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The Society exists to researching into, record and foster interest in the history of Grundisburgh and its neighbourhood. In 2006 it celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

Meetings commence at 7.30pm in the Parish Rooms Grundisburgh. For more information  Email

January 16     Witches in and around Suffolk

Pip Wright

March 19 Benjamin Britten and Oeter Pears at the Red House Dr Christopher Hilton
April 16 We'll Meet Again - An evacuee's  memories of being evacuated onto a Suffolk farm Bryan Thurlow
May 21 The Old School from 1875 - 1994 Geoff Caryer



Suffolk Local History Council        
The Suffolk Local History Council exists to encourage, promote and assist the study and research of local history in the county of Suffolk.

Suffolk Records Office  
The material in its care relates mainly to Suffolk and helps to bring the counties past to life. These archives include:

  • court and church records
  • legal documents
  • public records relating to health, taxation, shipping and public utilities
  • parish records — registers, vestry minutes, accounts, charity papers and poor law papers
  • archives from societies, organisations and political parties
  • private archives — personal and family papers, records of businesses, banks, estate agents, architects and  many more
  • the Local Studies collection for Suffolk — printed books and maps, ephemera, news cuttings, oral history tapes and prints photographs

Whatever you want to discover about Suffolk the Records Office will be able to get you under way and help you further your research.

To view the Grundisburgh Civil Records held at the Record Office, records relating to the village, parish council, & charities etc click here

To view the Grundisburgh Parish Records held at the Records Office, records relating to St.Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh click here

Suffolk Churches  -  679  Suffolk Churches have been visited by Simon Knott and all are listed here with masses of information and photographs.

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust  
The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1973 as a result of the growing awareness of the threat to these ancient and historic buildings. A combination of rising repair costs, dwindling congregations and hopelessly inadequate parish or community resources meant that many of the churches were facing redundancy and closure.
Since then the Trust has raised and distributed over three million pounds to help with the repair and maintenance of these churches.   It organises a very full programmes of events including conducted tours of Suffolk churches and an Annual Sponsored Bike Ride to Suffolk Churches which is its main fund raising event.


Village History
Grundisburgh The history of a Suffolk Village by Peter Bishop
Publishers Silent Books, Swavesey, Cambridge CB4 5RA
ISBN 1 85183 0448


Grundisburgh Baptist Church
200 Years of Gods Work at Grundisburgh Baptist Church
Pernicious Dissenters by Hilda Tuck - The story of John Thompson 1755 - 1826 the founder of Grundisburgh Baptist Church

For copies of both books  please Email Pastor Colin Grimwood

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