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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 11th September 2021...AGM on 21st September 2021


Tuesday 21st SEPTEMBER 2021 at 7:30 pm

Our first meeting will be presentation of photographs over the years of the Jockey Club
by Peter Norman, from his huge collection of Newmarket photos over the years

This will be preceded by a hopefully short (since we have been unable to meet for so long)
Annual General Meeting

Do not use a link to www.newmarketpubs.co.uk website any more
in this website...use this link or SITEMAP to get there

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Don't forget to check out the mystery picture

Left to right...... early 1930s......19 Feb 1941 (when it was Harry Gilbert's).......2020

Those who remember it as Harry Gilbert's Ironmongers are getting thin on the ground The bombing photograph still shows Simpson's but that was because the bomb clean blew off Harry Gilbert's sign

Kick started by a Locality grant from Councillor Appleby, Joanne, Louise, Tony and John Granger spent many hours transcribing and photographing the inscriptions on all the gravestones at Newmarket Cemetery, and Tony also transcribed all 14,000 entries in the cemetery burial register (1853 to 2017). Allowing for more than 700 entries where the details of the grave were not entered, it does mean we have the possibility of locating any grave, marked or not. COVID and Tony's hospitalisation put a stop to double checking the work and sorting out the vast number of photos. Now the weather is on the turn and the lock down easing, this is next on the agenda. Copies of the final spreadsheet will eventually be given to the Town Council and the cemetery management team in Bury St Edmunds.

    2021 Meetings and Visits

As we do not have meetings at The Stable during the summer months, and August is always free, the usual round of meeting will start on 21st September with an AGM which will be kept as brief as possible, prior to a presentation by Peter Norman. As stated above, not all members use computers so we need to try other avenues to let them know of the plans, which is where YOU come in. Should you see any other members in your travels, please keep them updated

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.

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 with no source given. 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

It is YOUR Society, so let us have YOUR ideas of what subjects or speakers you would like us to try and book.
If you know of someone whose talk would suit us, please let Sandra know.



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.


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