History Talks

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Enter into the aspirations of a band of promoters who tried to build a railway from Long Melford to Hadleigh over a century ago.

What were the dreams and ambitions of early twentieth-century promoters in planning this light railway and what may it have been like?


Following a visit to France, Anne Grimshaw returned home with a pair of flying goggles and the name of a French village where they had been found by a local farmer in 1945 during the Second World War.

Why were the goggles there?

Who had they belonged to? What had happened?

A mid-air collision of two American bombers from their airfield at Mendlesham, Suffolk, en route to German targets resulted in 17 crew members killed along with three civilians and several houses destroyed in the village.

But there was one survivor. Who was he? What did he do?

Join Peter Minter and Andrew Phillips on a tour go the Bulmer Brick and Tile Company.

All Bulmer bricks are hand-made, using traditional methods of making, drying and firing in a coal burning, down-draught kiln. This has been the traditional way since Tudor times.  

Anne tells the fascinating story of how a flight bag found on eBay led to a story that involved the USAAF in Sudbury during 1945.

With an introduction by Mark Bills (Gainsborough's House)

May looks at the fabrics that were used in Gainsborough’s paintings.

Sue talks on the history of Sudbury's Middle Schools and her career at All Saints.