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Image of the retort house roof from the inside

The Retort House Roof

The Retort house roof is of significant architectural importance. Not only because of its age and construction but also as we believe it to be one of the only remaining ones in the county. When...
View of the Vernon arms pub archway with two gas lamps either side and the Vernon arms sign in the centre

Gas Lamps

BY ROGER LARKE So, who can remember gas lamps in your home or street?  Not so many of you, I guess. I was born in Norfolk and the house I lived in had no electricity,...
image of the front of the gasworks building. A red brick building with a blue diaper pattern inlayed.

October Update From The Gasworks

It has been a busy October here at The Gasworks. Here is our monthly update to keep you up to date with what’s going on and what’s coming up. Restoration Update At the time of...
the underside of a historic roof being lime torched.

Lime Torching The Gasworks Roof

With the help of heritage roofer Richard Jordan, the local community had the opportunity to learn the method of Lime Torching. They also were able to mix and apply the mortar direct to the Gasworks...
Phot of the gasworks and a crane lifting off the roof.

Progress of Capital Works

Now that work has started on site, it has been a busy few weeks. Early focus was on setting up the site in the paddock area, which will eventually become the carpark, and putting in ...

Works start at the Gasworks!

Following a successful grant increase request from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, building works at Sudbury Gasworks are going to commence on Monday 7th March 2022. H. A. Briddon have been appointed as the lead...
Image of Henery Lawleys rifle

Lawley’s Rifle

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...

Sudbury Estate Clerk of Works – Mr. Agar

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...

A Sad Christmas in Sudbury

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,...

From Sudbury to Windsor – The Lawley Family

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...