About

We put on about ten local history talks or other events each year on a deliberately wide variety of historical subjects we believe will be of interest to members and non members alike. All talks are held in our lovely Edwardian reading room – The Parish Room – in Church Road Little Waldingfield on Wednesday evenings, commencing 7.30 pm.

As a thank you to members, the January event with refreshments is free but for members only. Additionally, we try and host one concert each year as a combined social and fund raising effort specifically aimed at the whole village.

Reviews of all our previous presentations and concerts are posted after the event and may be viewed on the Little Waldingfield village website, along with our current programme of events – please click following link: http://littlewaldingfie.waldorf.onesuffolk.net/organisations/local-history/

Current prices for our regular talks are £2.00 for members and £4.00 for non-members, which gets you:

  • Entry to a great talk, typically of an hours duration;
  • Tea or coffee plus biscuits after;
  • Access to borrow historical publications; and
  • Access to what has become a great social gathering bringing friends, neighbours and colleagues together.

You won’t know what you’ve missed until you come along!

Regular readers of this blog will know that we were awarded an HLF “All Our Stories” grant to research the history of Little Waldingfield and to conduct oral interviews. This project has now successfully concluded and an updated history of the village, complete with interviewee recollections, was published just before Christmas 2014 with all sale proceeds going towards the St Lawrence Church maintenance / restoration fund. Reviews of the book were extremely positive and copies are still available at £18.00 – good value for a 352 page full colour publication with more than 450 lovely and carefully selected images throughout.

Books may be purchased direct from the Booking Secretary (contact details elsewhere on this page) or the Secretary (call 01787 247980, make contact via the blog or visit the School House in Church Road).

To access individual blogs, please either select a month, which will bring up everything written during that month, or if you like the look of a tag listed under the page menu, select one to bring up all blogs with that tag.

We hope you enjoy our blogs and go on to follow us in the future, and thank you for reading this.

10 Responses to “About”

  1. Kim Mitchell Says:

    When did the Appleton family first come to Little Waldingfield?

    • The line relating to Appletons of Little Waldingfield can apparently be traced back to Sir Geoffrey de Appleton, a Baron of the Magna Carta, in 1215 AD. John Apulton, who lived 200 years after Sir Geoffrey and died in 1416, was registered as living in Waldingfield Magna in 1396.

      Hope this helps

  2. Can you tell me how much it is to join please?

  3. James Beighton Says:

    Hello, sorry if this is a daft question, but are you also interested in the history of Great Waldingfield? I found a lovely drawing today on a table top sale in North Yorkshire made by a woman called Nan West from Great Waldingfield in 1931. It depicts her as a milkmaid, together with two other farm hands called Mike and Jim and the farmer and his wife Mr & Mrs Brooks. It is inscribed “With every good wish to Letty from Nan West, Christmas ’31”. It would be lovely to try to trace some of the names mentioned here who perhaps still have relatives living in your area.

    • Hi James,

      Not a daft question at all, though sadly from your viewpoint we are just covering Little Waldingfield; that said, I agree it would be lovely to trace some of the names mentioned. Without making any promises, please feel free to pass on the names to us because it is just possible that some will be familiar from our own recently updated history of Little Waldingfield.

      I am delighted you are now following our blog, and perhaps we’ll see you at one (or more) of our new programme of events which commence next month – as below.

      Regards …. Andy

      21st September
      Roger Green Rev: Henry Watts Wilkinson – A Victorian Clerical Melodrama
      Rev Wilkinson was Sudbury clergyman from 1807 to 1851. Roger tells the curious tale of Henry’s eldest daughter, deemed unable to conduct her own life but left a considerable sum of money. Despite 4 guardians, a poor cousin kidnapped and bore her off to marry her. Come along to hear the entire historical melodrama.

      12th October Ian McLaclan Overpaid, Oversexed and Overhere
      A history of the USAAF in East Anglia during the war, by an expert Eighth Air
      Force historian who has also taken part in a number of “Time Team” episodes.

      9th November Geoffrey Kay The Great Exhibition of 1851
      The first international exhibition of manufactured products, organised by Henry Cole and Prince Albert and held in the purpose built Crystal Palace in Hyde Park.

      7th December Michael Rimmer The Angel Roofs of East Anglia
      Michael will reveal the history and development of this fascinating subject. Outstanding photographs will reveal the visual quality of these works of art.

      18th January David Empsom What did your grandfather do in the great war? MEMBER ONLY EVENT
      A talk on medals & military research through the ages – bring family medals along.

      15th February David Burnett Chilton: A journey through time.
      Beginning in the late Bronze Age, incorporating discovery of Saxon treasure and riotous church behaviour, with memories of Chiltonians past and present.

      15th March Geoffrey Robinson Henry Adams Cupper
      A Suffolk Pioneer, a transatlantic journey into the unknown.

      19th April Ashley Cooper Connections between Suffolk and India
      Ashley is a brilliant speaker and this talk will be full of surprises.

      17th May Mark Bills The Life and Art of Thomas Gainsborough
      Mark is a director of Gainsborough’s House, so who better to speak to us.

      14th June Joy Bounds The life and times of Joan of Arc
      Local writer who focuses on women’s issues and history who has published widely. This talk is based on “Far From Home” – her novel about Joan of Arc.

      • James Beighton Says:

        Thanks Andy. The drawing is a series of small portraits, very much folk art style, with the motto “God Speed the Plough”. It was drawn by Nan West in 1931 and dedicated to someone called Lettie. It appears to show life on a farm and in very faint ink names some of the others depicted. From the style of dress depicted it may well be the case that the drawing is actually a memory back to life on the farm in an earlier time. Two farm hands are called Mike and Jim and the milkmaid has the word “me” written above it. The only other clue is that the farmer and his wife are identified as Mr & Mrs Brooks. Great Waldingfield is written at the bottom. I’ve looked in some census records and there was a Brooks family with some connection to Great Waldingfield, in the 1890s living in Acton. So this may be they. I can’t attach an image of the drawing to this post, but would be happy to share if anyone is interested. Best wishes and many thanks for your help so far. James

      • Alexandra Garcia-Mata Says:

        I am interested in your comment about the first record of an Appleton in Little Waldingfield. I and some of my children, direct descendants all of Samuel Appleton, son of Isaac, who came to Ipswich Massachusetts in 1636, are planning a visit in September, 2017, and would like to know more about the history of our ancestors and of the village. My grand father drew up extensive genealogies, but whom should we contact and how? Are either Bramston Hall or Holbrook Hall still standing?
        – Alexandra Appleton Garcia-Mata

      • Hi Alexandra,

        Many thanks for your comment. Sadly we are not experts of the history of the Appletons, of whom there are many, but I have contacted two Appleton descendents I know, one of whom is American and visited us last year, the other who is French and visiting us with a tour party in July this year. Should either have information, or wish to make direct contact, I will share this with you.

        A new Holbrook Hall dating from around 1884 still stands, now used as a residential care home; it was not built on the foundations of the original hall, which was about 100 yards away, but further away from the small brook to reduce the damp. We have a chapter on the two Holbrook halls in our updated history of the village – see link below:
        http://littlewaldingfie.waldorf.onesuffolk.net/organisations/lw-history-society-books/

        I have been unable to trace a Bramston Hall; if you are able to provide anything further, particularly a location, this will help. The best I have come up with so far are a number of sports related halls in the Witham / Braintree area of Essex, but none are called Bramston Hall nor make any historical reference thereto.

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