Lowestoft Group

Introduction

LOWESTOFT - the British Isles' most easterly town, is situated in the north-east of the county and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the 18th & 19th Centuries it expanded and absorbed the adjacent hamlets of Kirkley, Normanston and Carlton Colville and has grown to a town with a population of 70,000.

Many of the major industries have disappeared but some tentative regeneration is occurring, mainly in the field of windfarm turbine building and maintenance. Two large marinas attract private yachts and cruisers from Europe. The town still manages to attract day visitors with its superb Blue Flag beaches and safe bathing

 

 The Maritime Museum in Sparrow's Nest Gardens houses a large collection dedicated to the now defunct fishing industry. During WW2, Sparrow's Nestiwas the home of was the The Royal Navy Patrol Service which occupied the Nest throughout the war and was named HMS Europa. The  Lowestoft War Museum, which contans a vast collection of  photographs and artefacts of Lowestoft in WW2, is alway pleased to welcome visitors.   A memorial to members of the RNPS is in the adjacent Belle Vue Park displaying the names of 2385 seamen who "have no known grave".

The Lowestoft Museum in Nicholas Everitts Park, Oulton Broad, has a fine collection of Lowestoft Porcelain.

 

 

 

 

Our Group

In 1975 Katherine Bardwell with a few like-minded individuals started a small group which was held at Lowestoft library - there was no record office there then. The launch was very successful and the Suffolk Genealogy Society was born, with Katherine as its chairman & magazine editor. Later a group at Ipswich was formed and the name changed to Suffolk Family History Society.

The group has been active over the years in promoting family history with stalls at various local events. Parish register transcriptions have been foremost and most parishes in the Waveney district have been transcribed wholly or partially. Likewise with Monumental inscriptions and most churchyards have been transcribed.

Meetings are held, usually, on the first Tuesday of each month (except Jan & Aug) at 

United Reformed Church, London Road North, Lowestoft, NR32 1HB.


Ample free parking is available and there is disabled access.
Click here for directions.

Doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7.30pm with entry for SFHS members £1.50 and non-members £2.00. Newcomers are especially welcome.

We have a varied programme of interesting talks & speakers and following this tea or coffee and biscuits are served. We usually have a book stall and CDs of transcripts and other documents are available if requested.

We always like a chance to discuss Family History interests so if you're just starting or stuck and need help or advice do please feel free to ask any of the Committee.

We also transcribe Parish & Workhouse registers for the Society's current projects at the Lowestoft Record Office and if you'd like to help or know more about this, again do please ask.

Links

Now find us on Facebook - Suffolk Family History Society - Lowestoft Branch

Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial - The Memorial commemorates members who died during 1939-1946 and have no known grave other than the sea.

"Excelsior" LT472 - A Lowestoft smack built in 1921, this fishing vessel has been meticulously restored to her original sailing appearance.

Lowestoft Workshop and Heritage

Lowestoft Maritime Museum Sparrow's Nest

Lowestoft Museum, Nicholas Everitts Park - Lowestoft Museum collects, preserves and displays objects relating to the history of the area and its people, and promotes awareness and interest in our rich heritage.

Lowestoft Archaeological & Local History Society - meetings at South Lowestoft Methodist Church,London Road South at 7.30.

Contact

Secretary: Beryl Capps
01502 562584
or by Email:  lowestoft@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Last Modified on 16/04/2018 by Janis Kirby

News

Group Visit to Beccles Museum

Posted by Janis Kirby on Sun, 18th Aug 2019

On a warm summers evening on Tuesday 13th August the Lowestoft group of SFHS and together with Lowestoft Archaeology & Local History Society visited Beccles Museum who opened especially for us.  We were welcomed by Chairman Barry Darch and then left to explore.  The museum is sited on Ballygate with wonderful views across the Waveney Valley from its garden. 

We were able to view the Rix Collection which covers the history of Beccles from the 15th century to 1895 and named after Samuel Wilton Rix who put the Collection together. This is currently on loan from the Lowestoft branch of Suffolk Record Office and is in the process of being digitised by Alan Wheeler who is the Curator of the museum.  This is proving to be a very lengthy process, but worthwhile as it will be available on the musuem's computer in due course.  The musuem has diverse collections, including a temporary exhibition on the Beccles Lido Group and is housed in the 16th century Leman School.  We would like to thank Beccles Museum and the volunteers for a lovely evening

Change to the Programme - 3rd September

Posted by Janis Kirby on Sun, 18th Aug 2019

Our guest speaker on Tuesday 3rd September will be Sue Tibbetts of Sudbury Ephemera Archive, which has retained many Sudbury artefacts in their town.  Sue is a member of Sudbury Archeological Society, and promises to be a very interesting speaker.

The talk on the 1939 Census will rescheduled for next year.

East Coast Heritage Event 15th June 2019 - Lowesto

Posted by Janis Kirby on Wed, 12th Jun 2019

If you're in the Lowestoft area on Saturday 15th June,

why not come along to the above event, between 10am and 4pm

 IT'S FREE!!

Stalls include;

  • Suffolk Family History Society
  • local museums
  • local history groups
  • parks and other heritage groups
  • fishermen displaying their net repairing skills
  • a shanty choir
  • Lowestoft Bridge navigation simulator 
  • local speaker Ivan Bunn's fascinating talk on Sparrows Nest Park
  • and much more

For more information see ECHE Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/echelowestoft/

Drop-in Family History Research Session

Posted by Janis Kirby on Tue, 5th Mar 2019

A reminder that the Lowestoft's Group's next family history drop-in session is on Wednesday, March 20th.

The session starts at 2-4 pm at the Lowestoft Heritage Centre. Wi-fi is available so bring your electronic Ipad or laptop if you have one.  Otherwise, good old fashioned paper and pencil will do. All welcome, no fee but do consider becoming a Friend of the Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre.

A warm welcome to all

Life of Nelson

Posted by Janis Kirby on Tue, 5th Mar 2019

A fantastic talk this evening from Sue Pearce from the Nelson Museum in Gt Yarmouth. Her knowledge of Nelson, his life, his women and career is phenomenal and all, without notes! Thanks for coming back and giving us another glimpse into Nelson's life.  Some of the Lowestoft Group visited the Nelson Museum in the summer following Sue's earlier talk, and we would certainly recommend a visit.

Lowestoft Group's visit to St John's Ambulance Cen

Posted by Janis Kirby on Mon, 18th Feb 2019

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It was great meeting some of the Volunteers from St John’s Ambulance and worth turning out on a cold January evening.  We were made very welcome, and were given a short presentation, followed by an opportunity to visit their museum which is fascinating.  After that, we were shown an array of ambulances, my favourite was the 1960s ambulance, which looked so very different from the ones of today - note the flask on the wall on the far left - it wasn't for the crew to have a hot cuppa, but simply to provide cold water. All this, and then tea and biscuits, what more could anyone want?

Next meeting at the Heritage Centre, High Street,

Posted by Janis Kirby on Mon, 18th Feb 2019

Wednesday, February 20th 2 pm- 4 pm

Come along to our informal family history research session at the Lowestoft Heritage Centre, (behind Flint House, top of Wilde's Score)

Wi-fi avalable so bring your electronic devices, as well as good old fashioned pencil and paper.

All welcome, no fee but do consider becoming a Friend of the Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre.

A warm welcome to regular attendees and new attendees too.

Even if your ancestors are not from Suffolk,  we're happy to give you advice on searching for your roots, wherever they may be.

Next Monthly Meeting

Posted by Malcolm Rose on Mon, 4th Jun 2018

Flint House Cafe Meeting

We will have our next monthly meeting at Flint House Cafe on Wednesday 20th June from 2-4pm.  Please come along with your family history research and we will endeavour to see if we can help each other.  So many of us who live locally seem to be chasing the same families, that this gives us a chance to sit down, over a cuppa and find those connections.  There is no charge, all you need to do is buy a drink and perhaps one of Maria's delicious scones or cakes an cakes.

Lowestoft Group's Facebook Page

Posted by Janis Kirby on Sat, 7th Apr 2018

Don't forget to take a look at Suffolk Family History Society, Lowestoft Group's Facebook Page - we now have 229 members and lots of questions are put by various members.  We are already finding distant (and not so distant!) cousins around the globe.

Events

DateDetailsSpeaker
08/01/2019A Visit to St John's Ambulance Museum
A visit to the St John's Ambulance Museum in Oxford Road.
Janis Kirby
05/02/2019Sir Walter Runciman Bart. Master Mariner
The life and times of a mariner from boy to Master
Ann Youngs
05/03/2019The Life of Nelson
The Life and Times of a Famous Admiral
Sue Pearce
02/04/2019Suffragette
A Dramatic Presntation
Pakefield Quakers
07/05/2019ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and Talk
John Louth Clemence Lowestoft Architect
Ivan Bunn
04/06/2019Lady Alice Bryan
Lady Alice Bryan of All Saints, Acton, Suffolk
Pip Wright
15/06/2019East Coast Heritage Event 2019
Following on from the success of last years. 10:00 to 4 p.m. FREE ENTRY, Lowestoft Campus of East Coast College, St Peters Street, Lowestoft, NR32 2NB - Lowestoft Group, Suffolk Family History Soc. attending https://www.facebook.com/echelowestoft/
Many Stands and Items to view all to do with the History and Heritage of the Lowestoft area
02/07/2019Tale of a Lowestoft Lad
Janis Kirby
13/08/2019VISIT TO BECCLES MUSEUM
NO MEETING BUT A VISIT TO THE BECCLES MUSEUM HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR 7PM
03/09/20191939 Census
Members and visitors participation
01/10/2019Primative Methodism
Sue Barnard
05/11/2019Ancestors
What did your ancestors do after the WW1
Member's Participation
03/12/2019Research Evening

Contact

For further details on the programme you should contact

Secretary: Beryl Capps
01502 562584
or by Email:  lowestoft@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Contact

Secretary: Beryl Capps
01502 562584
or by Email:  lowestoft@suffolkfhs.org.uk

Group Projects

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