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INTRODUCTION Gainsborough's statue

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.

Sudbury meadows 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.


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

where 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.

Revealing MI's at St Gregory Sudbury 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 raffle, book stall and 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.



Date Title Speaker
24 Feb Quiz Night All welcome
31 Mar Music Hall Memories
(A pocket history of British Music Hall)
Bryan Thurlow
28 Apr Antiques Roadshow NO Valuations
(Members own old and interesting items)
Barrie Stevenson
26 May The History of Sue Ryder + Group AGM Phyllis Felton


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