of England?

 18) If you were doing a Rorschach Test – what would you be looking at?

 19) What very illuminating device was invented by Sir Humphrey Davy?

 20) What does the Word “Hoo” mean in a placename – such as Sutton Hoo, or Dallinghoo?

 21) There used to be an amazing Hardware Shop in Ipswich, on a corner in Fore Street. What was it called?

END OF QUIZ – Answers below…… STOP HERE if you want to work out the answers……….

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        Useful Websites: The British Library has the fascinating, and enormous, The National Sound Archive… which includes Florence Nightingale!

Go on – have a rummage, go via: https://sounds.bl.uk/

The International Committee of The Red Cross has digitised the records of Prisoners of War…. They are on “Find My Past”.

To find criminal ancestors from 1791 to 1892 – it may be worth looking at the National Archives Criminal Records England and Wales register for that period, which is available on Ancestry…. Enter www.snipca.com/36731

Are you having trouble tracking down fairly recent living relatives? This can be tricky – to help you The British Library’s free guide to finding Living relatives, including links to people finding services. Typing the following www.snipca.com/37200 into your browser will automatically down load the document.

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The Society are starting to think about how and when the Groups will start too re-open….

We in Ipswich are currently homeless ?…. Some of you may recall that we were just moving from our previous meeting location – and have applied to go into The Salvation Army Citadel, on Woodbridge Road……

However, despite me trying to remake contact – the Ipswich Citadel is slumbering on….. My best guess is that our Group meetings (if all goes well) – will re-start in September.

So, watch this space as things become clearer!

Whatever happens we will a Society wide ZOOM Talk each month.

Answers to the March Quiz:

1)There are two rivers in Ipswich – what are they called?

Answer: The River Gipping (Freshwater) joins The River Orwell (salt water) – and flows to the sea….

2) Why does the Ipswich Town shield – show the stern of a mediaeval Boat?

Answer – it has been said that the first Boats to have stern rudders (rather than the Starboard were Ipswich Boats Port and starboard unambiguously refer to the left and right side of the vessel, not the observer. That is, the port side of the vessel always refers to the same portion of the vessel's structure, and does not depend on which way the observer is facing.

The port side is the side of the vessel which is to the left of an observer aboard the vessel and facing the bow, that is, facing forward towards the direction the vehicle is heading when underway, and the starboard is to the right of such an observer.[1]

This convention allows orders and information to be given unambiguously, without needing to know which way any particular crew member is facing.[2][3]

The term starboard derives from the Old English steorbord, meaning the side on which the ship is steered. Before ships had rudders on their centrelines, they were steered with a steering oar at the stern of the ship on the right hand side of the ship, because more people are right-handed

 3) What was the year that Ipswich “Wet Dock” was opened for business - said to be the largest Wet Dock in Europe? Was it: A) 1838, B) 1842 C)1852

Answer: 1842

4) The development of the new wet dock attracted new industries to the dock area such as the coprolite factory founded by Edward Packard in 1849. This factory gave its name to Coprolite Street in the docks area. What is coprolite?

Answer: Coprolite is generally said to be fossilised Dinosaur droppings – there are (or were) large deposits in the area, such as at Waldringfield on the River Deben. Edward Packard eventually went into partnership with the Fison Family.

 5) The Cobbold Family moved their brewery from Harwich to Ipswich, building the brewery on the Riverside…. The eventually lived in a fine house in large grounds nearby. What is that location now known as?

Answer: Holywells Park.

Have you seen the new Film, called “The Dig”, the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Anglo- Saxon Treasure in 1939. If you have these Five questions will be a doddle……

6) The hero of the Film was self taught Archaeologist Basil Brown? Where did he and his wife live at that time?

Answer: Rickinghall, in the middle of Suffolk.

7) Who was the Manager of Ipswich Museum at the time?

Answer: Guy Maynard

8) Mrs Pretty was the widow of ??

Answer: Frank Pretty.

9) What was the name of the House that Mrs Pretty lived in at Sutton Hoo (note: this was NOT used in the film)

Answer: Tranmer House

10) What happened to the site after the burial mound had been refilled….. was it A) Used as a house for war time evacuees B) Used for army battle training with trenches and little tanks running around C) Used as a centre for Land Army women.

Answer: B) Used for army battle training with trenches and little tanks running around.

General Knowledge.

11) What were the full names of Mr Rolls and Mr Royce of expensive car fame?

Answer: The Company was founded in Manchester by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.

12) What is the chemical symbol for Mercury?

Answer: Hg

13) How many square yards were there in an acre (said to be the amount of land a Ploughman could plough in a days)

Answer: 4840 square yards

 14) Women worker in a factory in the East End of London suffered from a dreadful condition called “Phossy jaw”. What was being made in the Factory?

Answer: matches (in those days using phosphorous – before the invention of safety matches).

 15) See if you can find out who was the MP for Ipswich just before the Second World War

Answer: Richard Rapier Stokes, MC (27 January 1897 – 3 August 1957) was a British soldier and Labour politician who served briefly as Lord Privy Seal in 1951. The second son of Philip Folliott Stokes and his wife Mary Fenwick Rapier, the only surviving child of Richard Christopher Rapier (1836-1897) of Ransomes & Rapier,

16) What were Jacobites – often mentioned in history programmes?

Answer: followers of the Stuart King James II (new Latin: Jacobus) after his overthrow in 1688 (or his descendants).

17) From 827 to 1066, what was the capitol of England?

Answer: Winchester:  in 827, Egbert the first king of all England was crowned here. It then remained the capital and the most important city in England until the eleventh century and the arrival of William the Conqueror.

 18) If you were doing a Rorschach Test – what would you be looking at?

Answer: This is a psychological test in which the interpretation by a person of a series of INKBLOTS is said to reveal aspects of a person’s personality.

19) What very illuminating device was invented by Sir Humphrey Davy?

Answer: the Davy lamp (miners safety lamp).

 20) What does the Word “Hoo” mean in a placename – such as Sutton Hoo, or Dallinghoo?

Answer: English (East Anglia and the south): topographic name for someone who lived on a spur of a hill, from the Old English dative case hoe (originally used after a preposition) of hoh 'spur of a hill'.

 21) There used to be a really amazing Hardware Shop in Ipswich, on a corner in Fore Street. What was it called?

Answer: Martin and Newby – it opened in 1837 – and closed in June 2004. Having been taken into the cellar to look for an obscure fitting – I think some of the original stock was still there!

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Finally – a new Theory of relativity: if you go back far enough – we are all related!

ALL FOR NOW…….

Howard King. Trustee of Suffolk Family History Society, and Chairman of Ipswich Group, Suffolk Family History Society.

e-mail: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Telephone:-  0771 376 8821 mobile

                    01473 274300 landline

Registered Charity No 1087748         

Suffolk Family History Society Website: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk

 

 

Society ZOOM Talks are underway!

Posted by Howard L King on Mon, 8th Feb 2021

Hello All -

Face - to face meetings are currently suspended.

Instead the Society is offering (usually) TWO ZOOM TALKS per month. It look like these ZOOM talks will continue, even when monthly face to face Group Meetings resume.

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For an up to date list of forthcoming ZOOM Talks - go to NEWS on the Hoem page of this web site.

These ZOOM Talks are usually FREE to members.

A few weeks before the Talks members will be contacted and sent a link to click on and view the next ZOOM Meeting.

if you don't receive such an e-mail please contact membership@suffolkfhs.org.uk

For any other issues about the Ipswich Group e-mail publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Regards,

Howard King

 

Society ZOOM Talks are underway!

Posted by Howard L King on Tue, 24th Nov 2020

Society ZOOM Talks are underway!

In place of our Ipswich Group monthly Meetings, were are now holding regular "Zoom" online Meetings.

These are FREE and available to all Society Members....... Recent talks have attracted a large number of viewers from far and wide.....including from Canada Australia, New  Zealand, and our ex colony The United States!

Our Next Meeting is on Saturday 5th December, at 12 noon, when our old friend Chris Turland will present one of his fascinating talks, this time "The History of Transport in Suffolk" - which will cover the full gamut from Boats, Coaches, Buses, and Steam Railways. to todays set up.

We are currently setting up more talks for January and February 2021

Ipswich Group Update July 2020

Posted by Howard L King on Fri, 3rd Jul 2020

Hello again, I hope you are all well.

The Society held its first "Zoom" talk on Saturady 3rd October, which seemed to go down very well with the Society members at home and abroad.

There is more on the horizon - particularly in November 2020... so keep coming back to this website to find out more. 

I have been on some short broadcasts on BBC Radio Suffolk (7 on the Lesley Dolphin Show) and 1 at short notice on The James Hazell Show. All, in one way or another were to do with people getting started with their Family History Researches. 

I was contacted by over 20 people following these Broadcasts. If you are one of those – welcome…. (I send this e-mail to you using “bcc” so others cannot read your e-mail address). Your e-mail address will not be forwarded anywhere without your permission).

Following these Broadcasts, I have produced 7 fact sheets – if you would like one please contact me. Some are still currently being checked so there may be a slight delay.

Next onto our Groups Meetings: Those members in the know are already aware that we were in the process of moving venue when all this virus stuff happened..

The new venue we are looking at is the Salvation Army Citadel on Woodbridge Road, Ipswich (close to the Lattice Barn Pub – next to a HiQ Tyres business). We had got as far as putting an official request in to use the Citadel on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. This with all the documents, has been forwarded to the London Salvation Army H.Q. So, we now wait for the O.K. to go ahead with our first meeting.

When this happens, I will let you know.

Jenny (our Group Secretary) and I have been contacting Speakers and have some “on hold” ready to go……..

The Society will also have its Annual General Meeting, on line on Saturday 24th October at 12 noon. Our membership Secretary will be contacting all our members, and you can sign up to be involved in this meeting - which is particularly important this year - particularly with what has been going on.

For the moment – please put this Event in your Diaries - hopefully, all will go ahead as planned. I will e-mail out any more information as we get closer to the Event.

Now some more serious information….

The Society is seriously looking for a new Editor of our Quarterly Journal “Suffolk Roots”  to carry on the good work of Geoffrey Dennish – who is stepping down due to on-going health issues.

Geoff is currently working on the next issue… unfortunately if we cannot find a new Editor this may be the last issue for a while ?.

The task is not too bad. A lot of the content is provided by you – the members, and we have a detailed “Job Description” – anyone who comes forward will be helped to get started by The Society Trustees and by Geoff himself. Travelling and other legitimate expenses are re-paid.

Also, The Society is looking for a new Chairman and Vice Chairman. Some Society Trustees are currently taking it in turns to take on the role(s), particularly at the quarterly Trustees Meetings… but this situation is far from ideal. You will be re-imbursed travelling and other legitimate expenses.

We suggest that anyone who takes on either role become a Trustee first to (using a nautical term) learn the ropes. If anyone would like to have a go at either of these posts, please contact me…….

Next… I am often looking around in Churches…. Doing a bit of church crawling (cheaper than pub crawling) – looking for tombs of ancestors in the Graveyards, or listings inside the church, or  looking on a local memorial to those in the parish who did not return home after 20th Century conflicts.

To help my understanding I have been looking at a book and websites to do with “reading a Church”.

I was amused to find websites with details of medieval Saints, which may also amuse you….

One definition of a Saint was “A man or a woman who had lived a particularly holy life or performed miracles. They could also intervene in he lives of the living….”

Ladies First:

St Margaret of Antioch. The Patron Saint of women in childbirth, possibly as she had emerged unharmed from the belly of a dragon who had swallowed her…..

St. Apollonia was the Patron Saint of those with toothache (useful at this time of difficulty getting a dental appointment). She had been tortured by having all her teeth pulled out……

St. Wilga Fortis could help women get rid of unwanted husbands – in this country she was sometimes called St. Uncumber (really!)

A couple of men:

St Julian the Hospitaller.

St. Julian the Hospitaller's name refers to the fact that he opened a hostel for travellers and dedicated his life to providing hospitality for the sick and needy—but only after he’d killed his parents in a twist on the story of Oedipus. For that reason, he’s the patron saint of murderers, should you ever need one.

St. Servatius was a 4th century Armenian priest who died in Maastricht in the Netherlands of an infection to a leg wound in 384. Not only is Servatius now the patron saint of the city of Maastricht, he’s also responsible for foot and leg disorders, rheumatism, and protection against rats and mice.                                                                           ----------------------------------------------------------                                                           I am now going to nominate a person for Sainthood…. Richard Dawkins as the Saint for all Atheists.

According to another book – if you visited Canterbury Cathedral after the murder of Thomas Becket – you could buy a bottle of martyr’s blood.

Go back to the 1300’s the following relics were in Canterbury Cathedral for you to pray for or touch the casket that they were in etc….

12 whole bodies of Saints. 3 heads of Saints, 12 arms of Saints, Pieces of Jesus’s cross, Jesus’s foreskin, Jesus’s cradle, Jesus’s tomb, as well as innumerable pieces of his hair, bones, and skin. 

Now…

Now 3 useful websites:

  1. Views the Pathe News newsreel archive – that you ancestors may have viewed at the flicks….

Perhaps you will get a glimpse of an ancestor – or something they would have witnessed…. Go to www.britishpathe.com for free viewing. One warning, this site can be addictive!

  1. Look at the Layers of London website

www.layersoflondon.org which is being built as we speak by contributions from the public – creating the social history of our capital using historical maps.

  1. Looking for a copy of a Will? Try https://www.transcribedwills.co.uk/Will-Finder

-From Howard King

Ipswich Group Chairman,

publicity@suffolkfhs.org,uk

All for now. Have a lovely summer – when it returns…..

Sad news About Wynne Browes

Posted by Howard L King on Thu, 14th May 2020

I am sad to report that Wynn Browes has died, I believe in a Hspice in Ipswich.. This follows a long illness.

Some of you will recall that she had previously been Chairman of the Ipswich Group for a while.

Wynne died on Friday 8th May.

I guess most of you are aware that she had not been well for some while – and I suspect that the Covid Virus was the last straw.

For much of my connection with the Society Wynne and her Husband Eric were around. They could accurately be described as a loving couple. I think Eric must be devastated.

When the Ipswich Group, with Wynne was Chairman of the Ipswich Group, we met at The Red Cross Hall, Bramford Road. Wynn and Eric always used to arrive before anyone else, as Wynne was a keyholder on behalf of the Group.…. They would walk around from their house in Bramford Lane, pushing a shopper in which the Meeting Refreshments were transported.

They always just on with things – and I recall were often not very impressed with the hygienic state of the Kitchen, and often had to set to work, before getting on with the meeting – to do a good clean-up of the Kitchen.

I guess this task was important to Wynn as she had previously been a Hospital Nurse in the Ipswich area, where cleanliness was, of course, paramount.

Wynne, as Chairman of the Group, was always a friendly and helpful soul, often sitting with her old friend Beryl Kempson to listen to the talk .Nothing was too much trouble for her.

She happily allowed Group Committee Meetings to be held at their house… plying us with tea and biscuits. As with most Family History Society Group Committee Meetings – once the “business” had been done, everything eventually turned to each other researches, and then to an amiable chat.

Wynne was a fount of useful Knowledge, and continued to support Roy Goulding and later on myself as Chairmen whenever she could. Sadly her health deteriorated, and we then saw little of her and Eric, especially once we had moved meetings to The Co-Op Education Centre. However I continued to get reports on how Wynne and Eric were getting on.

This sad news made me reflect on what Wynne had done for the Society, locally and for the Society in general (including help transcribing records at the Ipswich Records Office) . and for other Societies and Groups in her area of town . She always liked other people, and liked getting involved in things. She will not be forgotten.

If you feel you would like to send a Condolence Card….. The only address I have at present is:

47, Bramford Lane,

Ipswich. There is a phone number for this address: 01473 438633

Best Wishes, Howard King (Current Chairman of Ipwich Group)

Mark Mitchels Talk " The Story of Thomas Seckford

Posted by Howard L King on Fri, 20th Dec 2019

Mark Mitchels - well known and popular Suffolk speaker - with a mass of different talks under his belt - came along and gave a very detailed, entertaining talk on Thomas Seckford... perhaps the most influential person on the evolution of Woodbridge - the effect of his life is still visible today.

To a packed audience he told how Thomas was a very wily person at the Royal Court of Elizabeth 1.

His Father - also Thomas Seckford, was at Bealings in 1500 - and is buried under an ornate monument  in Gt Bealings Church.

His second son our hero Thomas, became a lawyer at Grays Inn in London... in the time of Henry V111.

Whilst he was at Cambridge he became a close friend of Willam Cecil - Lord Burliegh, a useful and lifelong friendship that served Thomas well.

From then on he had close contact with the Monarchies of Henry V111, Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary) the Boy King Edward V11, and of course Elizabeth 1st. He always steered a cautious path and never really got involved in any factions that came and went around the monarchies.

He built properties in Woodbridge and later in Life at about 58, he bought and rebuilt properties in Clerkenwell, London, where he built grand "Woodbridge House".

In Woodbridge he and his wife moved into the rebuilt and modernised Woodbridge Abbey - the building that is now The Abbey pre-school (behind st Mary's Church on Market Hill).

His portfolio in London eventually enabled him to have enough money to do things for his "home town" - where he built the Shire Hall (which also had a gaol underneath at one time)... He built the first Alms Houses, and the first version of Woodbridge School.

He set up the Seckford Foundation - which kicked in after his death. The  Foundadtion money was wisely used and trickled down to fund things like the Seckford Dispensary - and the expansion and mocernising of the Seckford Alms Houses - probably the most handsome Alms Houses in Suffolk.

When Thomas died he was buried in St Marys Church - under a lovely Monument.

Other members of the SeKford (sic) family continued to live in what is now known as Seckford Hall - just off the A12 ...... They unsuccesfully contested his will - objecting to Thomas's "Seckford Foundation" legacy - they wanted all his money for themselves.

The Seckford Family line eventually died out.

At the end of the Talk - Mark got a spontaneous, well desrved, round of applause - with members of the audience asking questions, and coming up to chat to Mark after the talk finished.

The Royal Naval Patrol Service in WW2

Posted by K Pulford on Mon, 14th Oct 2019

Percy Lomax presented "The Local Co-Op from Ipswic

Posted by Howard L King on Fri, 11th Oct 2019

Percy Lomax  came from Essex to present:

 "The Local Co-Op from Ipswich to the east of England - a Growth Story" - which echoed, in its early days the evolution of the Co-Op movement.

The East of England Co-op was one of the most succesful regions, and Percy explained how it evolved - and how it coped through two World Wars..  and how the Coop got to where it is today - with many "corner shops", and now facing the threat of stores like LIDL and ALDI and the other large retailers, and, of course - on-line shopping.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
27/10/2016The History of Advertising
Advertising goes back further than you think! Coming closer to today - you come across adverts in Directories, old Newspapers, and the flood of adverts we are bombarded with today. Your forbears may have placed such adverts or even appear in them!
Stuart Bowell
24/11/2016Cakes, Ales, Partying, Feasting, and Fundraising in Medieval Suffolk.
The title says it all... but does not give full justice to a fascinating and entertaining talk.
Kate Jewell
09/12/2016Special pre-Christmas Talk The Victorian Ghost Hunter - PLEASE NOTE EARLY FRIDAY DATE
Special Talk - DIFFERENT DATE. FRIDAY NIGHT 16th December 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. Normal Venue. Meet a Victorian Ghost Hunter. Look at the tools of his trade. Hear of the Society for Psychical Research founded 1882, Cambridge and Edmund Gurneys strange tale.
Andrew Selwyn
26/01/2017Members Evening - telling us: Family Tales, Family Heirlooms and Black Sheep
If it helps, call Howard 01473 274300 and discuss. Each talk abt 10 min. For a Laptop, we have a Digital projector + a Visualiser , (Overhead projector with a camera); projecting the image. Afterwards discuss Research problems,suggesting solutions.
Mainly Ourselves
23/02/2017Victoria and her Children - The Ultimate Family Tree - by Breda Stringer
Queen Victoria.... whose children married into Royal Famlies across Europe.... Her descendants STILL influence Europe in one way or another! A fascinating Family Story.
Breda Stringer
23/03/2017The De-la-Pole Family - Dukes of Suffolk... the Family Story.
A grim tale telling how Frances researched what really happened to a relative, who survived the Burma Railway... but talked little of his experiences. How she used little known records and archives etc. A part of history we should never forget!
Steven Govier
27/04/2017"Fig Leaves, Farthingales and Fiches" - what your ancestors wore - with a few surprises!
A light-hearted evening of frolics and fun....
Frances Saltmarsh
25/05/2017Sex and War - American G.Is in Suffolk in WW2
Lucy has Researched the effect American G.Is (particularly coloured ones) had in East Anglia, meeting local ladies, fathering children in wartime. The consequences for the parents and the children. Telling fascinating stories, with some happy endings.
Prof. Lucy Bland (Anglia Ruskin University)
22/06/2017Day Trip to The National Archives at Kew - for records not held anywhere else!
Special Coach Day out , - leaving Martlesham Heath Shoppers Car Park 06:30, Tesco Copdock Bus Stop, Capel St Mary A12 slip Road Bus stop. Price £25/person. Book NOW. Call Howard 01473 274300, e-mail howard.king1@outlook.com
Organiser Howard King 01473 274300
27/07/2017A Short History of Shopping - (particularly relating to the Ipswich area).
Looking at the Shopping in the Ipswich area.... Do you remember Ridleys, Martin and Newbys, Footmans, John Colliers...... The list goes on and on. Wallow in nostalgia, in an era before the Internet. Did your family work in or own a shop in the area.
Linda Sexton
01/08/2017NO MEETING IN AUGUST
NO MEETING IN AUGUST PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MEETINGS FROM NOW ON WILL START SLIGHTLY EARLIER - at 7:15. We aim to finish and Clear the building by 9:30. This is due to changes in the Security procedures at The Co-Op Education Centre!
28/09/2017The Ipswich War Memorial Project
Team members will explain this extensive Project - researching Ipswich War Memorial Great War deaths. They will also highlight some life stories. If you want to know more about anyone listed - contact 01473 274300 before the Meeting.
Members of The Ipswich War Memorial Team
30/09/2017Suffolk family History Society - Family History Fair
FREE ENTRY 10-00 - 4:00. University of Suffolk, Waterfront,. Ipswich.. Topline Speakers. Free Research area with on-line and personal help breakdown Research Brick Walls. Stands,stalls, displays. More info elsewhere on this website, or call 01473 274300.
Suffolk Family History Society - Annual Family History Fair
26/10/2017An Armchair Walk on "Remarkable Ipswich Women";
Looking in detail at Special Ipswich Women - many on Blue Plaques around the town. You probably know the Plaques - now find out the stories. Be prepared for some surprises.
Ann Day
23/11/2017Duleep Singh - The Story of an Indian Prince in Rural splendour at Elvedon in Suffolk
The fascinating story of an Indian Sikh Prince living in Splendour in a Large Suffolk House. A Story of Pomp and Ceremony... and a tinge of sadness..... How did he fit in with the British aristocracy, and what became of him?
Stephen Govier
14/12/2017Entertaining General History and Family History Quiz - plus your favourite Family Photo.
NOTE Thurs 14th December - An entertaining, light hearted evening of bonhomie, amusement and a mince-pie, with a few prizes.. Be amazed at what you know, learn something you didnt. Bring Favourite labelled Family Photo, which may win a prize.
Mainly Ourselves
25/01/2018A Look at "Ipswich Treasures" - things to notice as you perambulate our fine Town.
There are many hidden jems around Ipswich. John, who is an expert on Ipswich and Suffolk Buildings... will entertain us by telling us more about his favourites. You may never look at Ipswich in the same way again.,
John Field (who recently presented his talk "Cartoonist Carl Giles' Ipswich" to a packed audience.)
22/02/2018Insanity - How Previous generations (particularly the Victorians) dealt with this issue..
Kathy Chater.... Nationally Known Genealogical Researcher and Author, comes from London. She will explain how earlier generations recorded this issue for us to find. She has promised to look at the records for St. Audreys, and St. Clements for examples.
Kathy Chater, Nationally Known Genealogical Researcher and Author, is coming from London.
22/03/2018A Song of their Own - The Fight for Votes for Ipswich Women.
Joy is a well known local Researcher and Author..... who has produced a Book on this Topic..... Perhaps a lady i your Family Tree participated in this Campaign - and chained herself to railings outside County Hall or elsewhere.
Joy Bounds
25/04/2018Charles II, Jane Lane, and the Mystery of The Ancient House
London was a magnet for people from Victorian Suffolk , often thinking they were going to live in a better place. But often lived in cramped, overcrowded, vermin ridden slums, with hunger, crime and filthy water “normal”.
John Sutton
26/04/2018Black Teeth and Dirty Fingernails, the Great Unwashed of Victorian London.
An Entertaining Talk, with the Speaker coming from South London.All about the poorer side of Victorian london - this could be the life experienced by your ancestors who left Suffolk to fine their fortune in London - only to be dissapointed!
David Allen
24/05/2018AGM - Followed by "Looking at and using Parish Registers".
Viviene, Ipswich based Professional Genealogist, (often at The Suffolk Records Offices), tells us more about what Parish Records can reveal - with tips on using them in your researches.
Viviene Aldis
28/06/2018Outside Visit to see The Ipswich Town Hall Mayors Parlour, Ipswich Town Hall
Visit - Mayors Parlour, Ipswich Town Hall. The story of Civic Ipswich over many centuries. See the Civic Regalia, see fascinating pictures and photos, hear the stories. Guided by The Town Sergeant. Numbers restricted. Booking at the March Meeting .
An Outside Visit to The Mayors Parlour - Ipswich Town Hall
26/07/2018Ipswich Cinemas and Theatres
There were far more Theatres and Cinemas in Ipswich than you may think. Come and find out where they were - when they were open - and who was linked to them........ There are some people that will surprisingly recognise or recall.
Eric Thorndyke
23/08/2018A Members Research Evening - with helpful resources and Advice.
A Members Research Evening - with helpful resources and Advice. Why not come along and tell us a short story from your researches. Flagging up your basic problems beforehand may be a good idea!
Mainly yourselves.....
27/09/2018Researching House and Property History at 7:15
Sue, East Anglian based member of the Association of Registered Genealogists, has trawled through records at Records Offices and Archives across the UK. She is ideally placed to pass on tips and hints on the topic. Go further with your researches.
Sue Adams
25/10/2018"Hidden Presences at Ipswich's Ancient House: The King and the Maid", Ipswich at 7:15
A little known story, researched by John Sutton... on Charles II, a lady called Jane Lane, and the iconic Ipswich Building, The Ancient House... Many will think they know all about this iconic Ipswich landmark - but do you really?
John Sutton
22/11/2018The Fun and Fascination of Churches (at 7:15 p.m.)
A fascinatinating, entertaining Evening, with Ipswich's very own Roy Tricker - awarded the MBE in the 2018 New Years Honours Lists ( for his work helping to preserve Suffolk's glorious Churches) - who will give us a whistle-stop tour of his favorites....
Roy Tricker
27/12/2018No Meeting this Month
No meeting this Month - see you at the January meeting.....
No Meeting this Month
24/01/2019"The History of the Suffolk Fire Service"
More details nearer the date. For more information on this talk call 01473 274300 Preferably from October 2018 onwards.
Chris Turland
28/02/2019The Medical contribution to mortality decline in Ipswich from 1851 to 1911
Ever puzzled why the death rate started to fall from 1851 in Ipswich? - Come and find out more... Is it a coincidence that Anne has zeroed in on the Census years 1851 to 1911... perhaps she has dug deep into records we dont look in.
Dr Anne Folan
28/03/2019Change to Talk - now "Harwich and The Continent"
Crhis Turland - (recent entertaining speaker on the "History of the Suffolk Fire Service"), has stepped in and will present "Harwich and the Continent".
Chris Turland
25/04/2019What did your Ancestor do in the Great War
Following his talk David, who is a serious collector of Militaria, can advise on any medals, photos or militaria you may have - so bring them along.
David Empson
23/05/2019The Local Co-op - from Ipswich to the East of England - a Growth Story......
“From Ipswich to East of England – A Growth Story”. How Ipswich was a key member at the centre of the Growth of the Co-op movement in this region - and looking at the history of this change This talk will be followed our Group's (very brief) AGM
Percy Lomax
27/06/2019Minbus Group Day Out Highgate Cemetary.
Looking at a Mini-bus trip to Highgate Cemetary - with 2 Guided Tours of Both East and West Cemetary. Leaving Ipswich area at about 08:00 - Prices £40 members, £42 non members confirmed. Take Lunch in a lovely Cafe in a nearby Park. VERY FEW PLACES LEFT
Mini-Bus tour of Highgate Cemetary - with Guided tours of East and West Cemetaries.
12/07/2019Research Meeting
From 2 p.m. PLEASE CONTACT Jenny on 01473 902367 to say you are coming as you will need to be let into: Carlford Court, 112, Parliament Road, Ipswich , IP4 5EL, which is a "Secure" accomodation block.
Research Meeting where Jenny Rawlinson Lives
25/07/2019The 1851 Great Exhibition.
A fascinating illustrated talk about what was the first, event that really united the British Isles - made all the better by the evolving Railway System. Also the first provision of proper Public Conveniences - where Spending a Penny probably came from.
Geoffrey Kaye
22/08/2019A romp through the Suffolk Newspaper Archives.
A Fascinating Romp through the Suffolk Newspaper Archives, by a very well know Suffolk Speaker.
Pip Wright
26/09/2019"To Relieve the Need and Stress" -The story of East Anglian Alms Houses
Sarah, well known and respected Suffolk Author and Researcher, explores East Anglian Alms Houses.... the sort of places where some of our Ancestors probably ended their days.
Sarah Doig
24/10/2019The Royal Navy Patrol Service
Unsung Heroes, 14,000 died manning converted Drifters and Trawlers, and specially built boats - patrolling from Gt Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Harwich and Ipswich etc. They swept mines - rescued Fliers; Ship Wrecked mariners.
Leo Whisstock
08/11/2019Family History Research Meeting
This is a Research Meeting - to break down your research Brick Walls. 2:30 Fri 8th Nov. £2 per person To Book - call Jenny 01473 902367. The venue 10, Carlford Court, 112 Parliament Road, Ipswich IP4 5EL. Bring your research notes etc.
This is a Research Meeting - working together to break down your research "Brick Walls".
28/11/2019Thomas Seckford - His Life and Legacy
The Story of a Tudor Superstar - with houses in Woodbridge, Ipswich, and a Street named after him in The City of London. He was at the centre of Power in Tudor England. He founded Woodbridge School and his Legacy The Seckford Foundation; continues.
Mark Mitchels
23/01/2020Red Sails on The Orwell - The R.W. Paul (Grain Shippers etc with a large Silo on Ipswich Docks0
Red Sails on The Orwell - R.W. Paul (Malsters and Barge owners). 7:15 p.m. Coop Ed Centre, 11, Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW (Park Waterworks Street IP4 1JG) £2 members, others £2.50. Pay at door. info 01473 274300 Correcting latest Suffolk Roots
Chris Turland
21/02/2020Research Help Meeting - Ipswich Group
2:30 on Friday 21st February, at 10 Carlford Court, 112, Britannia Road, Ipswich. You MUST book in advance - call Jenny on Ipswich 902367 e-mail: Ipswich@suffolkfhs.org.uk If delayed call 0771 376 8821 The Cost - £2 per person to pay for the room
A Guided Session aimed at helping Reserchers with their researches.
27/02/2020The History of Windmills in Suffolk.
"The History of Windmills in Suffolk" 7:15 p.m. Coop Ed Centre, 11, Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW (Park Waterworks Street IP4 1JG) £2 members, £2.50 non-members. Pay at door. More info 01473 274300 NOT AS LISTED IN the Latest SUFFOLK ROOTS
Chris Hullcoop
26/03/2020Re-scheduled Talk; The Suffolk Bevin Boys in World War Two. NOW POSTPONED
"The Suffolk Bevin Boys" by Barbara McElroy 7:15 p.m. Coop Ed Centre, 11, Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW (£2 members, £2.50 non-members. Pay at door. More info 01473 274300 TALK POSTPONED - Rescheduled with Speaker for Early 2021
Barbara McElroy
18/04/2020Coach Trip to Family Tree Live - CANCELLED
Coach Trip. Family Tree Live - Phone 01473 274300 email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk EVENT CANCELLED BY ORGANISERS - and OUR COACH CANCELLED
Large Event at Alexandra Palace by Coach from the Ipswich area.
28/05/2020Ipswich Group Annual revue + The Basics of Heraldry and its place in Family History Research
The Basics of Heraldry and Family History Research. By Peter Durell, of The Suffolk Heraldry Society. If you have ever tried to decode a Family Hatchment (crest) in a Church - and drawn a blank - come along. Do you have a Family Crest?
Peter Durrell
05/12/2020ZOOM TALK for ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS
ZOOM TALK ..... FREE TO ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS The History of Public Transport in Ipswich Saturday 5th December at 12 NOON See Poster under The NEWS website tab.
Chris Turland

Contact

For further details on the programme you should contact

Mrs Jenny Rawlinson (Ipswich Branch Secretary)

10, Carlford Court,

112, Parliament Road,

 Ipswich IP4 5EL  

01473 902367

e-mail: jennyrawlinson@hotmail.com
or
Howard King (Chairman)
01473 274300
or by Email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Contact

Mrs Jenny Rawlinson (Ipswich Branch Secretary)

10, Carlford Court,

112, Parliament Road,

 Ipswich IP4 5EL  

01473 902367

e-mail: jennyrawlinson@hotmail.com
or
Howard King (Chairman)
01473 274300
or by Email: publicity@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Projects

The War Memorials of Ipswich Villages

There is a memorial book, compiled in 2003 by Jennifer Jones, in the Parish Church, containing photographs of the graves or memorials of most of the men of the North Samford Benefice (Belstead, Bentley, Burstall, Copdock & Washbrook, Sproughton and Tattingstone) who died in the First World War.

The information in this document was researched by Martin Edwards 2003, with additional information researched by Jean Austin 2006.

Bentley

The War Memorial stands on a road junction and is in the form of a memorial cross; it was first unveiled on 28th November 1921. The Cross was designed by H Munro Cautley, architect, writer and the greatest connoisseur of East Anglian churches. EE Saunders of Ipswich erected the Cross. 

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Belstead

Celtic Cross War Memorial in the centre of the village;  Roll of Honour in the Church.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

 Burstall

Memorial window in the Church;  Roll of Honour in the Village Hall.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Copdock and Washbrook

1914-1918:  War Memorial in Copdock Church;  Roll of Honour, formerly in Washbrook Chapel (current whereabouts not known). 1939-1945: Memorial stone in Copdock Churchyard.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Sproughton

War memorial in the Church;  Roll of Honour in the Vestry.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Tattingstone

Memorial plaques in the Church for both First World War and Second World War.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Wherstead

The brass plaque in church.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Ransomes and Rapier War Memorial

Prior to being located in Bourne Park, the memorials were on the wall outside the canteen area (overlooking the bowling green) of the Waterside Works.  The memorial to employees killed in the First World War was unveiled on 8 January 1921 and was initially in the ‘billiard room’.  The company – which had extensive premises off the Wherstead Road, including in ‘Rapier Street’ – was closed down in 1987 (and the site is now largely redeveloped).  The three sided memorial was erected in Bourne Park in 1988 – one side commemorates the employees who died in the First World War, one side those who (including civilian employees) were killed or missing in the Second World War and the third side commemorates Richard Stokes, who was long associated with the company as Chairman and Managing Director.

To see a list of men on the memorials click here.

Photoes of war graves in Ipswich cemetery