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 Not a great deal of ephemera survives from before 1914 but there are some sought after books about the area to look out for including:

'An Historical Account of the Ancient Town of Lowestoft', 1790, Edmund Gillingwater

'History and Antiquities of the Hundreds of Blything and part of Lothingland', 1847, Rev. Alfred Suckling

Although there is not much printed ephemera pre-1914 there are any number of early photographs, sadly many of them unidentified. When time permits I may publish a selection that need identification.

For anyone investigating local history the Suffolk Record Office is a treasure house. They have linked with the National Archives and many of their records are indexed so that you can get an idea of what they hold even if it means a visit to view anything physically.

There are a number of other online research resources available such as the Times Newspaper archive, Census records, etc. that can also help any researcher into local history.

Odd bits of research that I have made will be listed here when I have the time. The first is a Timeline of 10 Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft from it's build date of 1870 until 1914.


Update to Help Save our Record Office

A recent change in the leadership pf the Suffolk County Council seems to have prompted a change in the fortunes for our Record Office. The new leader, Matthew Hicks, has stated that his preference is for the records to stay in Lowestoft and despite there being no allocated funds in the capital or revenue accounts efforts will be made to source them.

Perhaps a spirit of co-operation can bear fruit via the promised public consultation rather than confrontation which we have seen rather too much of since 10th January.

It is understood that the petition will remain open so that those who signed it can be kept up to date with progress.

Help to Save our Record Office (SORO)

On 10th January we heard that the Lowestoft branch of the Suffolk Record Office would close, with all the records being transferred to Ipswich, and that it would be replaced with an unmanned 'access point' at a location yet to be decided.

Many records have been loaned or donated with the sole purpose of their being able to be easily accessed by future generations of Lowestoftians. To remove them nearly fifty miles away to Ipswich is NOT providing easy access.

It is hoped that Suffolk County Council can be persuaded to reverse this decision.

To view progress see the Facebook pages of SORO and SORO (New)

Recently acquired

A recent acquisition from Germany is a colour print of a painting of 'The Battle of Lowestoft 25th April 1916' by the artist Hans Bohrdt, shown on the introduction to the Bombardment of Lowestoft.

Cuckoo air raid warning

1st February 2018 will be the 76th anniversary of the raid which led to the installation of the Cuckoo air raid warning at Lowestoft during WW2. The 'imminent danger' alarm to the public of low level hit and run raiders subsequently saved many lives but at the cost of the lives of a mother and two of her children in Victoria Road, Lowestoft.

A more detailed account can be found on the ABfaR blog.



Recent additions

In pre 1914 there is a timeline of the history of 10 Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, since 1919 the home of the Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre.

WW2 Letters from Lowestoft

A collection of letters from Lowestoft, sent by resident A J Turner to his son J P Turner, of local news during WW2 which is linked directly from the WW2 link. AJT was one of the original members of the management team of the Kitchener which is described in the 'background to AJT' on that site.

Floods 1912 Directory

Find the Floods Directory of Lowestoft Fishing Vessels as at 1912 in the pre 1914 section.

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