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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 18th May 2022


Peter Norman is very happy, he has just been given the above photograph of Cheapside clothiers and outfitters in Wellington Street. He had sought such a photo for years, since that was where his wife worked when they first met. This we reckon was a late 1940's photo. The premises are now Powters Butchers. Founded in 1855 by Samuel Golding and retained by him in 1863 after he started the more fashionable outfitters in the present day premises on the High Street. When Golding's did relinquish Cheapside, Ernie and Jenny Wootton (the blacksmith family) ran a hardware shop there until the re-developement of the Rookery. That is next on "the must have a photo of" list. It is so annoying when photos of places many of us remember seem to have disappeared. Ill-advised members of families do tend to throw away their parents and grand parents photo's without a thought.

How many folk are still with us that can remember the war days? On line are some very interesting movie clips. These were taken by Army camera men of tanks and Bren gun carriers being loaded at Newmarket's Old Station, ready for the D-Day invasion. There are even shots of General Eisenhower checking it all out.

Click here to go to the IWM website, where there are several wartime movie clips for you to explore. In the search box just enter Newmarket, it is amazing what you can find.

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Don't forget to check out the mystery picture

There are a few copies available of the "The Bombing of Newmarket"
and "A Tanner will do" Rodney Vincent's book of Woodditton in the 1930/1940s.
Available by contacting either chair@newmarketlhs.org.uk or treasurer@newmarketlhs.org.uk
cost ...£12 each
Postage and packing £3

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 Wooton's Hardware shop 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.

MAY MEETING ..click here

Early warning...June 19th, a visit to Lidgate Church and talk about Lidgate Castle.

COMMITTEE for 2021-2022

Newmarket Local History Society - Committee Members (from 21st September 2021)
Chair - Sandra Easom chair@newmarketlhs.org.uk
Vice-Chair - vacant
Secretary - Abigael Brand secretary@newmarketlhs.org.uk
Data Protection Officer - t.b.a.
Treasurer - Christy Argyroudi treasurer@newmarketlhs.org.uk

Committee Members - Joan Shaw, David Staff, Kathy Staff and David Rippington.

Other supporters (non-committee members): Researcher & Webmaster - Tony Pringle.


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