NEWMARKET LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
The FEBUARY MEETING
We have a request from All Saints Church concerning Ellen Hammond, wife of Charles Hammond, one time director of Hammonds Bank, now Barclays. It appears the church wish to learn more about Ellen as she is commemorated on the Rood Screen in the church and they would like if possible,to contact her family. It is all part of the Cornerstone project, which is intended to make the church more accessible and part of the facilities of the town. Please contact Sandra or Tony if you have any clues as to how we might contact the Hammond family. It may be that one part of the family moved to Stowmarket and another to Norwich.
We just greatly enjoyed Zooming in for the Suffolk Local History Council AGM, and talk. Dates for forthcoming events in the SLHC calendar were mentioned by the Chairman Dr Margaret Thomas:
5th March 2021 - Societies Day, (my husband and I have enjoyed this day in the past, as it has good talks, and gives a chance to meet members of other local history societies)
15th October 2021 - Peter Northeast Conference, (again we have enjoyed this event with its good range of talks)
17th September 2021 -"Focus On" Day: Stoke-By-Nayland,
and 19th November 2021 - AGM.
It was also mentioned that trips to view the ancient architecture of Bury St Edmunds, and to The Hold in Ipswich to view the collection of Suffolk archives would soon be resumed (COVID willing). (We had planned to go on both of these, when sadly COVID lockdowns crept in!)
The business when then followed by an extremely interesting talk from Val Dudley. Val had studied the Suffolk Coroners' records from the medieval period. These were records written in Latin (with occasional medieval English words creeping in, basically because the clerk couldn't think of the correct Latin word!). It consisted of 5 records because of the way Suffolk was divided at the time for tax collection (3 main areas, plus additional 'liberties'). Val had learned to translate the Latin (and promoted this area of learning, which can be undertaken in a course of 20 sessions), and had focused on all the personal stories surrounding the deaths recorded, e.g., drowning in ditches and village ponds, deaths from fires caused by chickens scattering "strewings" into hearths, knife and sword injuries obtained in brawls, scythe incidents, and falls from horses and carts.
I would recommend attending these events, even though it is not Newmarket local history.
NLHS, and SLHC member
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.
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.
If you know of someone whose talk would suit us, please let Sandra know.
COMMITTEE for 2021-2022
Newmarket Local History Society - Committee Members (from 21st September 2021)
Chair - Sandra Easom firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chair - vacant
Secretary - Abigael Brand email@example.com
Data Protection Officer - t.b.a.
Treasurer - Christy Argyroudi firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Members - Joan Shaw, David Staff, Kathy Staff and David Rippington.
Other supporters (non-committee members): Researcher & Webmaster - Tony Pringle.
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