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Historic maps of Middlewood Green and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Middlewood Green maps

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Gipping| Stowupland| Old Newton| Stowmarket| Needham Market| Debenham| Barking| Barking Tye| Walsham-Le-Willows

Middlewood Green area books

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New Beginnings

We visited Gipping in 2003 to try to get a sense of the place our ancestors left in 1859 to start a new life in New Zealand. The flatness of the area was a significant contrast to the rugged coastal lands they farmed on their arrival in Little Akaloa, Canterbury. William Henry Elliss and his wife Sophia Rebecca Davey were resident in Gipping in 1858 when they married at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Stowmarket. Their parents were Frederick and Caroline Elliss (nee Bass) and William and Eliza Davey (nee Fox), husbandmen, whose families had been in Gipping and Mendlesham for some generations. When William and Sophia left for NZ on the Mary Ann, bound for Canterbury, April 1859 they had been living in Haughley, William was a dealer, and they had a 7 month old son who died on the voyage out. Their parents stayed and died in Gipping, and Old Newton, and indeed Frederick and Caroline have a headstone  erected in their memory in St Mary's Old Newton... Read more


Mendlesham Primary school was wonderful, it is still there but sadly, no longer a school, there is now a new Primary school. My favourite teacher was Miss File, she taught class'B'. Mr Hurrell was also a wonderful teacher. He had small glass files on the wall around the classroom with wild flowers in each one and he carefully had the names of the flowers written close by each one, so that we could learn them. Mr Hurrell's class was 'A' (this was the class before going on to High School, in Stowmarket, on Braybrooks school bus). Braybrook's buses were owned by Mr Braybrook, his secretary was Enid Lambert. Mr Braybrook converted the listed buildings in the Back Street, close to The Kings head pub. I think he wanted to do the same to the whole street, but sadly it didn't happen. I still hold a very dear place in my heart for Mendlesham. My childhood was very happy, I lived at no. 42, Front Street, before the houses were given... Read more

Family Connection to The Shoulder of Mutton

The Shoulder of Mutton c1965, Old Newton
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My great great grandfather was Richard Thurston and I believe that his family lived at the pub about 1845.
They had several children Deborah,John Palmer,Mary Jane,Richard and William Mumford (thurston) His wife was Susannah.
John Palmer Thurston was my great grandfather.
My grandfather William John Thurston emigrated to Australia in 1910 with his wife Agnes Alice Thurston(nee Stillwell) from Sussex.

1851 Census, Old Newton

The Shoulder of Mutton c1965, Old Newton
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1851 census - my great great grandad, Thomas Thing, was an inn keeper at the Shoulder of Mutton Inn (I think Barter Road), along with his wife Mary Ann, and children; Ada, Louisa, Oxco (Oscar), Mary Ann, Zilliah and Arthur.

Combs Fords Tragedy

In World War II I attended school in Stowmarket. My home was in the neighboring village of Needham down by the railway station, so I would catch the local bus at the Swan Public House and ride it to the Market Square in Stow. As the bus traveled north there were three other young children who joined the same bus, and on arrival we would walk to school together. (I was about eight years old at the time. One of the girls was about one year older as I remember)
After school we would stand in the Market Square to catch the bus back.
One day we stood waiting for our bus back home and it didn't come. No one seemed to know why. Eventually on our own initiative we decided to walk home to Needham. When we arrived at the edge of Combs Fords the road home was completely blocked. There had been a terrible... Read more

Stowmarket as A Kid in The 70's!

I grew up in Stowmarket (Combs Ford end!). I remember Milton Road, etc, before the Relief Road cut the town in half! Saturdays used to see the town centre heaving with people - cars came through the main street then. Us kids used to meet outside the Woolworths shop on a Saturday morning, and get inside Tooks Cafe (now still a cafe) in Ipswich Street. I can remember the Library being alongside the old Council Offices off Ipswich Road. It was a tiny little brick building then. High spot of the year was the Carnival. We were upset when some time ago the Carnival stopped coming through the Ford and continued along Needham Road and over Boulters Bridge. Us Combs lot were most put out!! When I was a kid in the 1970s we spent all our pocket money in the paper shop in the Ford. I had to walk to school at the High School this meant an early start, all the way from Poplar Hill... Read more

Broken Biscuits From Woolworths!

Whilst studying at Stowmarket Grammar School from 1967-1972, I worked at Woolworths in Stowmarket. Living in Bacton, this meant that I had to cycle to the bus stop about two miles at the other end of the village and then get the bus in to Stowmarket. My reward for this Saturday's work was the equivalent now of about 90p! I worked at the front of the store on the biscuit counter; yes, people could buy biscuits and cake in the quantities they wanted. Even broken biscuits could be purchased (for whatever reason) at a reduced price. Stowmarket was a thriving market town and although the animal markets have gone, it is good to see that the food markets continue. I was a Girl Guide and we used to camp with the Stowmarket Guides at Haughley Park. We socialised then at Centre Three and not the pubs as young people have to do now. Carnival Week was a highlight and there was great... Read more

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