Walsham Village History Group began in the early 1980s when Dr. Stanley West, then County Archaeologist and living in Walsham, located the sites of several medieval houses around Cranmer Green. Wishing to find other sites he gathered a small group of local enthusiasts and, over the next few years, field-walked all the available land in the parish teaching them how to spot, identify and record their finds of pottery sherds and worked flints. It soon became apparent that many of the medieval sites were those referred to in a 1577 survey of Walsham and conjectural maps were drawn of the reconstructed medieval landscape. Work began on transcribing the original documents held at Suffolk Record Office including manorial court rolls, account rolls, rentals and charters together with parish registers and wills gradually building up a history of the village previously unknown. Some of this work has been published, some has been printed and is available locally. In 1997 the first Quarterly Review consisting of original research was printed. In 2001 it was decided to formalise the history group with a committee, constitution and a programme of talks and visits relating to the history of Suffolk in general and that of Walsham in particular. The group has started to record oral history and there is a programme of lectures, visits and walks for our membership. The group has gone from strength to strength and now has over seventy members.
1. 'WHO LIVED IN YOUR HOUSE?' A well written and researched book containing information on Walsham houses and their residents going back in some cases to the 14th century. £10.00
2. 'A STORY OF WALSHAM FOLK' An account of the hard times endured by the people of Walsham between the years 1800 and 1850. There is reference to those living here and includes maps from 1817 and 1842. £3.50
3. 'VICTORIAN WALSHAM' A reflection of life during the period 1850 to 1900 through the local newspapers of that time. £3.50
4. 'IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET....' About the men who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914 - 1918. £5.00
5. 'WARTIME WALSHAM' Village life and loss in the Second World War. £5.00
6. 'PHOTOGRAPHS OF A SUFFOLK VILLAGE' Walsham le Willows and its people at the time of the last millennium. £6.00
7. 'GRAVES IN WALSHAM LE WILLOWS' A comprehensive, indexed guide to finding graves in the village. Includes burials in the Church, the Churchyard, the Cemetery, the old Baptist Chapel and the Congregational Chapel. £3.00
8. '60 YEARS OF OBITUARIES AND EPITAPHS' Contains many obituaries of those buried in the village Cemetery between the years 1890 and 1950. £3.00
9. 'WALSHAM REVIEWS' For some 17 years the History Group has produced a Quarterly Review containing many interesting snippets of Walsham life through the ages. It is free to members of the group and the first 39 issues are free on line. Paper copies, 30p.
10. 'OTHER PUBLICATIONS' A short History £2.00; Trail £2.00; Walks in Walsham £2.00; Brewing £1.00; Constables Bills 1708-1821, £2.50; Walsham Manor Accounts 1402/3 &1406/7, £3.00; The Field Book 1577 pub. The Suffolk Record Soc. £5.00; Towards a Landscape History of Walsham le Willows pub. Suffolk C.C. £15.00;
Church Wardens accounts and Town Wardens accounts.
Parish Registers 1539-1900.
Probate Wills 1396-1798.
Probate Inventories 1576-1830
1373-1374 High Hall accounts
1581 Survey (terratorium) of Walsham Manor & Church House Manor
1695 Survey Walsham Manor & Church House Manor
Each one is £10.00 All purchases are subject to postage and packing.
For order enquiries please ring 01359 258535 and for other contacts: 01359 259689 & 01359 259411
Monday 1st January 2007 at 10.30 am.
This New Year guided walk is just an example of one of these popular walks and this one took place with 13 adults and 4 children who enjoyed a stimulating after New Year’s walk which went up Wattisfield road and then beyond Squirrel’s Hall ending up with soup and rolls at the Six Bells. Included in the 13 adults were 2 visitors who were accompanied by their dog. Luckily the weather was very kind although there were parts of the walk where it was rather muddy!
These walks take place on New Years day, Easter Monday and various other Bank Holidays throughout each year, for up to date details please refer to the Diary of Events.