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Memorial for the late Rodney Vincent

It was not very nice weather-wise on the recreation field in Saxon Street, however, everyone there was pleased to have gathered together to celebrate Rod's memory and to see each other again. The small gathering was composed of family, a few friends and two representatives of the Parish Council. Rod's widow, Audrey, had especially braved the weather to be there and remember her dear husband and companion of over 60 years.
Daughter Jo spoke on behalf of the family.The memorial birch tree, a favourite of Rod's and Audrey's, had been sited with the help of long-time friend, John Theobald. John spoke about Rod and his accomplishments. Sandra said a few words of appreciation about Rod's work for NLHS.
Rod had given NLHS a new window to the world with his website. He received and answered many local history queries from all over the world, and was always keen to draw in other NLHS members to help. Rod was good at linking up contacts. He had an enquiring, intelligent mind and was always researching new topics. He certainly expanded our knowledge of local history and considerably raised the Society's public profile. He was the Newmarket Town Recorder for some time. His many pictures of Newmarket and elsewhere are a wonderful record of lives, times. nature and local scenes.

Jewish refugees in WW2

If you are an ancient native of the town can you remember Jewish refugees at Palace House
What we have at present is "Leopold de Rothschild died in 1917, and the Palace House estate passed into the hands of his son, Anthony de Rothschild (1887-1961). In 1934, the trainer Jack (later Sir Jack) Jarvis, leased Palace House from the Rothschilds, using the Stables as his second yard (his first yard was Park Lodge).
During the Second World War, Anthony personally committed significant resources to assist Jewish refugees from Europe. Refugees were housed in Palace House during the war. In 1947, C H 'Harry' Jellis used the Palace House Stables to train privately for the Hon. Dorothy Paget, while also acting as assistant trainer to Jack Jarvis. The Yard reverted to Jack Jarvis in 1954".

It would be nice if we could find some local people who had family memories or contact with the refugees or who knew where they went afterwards. Please contact chair@newmarketlhs.org.uk

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


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.

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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