The Robinson surname crops up a lot over the decades, however as yet we can rarely link the family relationships.

02/05/ 1840. William Robinson (b 1817)) occupation was given as a carpenter, at the age of 23 he hanged himself – ‘being a lunatic’. (Stowmarket LHG archive, data collated by Steve Williams)

July 20th 1844: Sale of Property of John Stedman (Deceased) Freehold double cottage in the occupation of Edmund Robinson & George Alexander, & 3 pieces of arable land (9acres) in occupation of executors

March 9th 1850: Sale of part of stock-in- trade of Mr John Robinson, who declines the wheelwright business

In 1852 William Freeman in his diaries mentions a Robinson carpenter ‘putting in windows and doors, reapairing granary and putting up new dresser.

From 1861, to be sold by Auction by Mr Henry Crosse on Nov 21st, ‘Capital assortment of Superior beech, Ash and fancy – grained Oak Plank, excellent Old English and Black Poplar Boards and Plank of various thickness, superior Elm But, Four Ash timbers, 14 pairs of naves of large dimensions, quantity of oak sills. Posts and Scantling, sundry window frames, Sash Lights, shutters, troughs, mangers, &c; several lots of Wheelwrights and carpenter’s articles; Four new ladders, strong Timber Jin, useful machines, pair of vices &c; set of nearly new Pony harness; 2 clocks, tables, chairs, linen horse, and sundry other useful furniture; the surplus stock of John Robinson, carpenter and builder, at Stowupland.’

And in the Essex Standard, 29th Jan 1868, an auction by Newmarket auctioner against John Robinson of Stowupland, carpenter – to recover £10 3s 2d having bought some lots he was unable to pay for.

John Robinson is important to our history of Saxham Street. In 1869 he was the owner and occupier of a house & shops in Saxon (Saxham) Street, with a rateable value of £6 5s 0d. This is most likely Saxham Cottage – though we don’t know if it had a name.

And from the Ipswich Chronicle 26th March 1868, ‘Mr Robinson has a contract to supply coffins to Sto Union WorkHouse.’

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1881 census: Thomas Robinson (b1850) and his wife Susannah with children, Thomas, Arthur, and Mary are living in Saxham Street.

In 1901 living along Main Road at 2, Myrtle Cottage: Sarah Wilden widow (64),   Charles Robinson, (son, aged 42) Gunner 88 R. F.A. (88th Regiment Field Artillery?) and Ellen C. Robertson granddaughter (9). 

symbolIn 1901 Aubrey Alfred Robinson at the age of 15 was living in Saxham Street and working as a   telegraph messenger. He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment but he was  was killed on 11 April 1917,  aged  21  . He has no know grave but is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Nathan Robinson can be seen on this photo of a 1930s presentation of the Soames trophy for a  quoits competition.Mr Robinson orgarnised the competition and was quite active in many local organisations.  He was Chairman of Parish Council, school manager, Oddfellow and active in Builders trade union etc. He died in 1958. (Neil Langridge).

Soames Trophy presentation at Stowupland Flower Show and Fete (1930s)

In May 1934 the marriage took place between Miss G.R. Robinson and Mr W.T. Reason, both of Stowupland.

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Sid Robinson in 1977 receiving his medal from Mr Henry Giles

Also rom the 20th century, Sid Robinson.before joining th Air Ministry Works dept as a stoker at RAF Wattishem in 1939, he had worked in the fitting shop of the Suffolk Iron Foundry at Stowmarket.

In 1944 he joined the RAF as a nursing orderly becoming an NCO in charge of sick quarters.

In 1948 he returned to RAF Wattisham.  In 1948 he built a television receiving set ‘which it was believed to be the first seen in Stowupland.’

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Life of Sid Robinson (1977 award Of Imperial Service medal at RAF Wattisham