Wickhambrook Local History Society

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Wickhambrook Local History Society Reports

BAD NEIGHBOUR TO BREWER

It was good to see so many members at the September meeting.

Gillian had a lot of information for future events including an invitation from the Mayor of St. Edmundsbury, Robert Everitt, [a former Wickhambrook resident], to visit the Mayor's Parlour, outings to the Ipswich transport Museum and also for a tour of Roman Colchester. She suggested using the Community bus for these last two visits for those not wanting to drive.

Menus were distributed for the Christmas Dinner which would now be on Thursday, 11th December, not as printed in the current programme.

She asked for any information on local men killed in World War 1 ready for the January meeting.

Bad Neighbour to Brewer was the subject of the talk by Wendy Barnes from Little Bradley.

This was a fascinating insight on how to research the history of an area of land in Little Bradley from the earliest mention in the Domesday Book of 1085. The entry for Little Bradley had 3 landowners but a "malus vicinus" had seized a caracute of land from a fourth by name of Bondi. This " Malus vicinus", meaning bad neighbour in Latin, later changed to "mal voisin" [ French for bad neighbour] in documents was Richard, son of Count Gilbert.

Wendy followed the trail of this name which by usage had become the family name, through its various spellings of Mavesyn, Mauveisin, Malversin and many others in relation to Little Bradley by using wills, land deeds and archive records. She was helped in this by the fact that it was an unusual name. By the 18th Century the land according to Copinger's History of Suffolk was known as Great and Little Mavisons and by the 19th Century, brewing was taking place on the land and the fields were then known as Maltings, Masons and Mavsin.

Hence the title of Wendy's talk, a very impressive piece of historical research.

Next meeting is Tuesday, 21st October at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall. Edward Martin makes a return visit, his subject being History and Archaeology - Different or Complementary to the Past.

All are welcome at the meetings and information will be found on posters around the village , the website and by calling our secretary (01440 820052).

Dorothy Anderson

Events and News

Tuesday 16th May
On Tuesday 16th May at 7.30pm in the WI Hall, Tony Kirby will talk on Churches and Chapels since the Reformation. All welcome. Look out for posters or check the village website.


 

Baileys of Wickhambrook

This poem was given to Dorothy by one of our members and is to be included in a book later this year
Poem | Baileys of Wickhambrook

Wickhambrook Parish Records

The Wickhambrook Parish Records are currently being digitised and updated.  If you have any information you may be able to add or help fill in some of the gaps, please contact Paul Saunders.

View the Parish Records document here

Photos and Press Cuttings

We have had some fascinating photos and press cuttings sent to us which you can see by having a look at the pdf group images in the gallery

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Dorothy Anderson is awarded a Diamond Champion - read more here

Short Straw by Jennifer Bell

At the launch party at The Cherry Tree on 20th September, Jenny Bell told us how she had found diaries and notes written by her father-in- law Frances Bell and realised that this would make a wonderful book. It has taken her several years to produce but the finished volume makes fascinating reading for the people of Wickhambrook and Stradishall. Frances was the younger brother of Adrian Bell, the well-known writer of Corduroy, Silverley and The Cherry Tree among others. His books were very popular in the thirties and forties for their depiction of farming life in East Anglia. Frances went off to Argentina when a young man and learned much about land use and farming there before returning to this area where he worked for the charismatic fruit grower Justin Brooke, a major employer in the area. He ended up running the fruit growing side of the business, marrying and bringing up a family here, before differences between him and his employer caused him to leave and try his ideas elsewhere in the region. The book is much more than just a farming memoir. Frances was a real character, very popular with the men who worked for him,and enjoyed a glass of beer and played the accordion. It was lovely to see so many former employees of the Brooke empire at Clopton Hall chatting and reminiscing with members of the Bell family. Martin Bell ,the journalist, who is a cousin of the author's husband, has written an introduction to the book and he spoke at the book launch too. The Cherry Tree pub, former home of the Bells, laid on a lovely teatime spread. The book is available in local bookshops or from Larks Press, Ordnance Farmhouse,Guist Bottom, Dereham NR20 5PF for £10 and is an excellent read.

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Our Committee

For information about the Society or events please contact either the Secretary or Events Secretary.

The main committee is as follows:


Chairman Dorothy Anderson
01440 820376
Secretary &
Events Secretary
Gillian Cooper
01440 820052
Treasurer Pam Miller
01440 820696

Members Information

Membership costs £8 per year payable in April  plus 50p for each meeting.

Guests are always very welcome - £2 per occasion.

Meetings held at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall.

Library - The library is now all set up at the Primary School. Please let us know your views on this. (Little Bradley trip - we have bought Wendy Barnes' book for the library).

Adobe pdf document Discover the Paintings you Own - The Hidden Heritage of Suffolk Revealed by the Public Catalogue Foundation

and now for some interesting Historical Facts from the 1500's ...

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Useful links and information

 

link Suffolk Observatory

link Suffolk Family History Society

link Suffolk Local History Council

link Suffolk Surnames - Information, help and advice for anyone researching their Suffolk Roots

link I have had a letter from the East Anglian Film Archive with details of DVDs which may be of interest to you. You can look online at archivefilmshop.co.uk and type HISTSOC into the discount box. Their Phone no. is 01603 251744. Please tell them which Hist Soc you belong to when you call (Dorothy)

link Many will know that The National Archives gives regular talks on various aspects of family history at the PRO in Kew. Less well known is that they're now available to replay online. Very easy to listen to, providing you've got broadband.

link The Family and Community Historical Research Society

link The Archive CD Books Project

link Doctors who practised in Wickhambrook up until 1900 - Suffolk Medical Biographies website - type in 'Wickhambrook' in the 'place of practice' box and then 'search'.