16th November 2021......(from Joanne Garner) There was a good attendance for the local history lecture with a difference, that being it was another county’s local history.
Mathew Morris, Project Officer at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services gave a detailed talk about his personal and first-hand experience of
the discovery and identification of King Richard III, discovered buried under a Leicester car park. After setting the historical scene (the King’s body
having been laid to rest by monks in Grey Friars church, after his death in battle on the fields of Bosworth), Mathew illustrated, by the use of overlaid
maps, just how fortunate the team had been in positioning their two initial excavation trenches. Once human remains had been unearthed, Mathew explained
how meticulous and lengthy work, involving osteological examination, battle wound and weapon comparisons, mitochondrial DNA sequencing, diet analysis,
and radiocarbon dating, had been carried out to determine that the remains were that of the King, now reburied in Leicester cathedral.
19th October 2021....Almost like old times, a talk at the The Stable. Needs more attendees though to really get back to normal.
We were treated to a very interesting talk about Anglesey Abbey, mainly since the ownership of Lord Fairhaven's family. The talk was given and illustrated in a very professional way by Helen Ackroyd from the National Trust. With speakers of her quality, the Society cannot go wrong.
July 20th 2021.......At long last gatherings were permitted again and the Society paid a return visit to Bottisham Airfield Museum. One of our visits in 2019 was to the museum, which was then a work in progress. The volunteers there have not been idle in the interval and we enjoyed seeing the result of their labour on Tuesday 20th July. Some members had a conducted tour, others explored at their own pace. Attendance was better than was feared since we had suffered the enforced COVID break .
The Wetherby Crossing.
Local residents are aware of the long established pedestrian crossing of the railway line, connecting the Granby Street area on the north side to the Cricket Field Road/ New Cheveley Road area on the south side. The line also provides a boundary between the counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Sandra Easom has had a query from Town Councillor Peter Hulbert who is looking for evidence (including personal testimony, that the Wetherby crossing was always a public right of way. I know older Newmarket residents must have memories of using the crossing in their younger days.
Sandra has sent sent him a section of the 1896 OS Map which appears to show a dotted footpath coming from there. However, extra evidence to back this up would certainly help matters. If anyone has anything please send it to me or Peter (in that case please copy Sandra in)
Tony Pringle is positive that every single day of any year at least several dozen folk would have used that route from Newton Terrace to town, and hundreds on some days. Living as his family did at the town gate side and his father running his business from the Maltings, they were in a better position than most to judge the use of the crossing. Even the days when there were 7 or 8 lines in constant use during working hours no one was ever hurt there.
On 3rd December 2020 the Newmarket Journal recorded that the Inspector at the first enquiry had ruled that the alternative route suggested by Newtwork Rail "would add reatly to te travel tmeof users and that safety concerns throughthe New Cheveley Road underpass would put people off walking, especially for elderly and disabled residents Jnue 2021 saw the end to this long running and expensive saga, which a victory for the natives, the crossing remains
Newmarket Pubs website.
March 17th 2020.......Was to have been a "Old Photographs of Newmarket" show from the vast collection of member Peter Norman,but was the first hit of the COVID19 cancellations