Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group

 

LOCAL HEROES (and a very few villains)

For the Garrett Family, also see here.

 

links so annotated lead initially to another page on this website for further selections

Pope Gregory I (c.540-604), on seeing English slaves in Rome: "Non Angli, sed angeli", then sent St Augustine of Canterbury to convert the pagan Anglo-Saxons

Rædwald (c.560-c.624) — c.599: King of the East Angles;  c.616: E.Anglia's only Bretwalda ("high king" of Britain);  likely occupant of Sutton Hoo (NT) burial ship

St Edmund the Martyr (c.841-869)The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle claims he was King of the East Angles; martyred by Danish Great Heathen Army; inspired our flag

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (1473-1530) — b.Ipswich; as Henry VIII's Chief Minister, opposed the King's divorce from Catherine of Aragon; built Hampton Court

Thomas Seckford (1515-1587) of Woodbridge, philanthropist; advisor to Elizabeth I; financed first atlas of England & Wales (1st national atlas of a country) ☞map

Sir Thomas Cavendish (1560–92), "The Navigator" — b.Trimley St Martin, Felixstowe; privateer; 1585: Roanoke Colony; 1586-88: first deliberate circumnavigator

Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) — privateer, "prime mover of the colonization of Virginia"; named Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard; founded Jamestown

Christopher Jones (c.1570-1622) — important citizen of (and possibly born in) Harwich; Captain of the 1620/21 voyage of the 'first' "Mayflower"

William Dowsing (1596–1668) — b. Laxfield; 1643/44: Puritan "Commissioner for the destruction of monuments of idolatry and superstition" in the Civil War

Matthew Hopkins (c.1620-1647) — 1644-47: The "Witch Hunter Generall" during the English Civil War, commemorated at Aldeburgh Museum

Daniel Defoe né Foe (c.1660-1731) — pamphleteer, spy, writer of Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders and Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

Thomas Gainsborough FRSA (1727-1788) — late C18th portraitist, but also originated the British landscape school; founding member of the Royal Academy

John Frere FRS FSA (1740-1807), "who from his [Paleolithic / Old Stone Age] discoveries at Hoxne was the first to realise the immense antiquity of mankind"

George Crabbe (1754-1832) — poet: The Village and The Borough (influenced Britten's Peter Grimes) ; clergyman in Parham, Gt Glemham and Rendham

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) — born in Burnham Thorpe (Norfolk); killed during his final Napoleonic Wars victory at the Battle of Trafalgar

Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) researched and campaigned against slavery; recruited William Wilberforce; main speaker at first World Anti-Slavery Convention

John Constable RA (1776-1837) — known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, now known as the "Constable Country"

Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) of Halesworth — b. Norwich; third Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883) — translator of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám; buried at Boulge Church (three miles north of Woodbridge)

Joshua Chard "The Suffolk Hero" (1812-1875) — Aldeburgh longshoreman and unlicensed pilot, who "piloted over 100 boats to safety, ... a record unsurpassed"

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) succeeded his father William at Kew; Ross expedition on "Erebus" to Antarctica, etc.; friend/champion of Charles Darwin

Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890) of Sudbourne Hall — art collector of the Wallace Collection, donated to the nation in 1897, now held at his former London home

Fitzedward Hall (1825-1901) of Marlesford — American-born orientalist and linguist; major collaborator with Sir James Murray on the Oxford English Dictionary

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) — first woman to openly gain a medical qualification in Britain; created a medical school; first woman mayor in England

Visit our «The Garretts» page, which also outlines the history of Richard Garrett & Sons and The Long Shop.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929) — suffragist leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies; only female statue in Parliament Square

Philip Wilson Steer, OM (1860-1942) — Professor of Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, noted for his Impressionist paintings of Walberswick

Flora Sandes (1876–1956) — the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in WWI, as an officer of the Royal Serbian Army

Sir Alfred James Munnings, KCVO, PRA (1878–1959) — b. Mendham; best known for his equine painting; president of the Royal Academy; d. Dedham

Arthur Ransome (1884-1967) — author of Swallows and Amazons  book series including We didn't mean to go to Sea, connected with Pin Mill on the Orwell

Cecil Howard Lay FRIBA (1885-1956) of Aldringham — poet, painter; innovative architect of local buildings incl Aldringham Baptist Church - watch documentary

Margery Spring Rice née Garrett (1887-1970) — "Pioneer of Women's Health in the Early Twentieth Century": for biography see our Ref-ID "BIO MS RICE"

Basil Brown (1888-1977) made "one of the most important archaeological discoveries" — the C7th Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo (1939), now NT

George Orwell (1903-1950) — author of Nineteen EIghty-Four and Animal Farm, lived in Southwold and commemorated in a mural at the pier there

George Ewart Evans (1909–1988) of Blaxhall — writer, collector of oral history and the oral tradition of E.Anglia (including "Ask The Fellows Who Cut The Hay")

Dr Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994) of Beccles — Nobel Prize winner for advanced X-ray crystallography, leading to development of synthetic penicillin

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) — Peter Grimes  and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra ; founded Aldeburgh Festival, then Snape Maltings concert hall.
                           Besides the WIkipedia article, there is another excellent one about his life at https://peoplepill.com/people/benjamin-britten/.  Also see panel below.

☞  also visit:  http://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/people/suffolk-men/ and  ... suffolk-women/

"Suffolk Magazine" biographies can be downloaded here of Cardinal Wolsey and Basil Brown, by local historical author Sarah Doig (articles 6 and 3 respectively)
Sarah has also serialised, as an audio-book, her "The Little History of Suffolk", available for hearing online here.

 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

 

Read here about his home in Snape's Old Mill, 1937-47.

Read here about Maggi Hambling's "Scallop",
commemorating Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" (1945).

See photos of him at home in Aldeburgh in the 1960's.

 

image by Benhall artist Jenny Toombs (1940-2018),
who also designed the title banner
for our local "Ebb and Flow" magazine

 

 

FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE 

 

also click on either image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk (1143-1221) — builder of Framlingham Castle, and a leading baron forcing King John's assent to Magna Carta

 

Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554) — uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (both beheaded); was due for execution too when Henry VIII died in 1547

 

"Bloody" Mary I (1516-1558) — daughter of Catherine of Aragon; 1553: declared Queen at Framlingham to oust Lady Jane Grey (the "Nine Days' Queen"), thereby becoming England's first undisputed "queen regnant"; oversaw the Counter-Reformation 

"Veritas temporis filia" — "Truth is the daughter of time"