Report to Parish Council 2013/14

The History group remains well attended and enthusiastic. We decided not to present a talk this year and have been concentrating on building up research for future years. The translations or transcriptions of old wills and documents going back to the 14C looks to be particularly interesting. One of our number has undertaken the role … Read moreReport to Parish Council 2013/14

2009 Slide Presentation Waldringfield at War

Slide Show Part One 2009 WAW talk part one Part Two2009 WAW talk part two   Scripts used in the talk WAW Script Gerald and Mary Roger Price WW2 recollections WAW Script Wartime recollections of Andrew Haig WAW Script Militarised Village and Bigbobs Bobs final version WAW Script Alyson Gareth WAW Script A Suffolk Village … Read more2009 Slide Presentation Waldringfield at War

Report to Parish Council 2011/12

Waldringfield History Group Report to Parish Council 2011/12 The History group remains well attended and enthusiastic. Last year’s annual talk was “Waldringfield at Leisure”; as usual this was well attended and enjoyed by the audience. An adapted version of our Waldringfield at War talk was presented to the final year school children and they obviously enjoyed … Read moreReport to Parish Council 2011/12

Deductions from our Domesday Book entries

Waldringfield is mentioned in the 10C in the 0955 Will of Bishop Theodred. In the early 11C there is also a Possible gift of land between 1035 and 1044 when the East Anglian lady Leofgifu gave Godric her reeve the land at Waldringfield, Suffolk, which she had previously loaned to him. However, this may be … Read moreDeductions from our Domesday Book entries

The Coprolite industry on the Deben

Coprolites are essentially fossilised dung and are found in our region within the local crag and running in seams beneath it. The name is derived from the Greek words KOPROS (dung) and LITHOS (stone). Coprolites are classified as trace fossils, as opposed to body fossils, as they give evidence for the animal’s diet. Most coprolites … Read moreThe Coprolite industry on the Deben

Cement Works

The Cement Factory of Waldringfield 1872 -1907 Visitors to Waldringfield and, indeed, residents of that village might be forgiven for not knowing that it was once the site of a large cement factory.  All that now remains of the industry is the quay – which passers-by would assume to have always been part of the … Read moreCement Works

Waldringfield at Work

Over the centuries there have been several industries and businesses such as Agriculture, Coprolite Mining, Masons Cement Works ,The Boatyard, The Brewery, The Maybush and Barge Traffic on the River Deben?. Our 2010 talk covered Coprolite Mining, Masons Cement Works, The Boatyard and The Maybush. The slides are here.  

2009 Interview with Doug Canham

Audio Source type MP3 Subject  Doug Canham Interviewer  Gareth Thomas Mary Tucker Date of recording  2010 Copyright?  N         Douglas Canham (known as Doug) born 22 November 1922. Recorded interview on 29th January 2009 by Mary Tucker and Gareth Thomas     with Doug regarding his memories of the 2nd World War: Question:  The … Read more2009 Interview with Doug Canham

1656 Survey Waldringfield Rivershall & Hilton Survey including analysis

Roads and Path names Field names survey-off-rivershall-1656 1656 Survey individuals bits of land to fit together WALDRINGFIELD RIVERSHALL   HB8/1/937 An Exact Particular of the several copyhold lands belonging to the Mannor of Rivershall – Waldringfield in the County of Suffolk as they are not abutted bring part of the possessions of THOMAS ESSINGTON of Brightwell … Read more1656 Survey Waldringfield Rivershall & Hilton Survey including analysis

Archaeological finds in village by Michael

From Suffolk Institue of Archeology A list of finds in Waldringfield from their journals going back as far as 1903. It would be good to know the location where indicated. Vol 11 1903 Photo of Neolithic Flint chisel from Waldringfield. Vol 29 1964 Six soil marks of round barrows on Heath Farm. Map refs.=26804475,26764484,26734480,26734490,26654495, 26784504 … Read moreArchaeological finds in village by Michael

References in 680 and 955AD

SIA(Suffolk Institue of Archeology) Vol 8 1891. Article on Early wills relating to Bury. Theodred Bishop of London gave his land at Waldringfield to Osgood, his sister’s son. Theodred died before 955. See below S 1526: A.D. 942 x c. 951. Will of Theodred, bishop of London, including bequests of land at Duxford in Cambs., … Read moreReferences in 680 and 955AD

Settlement from Bronze Age to Anglo Saxon – Michael

Bronze Age 2000BC – 1000BC First metal tools, initially copper later bronze. Round Barrows, heavy concentration on Martlesham Heath.

Iron Age 1000BC – 43AD Iron introduced to Britain and choice material for tools and weapons. No change in pottery. Settlements mainly on lighter soil

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Why Waldringfield? Summary of History – Joe

Very little is known of the early history of Waldringfield.

Until after WW 2 Suffolk was sparsely populated, apart from a few small market towns and the Tudor wool villages such as Lavenham. Until the motor car became widely used Waldringfield was quite isolated, unless one came by boat, bike or horse drawn vehicle. The population was small relative to the villages on the East bank of the Deben and men were ferried over from the Sutton side to work in the coprolite pits.

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River Deben Sea Walls by Malcolm

  1. History ?- little to be found.
  2. We do know that they are not all the same age !
  3. First attempt was – ‘warping’ – this was a development of tidal sills to allow water carrying silt to flow over these captured areas – this would have the effect of building up the flat marsh. Modern experiments have shown that 3 feet can be gained in 3 years.

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