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We are based in... Newmarket... Suffolk...England, the historic medieval market town associated with horse racing from the time of King James 1st.
Site last updated 19th February 2021... new mystery place

Sadly we lost a regular at our meetings at the end of January,
Sheila Nichol [1938-2021], sister of Louise Mangles, succumbed to her battle with cancer
Sheila enjoyed meeting the other members and particularly Peter's photos of old Newmarket
Our thoughts and sympathy go to Louise and their family

New, in Personalities is Ras Prince MONOLULU, and links whereby you can actually hear him !
plus another new articles on HMS 'Newmarket' and also the King's Theatre

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"In order to minimise the risk of contagion; the theatres closed, fairs interdicted, and race meetings prohibited with a view to preventing the danger of spreading that dreadful epidemic."

History does have a habit of repeating itself, Louise found this, relating to the Black Death in 1665.
Charles 1st did a runner to Salisbury and then to Oxford !

    2021 Meetings and Visits

Sadly, with all the doom and gloom forecasts in the media, it seems that we will have a long wait before publc gatherings indoors will be permitted again.

Very hard with a Society such as ours to see how we can maintain interest. Many of our members do not seem to be on-line so Zoom meetings at present seem inappropriate and I have to admit that I for one have not tried this system myself. Those with web access could try to assist us and see if we can find out how many of the town's streets came to be named. Most are of course names of horse or racing personalities, but some defy identification. Do you know how your street got its name? Some are blindingly obvious but how about "Doris Street" or "Charles Close" ? Charles Close could be either King Charles or Prince Charles, but who was Doris ?
Don't just ask us, have a go at finding out for yourself and then let us know.
A list of these problem streets will be added here soon. Any ideas for other subjects to research would always be welcomed

Planned addition..a section for the history of Newmarket Schools...HELP NEEDED... with several projects.

Now that so many people carry a camera with them at all times (well most seem to have a suitable mobile phone in constant use), can you all please try to make point of photographing your surroundings, not just selfies! Before this lock down it was was hard to keep track of the various businesses that had been replaced along the High Street and other places in town. I fear that may well be accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 on commerce. It seems as if even a half yearly record of the shop fronts is not sufficient, some ventures appeared and disappeared in a matter of weeks. If you see an unfamiliar name over a shop, snap it, and pass it on please.
If you see a shop is about to change hands, or a premises are to be demolished, please record it while you can. If we do not record these changes now, there is no way researchers in the future will be able to fill the gaps. The following will give you a clue as to some gaps we have come across in our own research.

Peter and Tony desperately need photos of Cheapside clothing shop and its successor, Woottons Hardware, in Wellington Street, Percy Hammond's articulated horse box, the Turf Tavern in Granby Street and the Albion Stores aka The Pelican on the corner of Albion Street and Wellington Street.

Rodney Vincent who originated this website back in 2002 died on 7th April 2020. He was 93 years young. When the family find it possible to hold a memorial service, details will be entered here. It does mean that we have no way of responding now to some queries as they are all locked away on Rodney's computer and we do not have the correspondents' email addresses. If you are wondering why there was no reply to your email, please try again now that the emails are re-directed.

While the site was being revamped it was inevitable that some items disappeared. Rest assured they are not lost, they have either been moved or are safe in an archive copy of the site.

Copyright..the images on this site are mostly from the collection of Peter Norman, but hopefully all sources will be credited.
However so many were given to us and to Peter by unrecorded persons or found on numerous websites. Anyone with concerns over their copyright should contact us so that hopefully all can be amicably agreed.

The Society meets every third Tuesday of the month from September to April at 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm) at The Stable, High Street, Newmarket (unless otherwise noted) when we have a visiting speaker. During the summer months (except August when there is no meeting) we usually arrange trips to local places of historic interest. The December meeting is for members only...click here for calendar


Of course, with the COVID-19 lock down regulations, it is pointless to speculate as to when meetings will resume.


Newmarket Local History Society - Committee Members (from 18th April 2019)
Chair - Sandra Easom chair@newmarketlhs.org.uk
Vice-Chair - Wendy Walker
Secretary - Abigael Brand secretary@newmarketlhs.org.uk
Data Protection Officer - t.b.a.
Treasurer - Joan Watkinson
Committee Members - Joan Shaw, David Staff, Kathy Staff and David Rippington.

Other supporters (non-committee members): Archivist - William Smith; Researcher & Webmaster - Tony Pringle.

Naturally, due to the COVID19 restrictions, the 2020 A.G.M. did not take place, watch this site for the eventual date for an A.G.M.in 2021. It maybe that a virtual AGM has to be arranged, but that is hard to envisage with so many members not on line


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If you prefer to write, please post to Newmarket Local History Society, c/o Newmarket Town Council, Memorial Hall, High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8JP

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