You probably know the photo of the farm workers at Stowupland Hall thought to date from the 1860s, found amongst Freeman/Ridley archives at the Suffolk Record office.

This original photo was donated by a Miss H Freeman, a grand daughter of William Freeman. Written on the back by I presume by Miss Freeman the following –

“Joyce & William Freeman,  William’s two sisters (L) & the farm workers (circa 1860?) my grandparents”

The photographer wasn’t local but by a Cundall,  Downes & Co. 168 Bond St. London however Joseph Cundall had trained as a printer in Ipswich so there was a local connection.

This company was at that address and trading under that name from 1861 to 1865 which fits with the suggested date for the photo.

According to this info the people in the photo would be first on left Mary Freeman born 1827, second left Ellen Freeman born 1831. first on right Joyce Freeman (nee Ridley) born 1837 second right William Freeman born 1830.

However they all look older than they would have been at the time even given that people probably aged faster then. Difficult to judge Williams age in his hat but he would be 35 at the most if the dating is correct.

Neil Langridge.


NB This photo has been previously but erroneously claimed to be of workers at Columbyne Hall