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SUDBURY GROUP

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.

CONTACT

Dave or Penny
(01787) 370598
or by Email

OUR GROUP

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.

PROGRAMME

2014

Date Title Speaker
May 27 Suffolk Pub Signs (How they reflect the local history) + Group AGM John Goodhand
June 24 A Suffolk Village in Wartime Sheila M Wright
July 29 Grandad Played the Cornet (A History of Brass Bands) David Cawdell
Aug 26 Walk or Tour TBA
Sept 30 Turnpike Roads and Toll Houses Patrick Taylor
Oct 28 The Humphries Family
(The History of the Humphries Weaving Company)
Richard Humphries
Nov 25 Who Lived in your House (Using documentary evidence to find out who lived in your house) Pam Walker
December No meeting

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