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Welcome to the website of the Sudbury History Society.
This site is provided for the benefit of all those interested in the history of Sudbury through its buildings and people, some of whom have become household names

September 2015
Pictures and the history of the buildings involved in the fire can be viewed in a slideshow here....

June 2015
More news on coach trips

May 2015
Two new members join the committee for details go to....
Coach trip for July is to the Wm. Morris Museum at Walthamstow, further details go to.....
April 2015
A report of our latest trip to Boston can be viewed here....
March 2015
Coach trips for April & May announced. More here......

Jan. 2015
Can you help on the history of policing in Sudbury?......
July 2014
Coach trips updated
for July & August
June 2014
Anniversary of the Peasant's Revolt, find out more here....

March 2014
Dates of this years coach trips now available here.....

June 2013
Notes of meeting held on Wed. 12/6 can be viewed here....
April 2013
Coach trip dates & some venues now published here......

March 2013
This months meeting is at St. Gregorys church NOT the Scout HQ. Normal start time 10am

January 2013
The AGM for 2013, has been delayed for a month due to the abscence of the secretary in April.
Coach trip for February is to The Royal Academy, more details here...

May 2012
A book of Sudbury Street Names is published....
February 2012
The Societies full Constitution made available

January 2012
Our chaiman finds an important view painted by Gainsborough and now threatened by new pylons. Full details can be found here.
































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A rare photograph of King Street has been brought to the attention of the society. Click the picture to see more.

King St. before the Police station was built

Can you help on the history of Sudbury Policing?

Not so much a building, but some Bill Posters from the early 19thC advertising an Equestrian Circus in Stour St. and productions at the Fisher Theatre in Friar St. have just come to light, to view all 18 click here or on the image below.

What do you know about Sudbury Town Hall?



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All that remains of Simon's College

Simon as Bishop of London
Simon as a Diplomat
Simon's College
Archbishop Simon of Sudbury
Simon's Building Work at Canterbury

St. Leonard's Hospital
The Peasant's Revolt
Simon the Chancellor
The Suffolk Revolt

Reconstructed head of Simon

.......more about Sudbury Suffolk

A new addition to the Sudbury Museum Trust website commemorating the 15 mths in 1944-5 when the
486th Bomber Group was based at 'Station 174 Sudbury'.

More Sudbury History
Maps of ancient Sudbury

Bells of Sudbury


Sudbury Heritage, Photo Archive & much more

A new book is published on the impact of war on Sudbury

The Church Bells of Sudbury by Walter Perry

The Sudbury Bell Founders
Henry Pleasants
John Thornton
Thomas Gardiner
(1696 - 1760)

What's in a name? 'Origins of Sudbury Street names'

Old Moot Hall -Cross St.

Help to protect Colne & Stour valleys here

Dominican Priory in Friar Street can be viewed here.

Salters Hall

Carved soffit-Salters

More on Sudbury & the community


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“The Town and Borough of Sudbury has maintained law and order by various means from the Anglo-Saxon period to today.

In earlier times it was the responsibility of the Headborough or Tythingman representing approximately ten families who held sway.

Later the Petty or Parish Constable was voted annually to carry out the task – no pay and he still had to do his normal job.

It was not until the Municipal Corporation Act of 1835 that Towns and Boroughs were permitted to raise full-time paid police officers, called Constables.

During times of unrest it was possible for the Magistrates to swear in additional Constables to support the permanent police.

Later Special Constables were signed –up to provide a pool of additional resource.

During the First World War many men of the young men serving with the Constabulary joined the Army and Navy. Measures were taken to increase the Special Constabulary to account for the loss of manpower and many older or retired men joined the Specials.

In 1919 George V created the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal for their service during World War 1. An example is on display at the Sudbury Heritage Centre.

The same happened during World War II.

It seems likely that many men who served in the Specials were living in the Sudbury area.

Would anybody who knows of anyone who served in the Sudbury Borough Constabulary, Suffolk Constabulary or the West Suffolk Constabulary, in the Sudbury area, please contact me as I am seeking information and photographs of people carrying out police service.

My e-mail address is:

January 2015