Stories of local people through their memories and collections.
The image shows just one of the many autographs that Margaret and her sister Ivy collected from their friends and family. They were collected between the 1910’s and 1930’s so reflect different sensitivities.
It reminds us of the importance of remembering those who are no longer with us. Whether we knew them or not their lives have had an impact on life today
In 1914 Stowupland had a population of 1409, of which 200 were of elementary school age.
In 1901 the average life expectancy for men was just 45, for women 49. And this was 5 years longer then their parents generation!
Our Archives are built from the memories and stories of those who are no longer here. Sometimes it is a short note, a single photo or press cutting. In other cases it is a larger collection of material collected through a lifetime and donated to us by their relatives. We are grateful for it all. Our largest collections come from:
Margaret Catchpole‘s family lived in Stowupland for over 150 years, her collection donated by her family included an autograph book from the early 20th century and several diaries (see images)
MCA after an item means it was donated to the SLHG archive by her family
Ena Marie Carter (ne Harrison, 1911 – 1984). Illustrating her contribution to recording Suffolk’s past. (see images)
ECA after an item means it was donated to the SLHG archive by her family
Mary Elizabeth Bloom (ne Allard, 1928-2021). Mary was born in Walnut Tree Farm. She served as a parish Councillor for 47 years.
MBA after an item means it was donated to the SLHG archive by her family.
The Freeman family owned Stowupland Hall for much of the 19th century. Charles and his father kept a written record of much of the work that they did on their land and detailed many aspects of their family’s life. The diaries themselves are held at the Record Office but we are fortunate that Ena Carter made some interesting notes that are very useful