In this section you will find a history of Walsham le Willows from c4000bc up until the 1900’s, this is split into 9 sections each covering a specific period, as you will see by the nine individual headings.
This section repeats the review that is published by the Walsham History Group which is distributed to all members and is also available from Rolfes, our local Butchers shop. The reviews often focus on a particular subject such as ‘Public Houses past and present’, or on one particular local family but whatever the subject they are all a very interesting read.
This section details the various ‘local’ wills that will be of particular interest to those of you are seriously interested in family genealogy as well as those who have perhaps more of a passing interest!
This tells us about the type of soil and talks about the first signs of human occupation with photographs of axeheads etc.
Here we have signs of Romano-British activity and we also have reference to Domesday.
We now meet ‘people’ for the first time and after the Norman Conquest we see the emergence of three local manors.
This period includes reference to The Black Death and more manorial details.
This period includes the dissolution of Ixworth Priory and also tells us about the “Game Place.”
Here we hear about Ralph Margery, a Captain in Cromwells New Army and we also learn about the period of “ostentation.”
This gives information from the Town Wardens accounts and we learn about “Beating the Bounds.”
This period saw a big rise in the local population and the last of the local common land was enclosed.
We now see big changes in the labour pattern and various other changes that are now just within living memory.