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Sotterley maps

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

Sotterley photos

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Wrentham| Beccles| Cove Hithe| Kessingland| Barsham| Carlton Colville| Reydon| Gillingham| Burgh St Peter| Holton| Southwold| Blythburgh| Wenhaston| Halesworth| Walberswick| Oulton Broad| Lowestoft| Oulton| Ellingham

Sotterley area books

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Memories of Sotterley

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Suffolk memories

Wilfred Albert Parsk

The Horse And Groom c1950, Wrentham
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I think my Grandfather was born on this street! He was called Wilfred Albert Parsk and fought in the Somme at about 16 years of age He never spoke much about the war but I know he lost a lot of his friends. He died in the 1980s but his memory is still cherished!

My Home as A Child

Cross Roads c1965, Wrentham
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I was born in the house on the right and spent my childhood here.  It's nice to see a photo of the crossroads with the Town Hall with the spire.


I remember most of the family names in Westhall; Cook family - I think there were eleven children Mr and Mrs Stedman, one son Marjie and Charlie, Hambling, four children ,Mrs ward my godmother, Mr and Mrs savage, their children, Mrs Cole, one son Alfred, Mr and Mrs Hatcher, one daughter Rhona Mr and Mrs Baker, Rita and Albert Collyer, two daughters, Mr and Mrs Appleyard, then our family Mum, Dad, Val, Colin, Mary, Tessie, Graham, Cindy, next door Jack and Iris Burrows, five children, Paddy and Violet Smith, one daughter Josie to name but a few, lots more to come next time.

Rhoos Hall (aka Roos Hall or Rose Hall)

Rhoos Hall 1894, Beccles
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Previously I had posted to My Memories, a much longer, "informative" post, but I learned from further research that a lot of what I had previously heard was not accurate in fact.  My memories remain unchanged, regardless of the more accurate details so kindly provided to me.  It had never before occured to me to go to the best source of more factual information, the Town of Beccles, of which Roos Hall is associated.

Upon contacting the Beccles Town Council by way of e-mail, just yesterday, with a myriad of questions, my request was turned over to a gentlemen (whose name I will not use, in respect of his privacy) who responded even before 8 hours had passed.  Again, before another 8 hours had passed I received a 2nd e-mail.  My husband (not the same one I visited England with) asked me what kind of town existed that people had that kind of time to make such a fast response, and what kind of people would go out of... Read more


Church And Bell Tower North East 1894, Beccles
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Stafford W Brown was a boarder at Beccles College during WW1. The last three Sundays of every term each had a special feature. First came One Button Sunday, when every boy undid the top button of his jacket for the day. The second was Pinch Pudding Sunday. At lunch, after the main course, jam tart was served, and the custom was for boys to steal each others portion by stabbing with their fork and removing the tart to their own plate. The favourite however was Loud Amen Sunday. This was the last Sunday of term, and as usual, the whole school attended evening service at the parish church. The boys sat on the left and the parishioners on the right. The last hymn was always "Jesus Shall Reign Where E're the Sun" the last line of which is "And earth repeat the Loud Amen". Tradition had it that the last two words were sung/shouted as loudly as possible. There was always an exceptionally large congregation on this... Read more

Maurice Dunn (Alberta, Canada)

Church Steps 1923, Beccles
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Playing Cowboys and Indians, down the steps, and along the cliff, after coming out of the old Picture House on a Saturday afternoon, in the Second World War years.

A Ghost on Beccles Church Steps

Church Steps 1923, Beccles
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My father, Stafford Brown, was a student at Beccles College during the First World War. He stayed with the Knights family of Puddingmoor. Mr Knights, who was a wherryman, told of a strange event that happened to him one evening. He had been returning home from the town, and took his usual short cut through the churchyard. When he arrived at the top of the steps, he encountered what he could only describe as an invisible barrier. Mr Knights pushed against it, tried to climb over, under or go around. It was impossible. So he retraced his steps and took the longer route home by the road. He said that he had not been in a public house! This only happened to him once, and nobody else ever reported a similar incident.

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