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The Walsham-le-Willows History Group has published several books relating to Walsham village life throughout the ages.  They have proved to be of help to those tracing ancestors and to those with an interest in in the history of Walsham.

book cover showing 1842 walsham-le-willows parish map


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 (45 pages.)

James Turner
Walsham-le-Willows History Group 2009


book cover, black and white, image of the street from the crossroads in walsham-le-willows c1900


A reflection of life during the period 1850 to 1900 through the local newspapers of that time (57 pages).

James Turner
Walsham-le-Willows History Group 2009


book cover showing image of the men of walsham-le-willows


About the men who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914 – 1918 (81 pages).

James Turner
Drawings by David Butcher
Walsham-le-Willows Village History Group 2009


book cover, sepia image of the walsham-le-willows home guard


Village life and loss in the Second World War(60 pages).

© 2006 James Turner
Produced in association with Walsham-le-Willows History Group

ISBN-10: 0955126711
ISBN-13: 978-0955126710


book cover showing collage


Walsham le Willows and its people at the time of the last millennium.

Photographs taken by James Turner, Audrey McLaughlin, Dawn Warby, Karen Rolf, Mick Mansfield, Jenny Blackburn, Hubby Frost, Alison Bandenburg, Lynda Clarke, Sharon Frost and other members of the village community.  James Turner


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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  (54 pages).

Produced by The Walsham History Group 2013 and revised in 2016.


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Contains many obituaries of those buried in the village Cemetery between the years 1890 and 1950 (60 pages).

Written by James Turner
© 2012 Walsham History Group


See also the Walsham Reviews – Since 1997 the Walsham History Group has produced a Review (originally quarterly) containing many interesting snippets of Walsham life through the ages.

Other Publications

cover drawing showing the martineu cottages

A short History of Walsham-le-Willows

Written by Audrey McLaughlin & Brian Turner. Illustrated by Brian Turner (19 pages).

Walsham History Group 2004


cover drawing of Martineau Cottages illustrated by N Barber

A Trail around historic Walsham le Willows

Written by Audrey McLaughlin
Illustrations by Brian Turner and David Butcher (37 pages).

Published by Walsham Village History Group


line drawing of leafy walsham-le-willows lane

Walks to Remember in Walsham

Five fascinating walks in and around Walsham-le-Willows (33 pages).

Written by Walsham Village Museum Group © 1993
Illustrations Melanie Clitheroe © 1993


line drawing cover illustration of the maltings in wattisfield road

Malting, Brewing, Ale and Beer in Walsham-le-Willows

Written by Audrey McLaughlin
Illustrated by Brian Turner (18 pages).

Walsham Village History Group 2004


cover image is a line drawing of constable with his stave from william hogarth's 'southwark fair' 1733

Bills and Receipts of the Parish Constables of Walsham-le-Willows 1708 – 1821

These bills were written by people with little or no education therefore the spelling and grammar are inconsistent.  A fascinating window on the history of Walsham-le-Willows (looseleaf bound, 43 pages).

Transcribed by the Research Group of Walsham Village History Group 2004


Walsham-le-Willows Manor Accounts

Walsham Manor Accounts 1402/3 & 1406/7

Translation and comprehension of these documents was undertaken, largely, as a result of a Latin palaeography and local history research class, run by the University of East Anglia at Ipswich Record Office in 2000 and 2001, tutored by Dr. John Ridgard (looseleaf bound, 56 pages).


cover line drawing of St Mary's church entrance

Some 15th Century Benefactors of St. Mary’s Church, Walsham-le-Willows

Researched and written by Audrey McLaughlin Illustrations by students of Thurston Upper School (16 pages).

Walsham Village Museum May 1994 (reprinted July 2010)


plain ochre cover with black typeface, no illustration

The Field Book of Walsham-le-Willows 1577

In the Elizabethan and Stuart periods, a considerable number of detailed, written surveys were made of Suffolk manors.  In this volume Mr K M Dodd has fully transcribed an excellent example of the type, for the two manors of Walsham-le-Willows as they existed in 1577 (168 pages).

Edited by Kenneth Melton Dodd

Published 1974 by The Suffolk Record Society


cover image looking up the causeway to st. mary's church tower on the right and the crossroads

Towards a Landscape History of Walsham-le-Willows – EAA 85

by S E West and Audrey McLaughlin (112 pages).

Published by Suffolk County Council 1998


cover image c1900 looking down the street (dirt road) from the crossroads with the six bells public house on the left

Bygone Walsham Le Willows – A collection of Photographs

Edited by John Champion (80 pages).


cover black and white image of photographer fred ellis holding his 1940 tick-a watch camera and surrounded by three of his other conventional cameras

Captured in Black and White

The life and times of Fred Ellis, Photographer and Bus Driver, 1900 -1996

Edited by James Turner
Published by Walsham-le-Willows History Group

£4 (to village charity)