We previously followed the history of the Lawley family. From Samuel, Head Huntsman for the 2nd Lord Vernon, to his Grandson, Henry Lawley. To finish the story, Colin has since found an image of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, along with a rifle. The buttplate of this classic percussion double barrel shotgun is inscribed [...]
When researching former celebrations in Sudbury, one of our volunteers came across this article about the 'Coming of Age' celebrations for George William Henry Vernon in September 1875. It's a very long, article that goes into great length about the celebrations both in Poynton and Sudbury, with many congratulations and toasts. In the article, the [...]
This newspaper clipping from the 4th January 1893 shows how Christmas' of the past could be sad occasions due to circulating sicknesses and ill health. 4 parishioners passed over a five day period, Christmas 1892, including Mr. Eli Utting, the first 'Gas Maker' at Sudbury Gasworks. On a lighter note, it was nice to [...]
The Sudbury Local History Group have been busy uncovering fascinating stories of former parish residents, and have recently come across the Lawley family, whose history spans from Sudbury to London. Samuel Lawley (1761-1832), was the Head Huntsman for 2nd Lord Vernon’s pack of fox hounds. He and his wife had 9 children that we know [...]
We took part in the national event Heritage Open Days on the 11th September, by delivering our buildings and village tours.
As part of our ongoing project activity programme, we have teamed up with Fired Up! Theatre to work with local community groups. The company are developing scripts from research generated by our local history research team, and are then working with groups such as Sudbury Primary School to develop plays, and short sketches which [...]
On the 29th May, we hosted WILD SUDBURY, as event to encourage to local community to come and visit the site and be part of creating future habitats to be based around the building once open to the public. There are bird and bat box building, build hotels, tree planting and much more craft [...]
In Support of Local History Month through May, we ran our buildings and village tours, as well as a cake and plant sale fundraiser.
We have been joined by Nottingham Trent University and a new team of volunteers to start mapping the Gasworks. This involves taking many, many images of the building, and using some clever 3D mapping software to create 3D images of the site. The project is designed to support and develop volunteer community groups, who [...]
As part of the programme of events for Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust, Sudbury Gasworks Restoration Trust hosted tours of the building and village