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.
Tony has moved the newmarketpubs website into this site. No extra cost to the Society, a saving for Tony. The newmarketpubs website will be allowed to lapse and will no longer be updated. All updates will now be here on this website. . It covers every pub, club and hotel that has been discovered in the town since medieval times, many which few of you will ever heard of, many closed since WW1 and several that should bring back memories for some of the members..

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

February 18th 2020....The last meeting before the COVID19 lock down was a talk by Andy Peachey "From Pre-history to the Saxons", about the excavations in the Deben Valley in East Suffolk where works were being undertaken to link off shore wind turbines with distribution sites in the area

January 21st 2020.....Peter Green, of the National Trust, East of England spoke of "Lifeon the Edge, the story of the Butcher family of 5 Lode Lane, Wicken.

December 2019 ....The usual members Christmas gathering, buffet and quizes by Peter Norman and Chris Easom.

November 2019......Talk by Dr.Paul Saban on the History of the Medical Practices in Newmarket, as covered by his website www.talkingdust.net

October 2019........Talk by member Brian Parsley on the 2019 archaeological dig at Scotsdales Nursery, Fordham

September 2019......Mike Petty gave a talk on the life of James Reynolds Withers, the Fordham poet.

August 2019........The Society's summer hibernation

July 2019........Visit to the Bottisham Air Museum. Although not quite completed the museum presented a fascinating display of artifacts in the few original building left of R.A.F. Bottisham in WW2. Another visit to see the completed works was planned for summer 2020 but is not now known when this might be possible

Recent addition
After many years of research by Tony Pringle, Peter Norman, Joan Shaw and other members, Tony has at long last put together a section on this website detailing the history of the pubs, clubs and hotels of Newmarket, many of which no longer exist, many indeed that readers here may never even have heard of. As ever you are invited to offer any exra information on this subject,especially photographs.