Blythburgh General Interest Links
Blythburgh village website
Witness to the First Kennedy Tragedy [ Website ] An absorbing eye-witness account by Mick Muttitt of the aircraft crash in 1944 which claimed the life of Joe Kennedy Jnr. The Question of a Mint at Blythburgh [ Website ] Tom Gardner discusses this topic in this Blythburgh History Note. Building a New Bridge for Blythburgh [ Website ] Bridges over the River Blyth have been known since 1296. Here is John E.Allen's account, plus general observations, of the reconstruction works at Blythburgh in 1989. A Nineteenth Century Bazaar [ Website ] Owen Thompson recounts restoration fundraising for Blythburgh's Holy Trinity church in the 1880s. Roadside Milestones [ Website ] The roadways of north-east Suffolk feature many old milestones, signs that these routes have been unchanged for centuries. This is the website of The Milestone Society and features a wealth of information about milestones nationwide. Round Tower Churches [ Website ] This area certainly has some wonderful churches. An East Anglian speciality is the Round Tower church. Of the 42 of these in Suffolk several are in this area - for example Bramfield (where the tower is uniquely detached from the church - see www.bramfield.net), at Holton, Frostenden and also at Thorington, to name but a few. Tide Tables for Southwold [ Website ] Tidal information for Southwold, from the BBC Walpole Old Chapel [ Website ] Once a farmhouse, this Grade II* listed building has a long history as a non-conformist meeting house, evidenced by its superb interior. Open to view on selected dates during summer months. Events programme. Selling a Wife in Blythburgh [ Website ] How times change! This interesting snippet dates from 1789. Southwold Railway [ Website ] The railway operated to Southwold from Halesworth 1879-1929, stopping at stations at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick. This is the website for the enthusiastic Southwold Railway Trust, full of lots of information and interest. On-line shop. Their site at Steamworks, Blyth Road, Southwold is open to the public on selected dates. Henham Hall - A Lost House [ Website ] The Henham Estate lies just north of Blythburgh and is nowadays famous for being the location of the summertime Latitude festival. Landscaped by Repton, but no large House remains to complement it. Alan Mackley here relates the story of Henham Hall. Railway Connection to Southwold - The Story pre 1879 [ Website ] Much has been written about the Southwold Railway, which operated 1879-1929 from Halesworth to Southwold with stations at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick. Here, David Lee tells of pre-1879 attempts to establish a rail connection. Black Shuck at Blythburgh [ Website ] In 1577 the evil dog Black Shuck is said to have terrified the congregation in Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, leaving death, destruction and claw marks in its wake. This item collates reports of phantom dogs throughout the UK. Road accidents involving Deer [ Website ] This area of Suffolk has its share of wild deer which can be seen on the fields or in Dunwich Forest. (Watch out for the increasingly common small Muntjac). Deer can though stray onto the roads and lanes with a resulting road traffic accident. This website link goes to an on-going research project which is collecting data nationwide on traffic accidents involving deer. Since the project began in 2003, tens of thousands of incidents have been recorded. Artists in the Blyth Valley [ Website ] Artists of all abilities have resided in Walberswick, Blythburgh and the Blyth Valley, some more well-known than others. This History Note names just some of them. Blythburgh in 1792 [ Website ] Read Alan Mackley's report of Blythburgh in 1792, including the names of some of the inhabitants. William Morris and Blythburgh Church [ Website ] Alan Mackley's interesting article about William Morris (1834-1896) and Blythburgh Church. Blythburgh and its shops in the 1920s [ Website ] An interesting history note about Blythburgh and its shops in the 1920s by Nora Brown, with deliveries made to nearby villages such as Wenhaston and Walberswick. How Rich Was Blythburgh? [ Website ] In this account Alan Mackley examines Blythburgh's wealth in the first half of the last millennium. All Change in Wenhaston [ Website ] Nifty research by a Wenhaston Local History Recorder, Keith Johnceline, gives a glimpse of past turbulent times, mentioning Wenhaston, Blyford and Halesworth. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk . The Pattman Family [ Website ] The story of a family and their connections with Blythburgh and Southwold through ale, sail and school. Crime around the Blyth [ Website ] One of the Blythburgh History Notes (available on www.blythweb.co.uk) in which Keith Johnceline, a Wenhaston Local History Recorder, shows that this area is no stranger to Crime. Humphrey Jennings - A Genius of the British Cinema [ Website ] Bill Barrett gives a short account of Walberswick-born Humphrey Jennings. Peter Wright VC [ Website ] Peter Wright was a member of a Wenhaston farming family who in WWII fought with the Coldstream Guards (being 6'1" in his socks). He was awarded the VC for his heroism at Salerno in 1943. Lots of information on this site. Peter Wright VC later farmed at Blythburgh. The Blythburgh Angel Village Sign [ Website ] Richard Maslen tells you all about Blythburgh's village sign. The Poaching Priors of Blythburgh [ Website ] Poaching by Priors and others involving Westwood warren and Walberswick in this interesting article by Alan Mackley. An Historical Account of Interest [ Website ] This item by Veronica Baker-Smith in the Blythburgh Society History Notes concerns the building of a bridge on the Heveningham - Ubbeston Road in 1794. Bad Behaviour in Wenhaston 1680 [ Website ] Historical researches by a Wenhaston Local History Recorder, Keith Johnceline. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk . Isokon and Blythburgh [ Website ] The story of a Blythburgh house, people and their times. The Lambeth Life, St.Walstan and 'Blyborow Town' [ Website ] This Blythburgh History Note by Carol Twinch explores the possible links between St.Walstan and Blythburgh and also features Walberswick. The Wenhaston Millions [ Website ] Keith Johnceline's account of the 1930s fraud 'The Wenhaston Millions' involving a Major Crane and unsuspecting participants from Wenhaston and Blythburgh. The fraud was foiled following his marital interests in a lady from Southwold. 'Waverley' Pleasure Steamer [ Website ] Website for the famous last sea-going paddle steamer, now in charity ownership. As well as operating other UK trips and services, usually also sails from Southwold (either to London or on a local cruise). A wonderful experience. Joe Kennedy Jnr's Last Mission [ Website ] More from Mick Muttitt about the tragic aircraft crash he witnessed in 1944. Suffolk Wildlife Trust [ Website ] With more than 60 nature reserves throughout Suffolk the Suffolk Wildlife Trust works to protect the County's wildlife. Local branch at Southwold. The Wenhaston Smuggler [ Website ] Tales of smugglers abound in this area of coast and rivers. A Wenhaston Local History Recorder, Keith Johnceline, tells of his researches into the life of George Butcher. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk .
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