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~The Felsham Shop 1900 to 1940

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This article continues the story of shopping in Felsham into the 20th century.  See below: "Shopping in Felsham before 1900"


~The sale of Gedding Hall in 1811

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This advertisement for the sale of Mrs Cole’s farm in Gedding provides a fascinating insight into the life of a local farmer at this time.


 

~Felsham craftsmen: thatcher, baker, wheelwright and carpenter

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See also the article on trade directories


~Felsham's tenant farmers in early Victorian times

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Few farmers in Felsham in the 1840s owned their own land.  Some widows of farmers such as Elizabeth Garnham owned their land employing bailiffs, but the only male working farmer owning his own farm was Charles Sturgeon at Slough Farm.  The vast majority of farmers were tenant-farmers who rented their land from absentee landlords


~Women and children harvesting flax, Felsham 1914-18


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In the official archive only two photographs survive which illustrate life on the Home Front in Felsham during World War One.  Both photographs are of a formal posed group taken during the harvesting of flax against a backdrop of trees and hedges surrounding a field somewhere in the village.  

 ~Memories of Felsham in the 1880s - Alfred Scott, Alberta, Canada


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In 1885 there was a violent confrontation on Felsham Green between local farmers and farm labourers...


~Felsham landowners in early Victorian times

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No single person or family had an overwhelming landed interest in Felsham.  The Tithe Apportionment of 1838 listed thirty-five individuals who between them owned 1605 acres of land subject to tithe.  


~Dairy farming in Felsham and Gedding

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Nowadays, to see cows grazing in our two villages is a rare sight indeed.  But two hundred years ago they were to be seen everywhere as most local farms had at least a “house cow” and many had sizeable herds of cattle for dairy or for beef, even though the main Suffolk dairying region was in the ‘pastoral parishes’ centred on Debenham in the north east of the county.


~The Felsham Blacksmiths: 1820 to 1940

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The Felsham Blacksmith’s Shop situated at the northern end of Upper Green was a lively feature of the 19th century village.  The ‘smithy’, with its spare chains, iron wheels, and horse-shoes hanging on the wall and its yard full of harrows and other farm implements awaiting repair, was not only a busy workshop but a focus of village community life.  


 ~19th century trade directories - Felsham 1844

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Directories were published throughout the UK from the 1840s onward listing businesses and trades-people for every city, town and village in the country.  Details about local gentry, landowners, charities and postal facilities were also included.  


~The Windmills of Felsham and Gedding

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By the 1830s there were well over 400 windmills in Suffolk and they were a very common sight in the landscape.

Both Gedding and Felsham had windmills.

 


~ Land ownership in Felsham from Medieval times to the 19th century

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In this introductory study of land ownership in Felsham a range of historical sources are explored.   These sources include archaeological surveys, feoffments, wills, church records, hearth tax returns, estate maps, title deeds, court rolls and tithe maps with their apportionments. CB


~ Sir John Anthony Cecil Tilley - a brief biography

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At the southern end of Felsham churchyard near the gap into the new extension, you will find an ivy-covered cross enclosed by a kerb, which marks the grave of an eminent local resident who lived at Felsham House from 1931 until his death in 1952......


Sir John Anthony Cecil Tilley
(1869-1952): a brief biography
At the southern end of Felsham
churchyard near the gap into the new
extension, you will find an ivy-covered
cross enclosed by a kerb, which marks
the grave of an eminent local resident
who lived at Felsham House from 1931
until his death in 1952.

~ "The Felsham Lamb Fair"

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Intro: For many hundreds of years during mid-August the lanes leading to Felsham were filled with cries of shepherds,
the barking of dogs and the bleating of lambs...



~ "Shopping in Felsham before 1900"

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Intro: Before the arrival of shops in Felsham, retailing was largely carried out by itinerant tradesmen who drove carts or rode ponies or simply walked from market to market.  Felsham's Friday market had been in existence from at least 1268...


~ "The Reading Room"

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Intro: As we download books onto our Kindles or read the news online spare a thought for ‘The Reading Room’.  Did you know that for 50 years Felsham had a reading room? 

~ "Where was Felsham's Baptist Chapel?"

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Summary: We know that a Baptist Chapel or meeting house existed in Felsham in 1851.  This article attempts to answer the questions: Where was the chapel situated in the village?  What did the building look like?  Who attended the services?  When did the chapel fall into disuse?


~ BOOK REVIEW:

"Wills of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 1439 - 1474" edited by Peter Northeast

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Summary: The 1,670 wills made by residents in the parishes of western Suffolk between 1439 and 1474 have been edited by the late Peter Northeast of Rattlesden and published by Boydell & Brewer in two volumes.  It includes a description of Baldwin Cocksedge's home in Felsham on one of the moats at Brook Hall Farm in the 1460s.


~ "Using Glebe Terriers to shed light on Felsham's past"

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Summary: The Glebe Terriers for Felsham make interesting reading. These documents reveal the size and the building materials used for the original rectory, nowadays known as ‘The Old Rectory’. They shed light on the leading inhabitants of Felsham as well as place and field names and provide a tantalising insight into the relief of the poor in the 18th and 19th centuries. Information on the Charity lands, on changes in land ownership and a 19th century dispute between the rector and his parishioners are all revealed.

 


 

 ~ "Felsham and Gedding and World War One"

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Intro: As November 11th approaches and we commemorate the ending of the First World War and remember that dreadful conflict it seems appropriate to focus on those men from our villages who gave their lives.

 


 

~ "Felsham in 1851"

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The 1851 census gives a detailed picture of Felsham one hundred and fifty years ago.It gives precise information about the village on 30th March 1851, including a list of all the villagers plus their ages, occupations and place of birth.