This week I collected our copy of the recently published Little Waldingfield, Our village history from 1840 to 2014. I have to say that it is one of the best produced books on local history that I have seen.
A sequel to Harry Clive’s book, Beyond Living Memory, which documents the history of the village up to 1840, the book is a fascinating collection of pictures, reminiscence and fact. Organised thematically, there are chapters, among many other topics, on Village Development, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Pubs and Clubs and Little Waldingfield at War. Some of the photographs are truly stunning, all are interesting, and the book promises many happy hours for the historically inclined.
|American Airmen outside the White Horse Pub in 1944|
The publication is a real credit to the Little Waldingfield History Society, who received a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund towards the costs of production. The money must have been important and a great help, but what is really impressive is the amount of work that was clearly put in by the five authors of the book. They modestly hide their identities away on almost the very last page, but I feel that I should give them full credit here. So congratulations to Susan Moore, Diana Langford, Andy Sheppard, Sue Sheppard and Dennis Duffy.
The Little Waldingfield History Society continues to go from strength to strength. The next talk will be on the history of Great Yarmouth by Anthony Arbuthnot on the evening of 19th November.