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

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

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




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

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




Our Group

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

Plenty of parking is available and there is disabled access.

The meeting starts at 7.30 pm usually on the last Tuesday of each month.
Entry is £2.00 for SFHS members and £2.50 for non-members.  

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

We are a lively group who enjoy a good laugh as well as a chance to discuss Family History interests. If you need help please feel free to ask. We usually have a newsletter.

As well as the monthly meeting we organise coach trips and outings to record offices and local places of interest.

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



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Last Modified on 16/03/2017 by K Pulford


Sad Loss of Committee Member

Posted by H C Richardson on Wed, 18th Nov 2020

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Karl Knights, one of our long-standing committee members. When, as a Group, we started to record MI's Karl volunteered to draw up the maps of each churchyard.

What sounds like a simple task was both complicated and time consuming, each map is to scale and very detailed. Without those maps each churchyard would have taken much longer to transcribe and would not have been as accurate.

Karl continued even when he must have been feeling unwell due to the chemotherapy.

We will miss his cheerfulness and ready smile and willingness to help others especially with Family History queries.

Sheila Piper

Meetings Cancelled due to Covid 19

Posted by H C Richardson on Sat, 15th Aug 2020

Sudbury Group committee have decided in the interests of safety that we will cancel all meetings for the rest of this year.

We hope that our members and regular visitors will understand and we look forward to holding our talks again next year when, hopefully, things will be back to normal.

If you are working on your family tree and need help we will be happy to continue to offer advice.

Stay safe

2020 AGM

Posted by K Pulford on Sat, 23rd May 2020

Due to the virus we are unable, of course, to hold our AGM in May this year but Sheila, our Chair has submitted her report. Click here to download a copy.

The sad loss of David Daldry

Posted by H C Richardson on Sat, 25th Apr 2020

I am sure you will all be saddened to hear about the death from cancer of David Daldry on 22nd April.

25 years ago the inaugural meeting was held to form the Sudbury branch of the SFHS. Dave and Penny attended that meeting, joined the committee and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dave continued to serve on the committee until a few years ago. He was always one of the first to volunteer for any jobs that needed doing and could always be relied on for his support. He was generous with his family history expertise, running a help group at Sudbury Library for some time.

We will miss his wonderful sense of humour, you always knew when Dave was in the room by the laughter that could be heard. He was larger than life and we will miss him greatly.

Sheila Piper

Christmas Tree Festival in St Peters Church, Sudbu

Posted by H C Richardson on Sun, 5th Jan 2020

Sudbury Group committee members again prepared and dressed a tree for the Christmas Tree Festival held in St Peter's Church Sudbury. 

This year the subject was 'We Were on the High Street - Your Ancestors' Occupations' 

The tree was topped with a mulberry tree decorated with silk worms as a nod to the silk weaving industry that was celebrated in Sudbury this year. 

Each gingerbread man shape held the name of an occupation and a list with their description was at the base of the tree. 

Examples of this:

Skepper - Basket maker

Woollen billy piecer - Child tyer of broken yarn in spinning

Webster - Weaver (usually female)

Tingle-airy man - Barrel organ grinder


Research Day at Sudbury Library

Posted by H C Richardson on Thu, 24th Oct 2019

Sudbury Group are holding a Free Research Day at Sudbury Library on Sunday 3rd November, 11.00 - 3.00.

We offer friendly advice if you have already started work on your Family Tree or are stuck and need some suggestions.

Bring along  information you already have.

Monumental Inscriptions

Posted by H C Richardson on Sat, 4th May 2019

We will be working at Groton again this year. We would love anyone to come and join us in this enjoyable hobby.

No experience or equipment is necessary as we supply everything and assistance is always at hand.

Please contact Helen Richardson 01787 376287 for more information.

2019 Quiz Night

Posted by H C Richardson on Sat, 4th May 2019

We held our 8th annual Quiz Night and were pleased to hand over the wine to the winning team (Lillies of the Valley) from Haverhill. The team that came last are enjoying the Kit-Kats .....every cloud has a silver lining!

Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival

Posted by Helen Richardson on Sun, 30th Dec 2018

Sudbury Group entered another tree in this year's festival. The theme - A New Generation, Birth and Baptism.

 Led by Penny most of the committee were able to help and the tree was topped by 'Marg' a wonderful stork made by Sue and named by her husband.

Christmas Tree Festival

Posted by Helen Richardson on Fri, 27th Apr 2018

St Peter's Church in Sudbury holds a Christmas Tree Festival every year and we entered this year with our themed tree 'Weddings at Christmas'.


28/01/2020Railway Rambles
Robyn Lloyd Hughes
25/02/2020The Suffolk Medieval Cloth Industry
Dr Nick Amor
31/03/2020Maria Martin and the Red Barn - NOW POSTPONED
Bryan Thurlow
General Quiz - all welcome £2.00 for members / £2.50 for non-members Refreshments available Teams up to 6
26/05/2020The Cobbolt Family History - NOW POSTPONED
Anthony Cobbolt
05/06/2020The Green Man - NOW POSTPONED
Denise Jenner
25/08/2020NO MEETING
29/09/2020A Portrait of Victorian Colchester - Cancelled
Patrick Denney
27/10/2020The Trinity Lighthouse Story - Cancelled
Cpt. Karl Lumbers
24/11/2020Where Are The Grown Ups - Cancelled
Ruth Bradley
29/12/2020NO MEETING


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Group Projects

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