Needham Market photos
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Needham Market maps
Historic maps of Needham Market and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Needham Market maps
Needham Market area books
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Memories of Needham Market
Visiting Needham Market in The 1970s
My sister and I used to visit my three uncles each Sunday. They all were unmarried and lived in the family house in The Causeway. Not having children of their own, they doted on us girls and spoilt us rotten! We got away with murder! I can remember visiting Needham Lake when it was little more than a muddy puddle - it was man-made. Now it is a lovely, established area. There used to be a local superstition that if you were in the railway tunnel (a footpath under the track) off the Railway Yard, and a train went over, it was lucky and you could make a wish! I remember we waited in it until a train went over, and the noise was deafening! But I so wanted to do it! We used to walk up the Causeway before all the new houses were there, also The Drift, and one day we walked all the way to Badley Church. It was daylight, although dusk, and it was very... Read more
this is only one of many wonderful memories i went to school in needham market the junior school and lived at darmsden we were picked up and taken to school by a mini bus we lived in three places in darmsden the 2nd place was right next door to a strawberry field one of many owned by tarston farms further up our road .When it was time for picking strawberrys a lot of my friends were bought up in a lorry and i was put in charge to make sure they picked properly and didnt mess about i was the first one picking and the last one to finish i was as brown as a berry and loved it . one day my mum came over and and said shhs she then laid this very real looking grass snake amongst the strawberrys well you should have seen my mates run they screamed with laughter when they saw what it was. mum used to litTereally drag me of i loved it... Read more
My great great great grandfather Robert James was born in Darmsden in 1816. He married Maria ? when. They had a daughter Emily b.1852. Is there anyone in the area with the surname James that may be able to help me with my geneology search? Others in my family were born in and around Bosmere, Needham Market. Looks like a lovely part of the country that I will have to visit soon.
My father Eric Welham is still living in Barking Tye and will be 90 this year. A 'Shepherd's Hut' which was originally from a farm on Barking Tye around the early 1900s was bought by my Grandad Welham and he moved it across the tye to 'Mill Cottage' along the top of Barking Tye. It was then moved again across the Tye in 1950 to where my father still lives in Fox Meadow and used as a work shop. I have great memories of this old shepherd's hut where many family photos were taken. The shepherd's hut is now at the 'The Museum of East Anglian Life' in Stowmarket. This time it was moved using a tractor and trailer with help from a local farmer, through the adjoining fields, having waited for the harvest to be gathered in. We are trying to trace any history of shepherds that may have used this hut! This picture could very well be that shepherd.
My wife and I moved to Shrubland Park in 1950 after I had secured a job working in the glasshouses and market garden of this large estate. It was a wonderful place to live and enjoy the peace of the countryside. After a couple of years the head gardener left to become self employed. I was then given the chance to take charge of the market garden whilst the pleasure gardens were looked after by someone else. I had been involved with three generations of the Saumarez family by the time I retired in 1999, just a few months short of 50 years since we arrived there. The last 41 years of that time we rented the walled garden and surrounding area and established what became a flourishing chrysanthemum nursery. It was quite a wrench when we had to retire but I did write my memoirs of that very happy 50 years. Sidney G Forsdike
Combs Ford in The 1970s
I grew up in Combs Ford, off Poplar Hill. Our Primary school is now a community centre. Back then, all our pocket money was spent in the Paper shop!! There was a large recreation ground (it's now been covered in houses) near Combs Church. We used to amuse ourselves climbing trees and riding our bikes (no internet then)! There used to be fields all around (Needham Road, going across to Combs Middle School) which is now all houses! We used to like watching the boys on their scrambling motorbikes. There were fields all along where Hill Rise, Verneuil Ave, etc, are now, as far as the eye could see, which are now acres of estate housing. We used to play on these, hide and seek, 40-40, treehouses, etc. We girls also liked to walk down Combs Lane to see the horses! It used to be dangerous as there weren't any pavements down there - my parents were worried that we'd be knocked down. Where Solar is now used to be... Read more
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