Have you ever wondered what the history of your house is? Who lived there, or what the name plaque on the wall might mean?

The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group are currently undertaking a new project: to capture name plaques above properties, which appeared to be the trend around about the beginning of the 1900s. Many appeared at the top of a house in either the brickwork or in sandstone or cement, and very often include a date. In some records these were used as the addresses instead of road names and numbers – which can be a bit confusing for the researcher!

So the aim is to capture the names that appear on buildings, record them on a database, and then research the history behind them. It is hoped that this may lead to some history about the property – who lived there and what the name on the plaque means.

First of all this will be tried on houses in Leiston as it is known there are quite a number, with the aim of finding the history behind the names, such as families, builders, landowners, developers, or a celebratory event such as a Jubilee. If this proves successful then the project may be extended to cover other local villages and towns.

So if you live in a property that has a plaque, or know of one on a property, or the story behind it, please let us know at the address below so we can try and research its history. We would also like to photograph the plaques to keep as part of the record.

We will have a stall to promote the project at the Leiston Queen’s Birthday celebrations on Sun 12 June – come and talk to us there!

John Last


By Kevin Gale on April 21st, 2016

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