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No. 119

November 2012

PROGRAMME Wednesday 12th December 2012 at 7.30pm. Paddy Heazell. The Story of the Secret Military Site at Orfordness. Paddy has researched the history of the testing station at Orfordness, established in 1912 , and has written a book ‘Most Secret’ on the subject. Wednesday 9th January 2013 at 7.30pm. David Eddeshaw. Pakenham Water Mill. David is curator of the mill, operated by the Suffolk Preservation Society. Wednesday 13th February 2013 at 7.30pm. The Use of Bricks from Roman Times to Today. Peter Minter. A return visit from Peter, who runs the Bulmer brickworks just over the border in Essex, one of the few local brickworks still operational. Wednesday 13th March 2013 at 7.30pm. Phillip Tolley, Internet Sources of Information. Where did you get that map? How did you find that photograph? Answers to these and other questions the speaker (Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Chairman) is asked. A non-technical guide. Wednesday 10th April 2013 at 7.30pm. Tony Broster. The Early Years of the Gas Industry in Suffolk. The gas industry developed on a piecemeal basis, individual towns providing their own gas works and mains. Only much later was a national grid created. Tony will reveal the different ideas found in the early days. Venue: All indoor meetings are held at the Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich. Parking and access is via the rear of the museum. Note the new venue, which has been booked for the remainder of the season. The Castle Hill venue is now run by new operators, following its divestment by Suffolk County Council, and hire rates have increased.

WELCOME Graeme Parry, a resident of Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, has been recruited to our society. Graeme is compiling a book on the Suffolk brickmaking industry, building on the work started by Bill Bowers of Bury St Edmunds, and we hope he enjoys his membership of the SIAS. RECENT PLANNING APPLICATIONS Babergh District Council B/12/00911/CAC/JD Demolition of cast iron girder and concrete slab bridge deck at Scotland Street, Stoke-by-Nayland (cast iron girders to be reused in the replacement). B/12/01001/FHA/AS Erection of canopy over front door of 2 Roper’s Court, Lavenham (former horse-hair weaving factory). B/12/01052/FUL/GD Retail development at former Brett Works, Bridge Street, Hadleigh. Ipswich Borough Council IP/12/00810/DEM Demolition of former Dairy Crest buildings, Boss Hall Road. Mid Suffolk District Council 2488/12/FUL Formation of residential dwelling at former RAF Horham Base, Low Road, Denham. Air Raid Shelters to be retained for visitor viewing. Suffolk Coastal District Council C/12/0689 Erection of Southwold Railway heritage centre at land at south and east of pumping station, Blyford Lane, Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet. C/12/1916 Reinstallation of windows at stable block, Snape Maltings, C/12/1917 Snape Bridge, Tunstall. C/12/1993 Change of roof finish to natural slate to new extension at The Forge, Snape Maltings, Snape Bridge, Tunstall. THE NEWSLETTER The Newsletter is produced four times a year by Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society. Contributions from members are welcomed. Thanks this time to John Jones who has provided the snippets about the Woodbridge cinema projector and the Ironbridge printing press. Chairman: S.Worsley, 24 Abbotsbury Close, Ipswich, IP2 9SD (01473 405116). Secretary: Position currently vacant. Treasurer: Position currently vacant. Newsletter distributor: John Jones. Those wishing to receive the Newsletter electronically are urged to contact John at To cut costs, all who are able to receive their Newsletters in this way are encouraged to make arrangements to do so. Website: We do not presently have our own website, but we do have a presence on the River Gipping Trust’s site ( and also on the Association for Industrial Archaeology site (

ABSTRACTS Journals of other Societies frequently arrive on your Chairman’s doormat; in order to give members some idea of what these contain, we reproduce the contents below. If anything sounds to be of interest, please contact the Chairman and he will arrange for photocopies of the relevant article to be made. Suffolk Review, New Series 59, Autumn 2012. The CMVC in Suffolk – the First Caravan Journey in 1893, by Hilary Marlow. Brass Bands in Suffolk, by David Cawdell. The ‘Brunel of East Anglia’, Peter Schuyler Bruff 1812 – 1900. A Suffolk BiCentenary, by Ruth Serjeant. Suffolk’s Earliest Football Match at Hollesley in 1320 (in Whitsuntide Week?) by Dr. John Ridgard. A Tale of Two Brothers: Henry Crabb Robinson and Thomas Robinson, by Peter Hepple. Wickhambrook at Work 1841 – 1901, by Michael Fitzgerald. ‘This Ipswich Fellow’s Insolence’: Thomas Wolsey Again, by Michael Stone. The Local Historian, Vol. 42 No. 3, August 2012. Civic Pride on an International Stage: the Liverpool ‘Shipperies’, 1886, by Murray Steele and Mike Benbough-Jackson. ‘With Right Good Will’: Haslingden Catholics Celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, by John Dunleavy. Nineteenth Century Customs and the Maintenance of Social Equilibrium in an Oxfordshire Village, by Mavis Curtis. Anxiety, Dread and Disease in the Ports of Liverpool and Tynemouth during the midNineteenth Century, by Sarah Hutton. Yorkshire Luddism: Image and Reality 1812 – 2012, by John A. Hargreaves. Farm Reportage in the Derbyshire Advertiser 1910 – 1915: Assessment and Interpretation, by Roger Dalton. Opinion: Identity, Place and Local History, by William Evans. Industrial Archaeology News, 162, Autumn 2012. Portland Works, Sheffield and the Centenary of Stainless Steel, by Derek Bayliss. Wellington Wheelpit, by Peter Bone. Hoylandswaine Nail Forge, by Derek Bayliss. Chaldron Waggons, by Mark Sissons. Talyllyn Weighbridge Restored, by Don Newing. London Bridge Station Redevelopment, by Robert Carr. Crofton, by Bruce Hedge. Industrial Archaeology News 163, Winter 2012. The AIA Goes to Essex, by Roger Ford and others. Power Station to be Preserved?, by Stuart Tappin. (Battersea). Newcomen at the Black Country Museum. AIA Spring Tour – Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, by Bill Barksfield. Ditherington Flax Mill, Shrewsbury. London Bridge Station, by Robert Carr. Grimsby Ice Factory, by Henry Gunston.

Minutes of the AGM held on 12th October 2012 at Ipswich Transport Museum Present: 13 members. 1. The meeting opened at 1940. 2. Apologies for Absence R.Fearn, S.Shaw. 3. Minutes of Previous Meeting The minutes had been published in the November Newsletter. They were taken as read, and accepted as a true record, this being proposed by T.Gibbs and seconded by J.Jones. 4. Matters Arising Work on the Gazetteer (Any Other Business, last AGM minutes refers) was ongoing. 5. Accounts Copies of the Income and Expenditure Account were available at the meeting. A small surplus had been made, in contrast to the small deficits of the past few years. Before discussing the subscription levels for 2012 – 2013, the venue for meetings and the production of the Newsletter required discussion as these could have resulted in increased costs. Castle Hill Community Centre was now operated by Young Suffolk, and prices had doubled. The Ipswich Transport Museum had kindly allowed us the use of their premises for the AGM, and it was decided to seek the continued use of this venue; costs would be higher than the old Castle Hill price but lower than the new price. Alternatives discussed included Village Halls and St. Mary le Tower Church Hall. It was suggested that Suffolk County Council had a list of venues available for educational purposes. A new volunteer to copy the newsletter had come forward, and it was estimated that costs here would be no greater than at present. As a result of the foregoing, it was proposed by R.Malster and seconded by J.Furlong that subscription rates remain at their present levels, and this was accepted by the meeting. The accounts were accepted unanimously, following the proposal of T.Gibbs, seconded by B.Barnard. John Jones agreed to continue as Independent Examiner of Accounts. 6. Election of the Committee Steve Worsley, Tim Gibbs and Bob Malster had agreed to continue in their present roles. It proving impossible to elect a secretary or treasurer, it was proposed by J.Jones and seconded by R.Barnard that they be re-elected en bloc for a further term. 7. Any Other Business A vote of thanks to the committee for their work was proposed by J.Jones and seconded by J.Furlong. 8. The meeting closed for business at 20.10.




Subscriptions Donations Bank deposit interest


335.00 46.00 0.97 381.97

330 26 1 357

Expenditure Insurance Affiliations Stationery and Newsletter Meetings - room hire & refreshments speakers' expenses Postage Bank charges

58.00 64.00 33.41 36.00 135.00 49.32

58 49 37 63 115 56 0 375.73 6.24

Surplus/(Deficit) for the year

378 (21)

BALANCE SHEET at 30th SEPTEMBER 2012 Current assets Cash at bank - current account deposit account Cash in hand Debtors and prepayments Less: Creditors (Subscriptions paid in advance)

Net Assets

64.23 976.51 2.04

40 975 1

1,042.78 20.00




1,016.54 6.24

1,023 (21) 14 1,016

Accumulated fund Balance brought forward Surplus/(deficit) for the year Extraordinary income - sale of books Balance carried forward



Independent Examiner's Report

I have independently examined the accounts of the Society for the year ended 30th September 2012. My responsibilities are to: Identify whether or not proper accounting records have been kept Check that the accounts above agree with the accounting records. Look for possible significant errors in the accounts. Check that the accounts have been properly prepared No matters have arisen during the course of my examination where I have to give an adverse report.

..........…………..…...........................J.M.Jones 4th October 2012 Hines Farm, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

AIA NEWS Recently-retired SIAS founder member John Jones has not taken long to find something to do with all his newly-found time, as at the recent conference of the Association for Industrial Archaeology he was elected to the post of treasurer of the organisation. That a small society in a rural county should have two representatives on the council of the national body (David Alderton being the other) is no small achievement. A programme of visits to sites in Essex and adjoining counties was included in the conference, and participants were encouraged to nominate what they felt to be the most interesting visit. That honour was given to a Suffolk location, the Ipswich Transport Museum, a well-deserved accolade. Deserved recognition was given to the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society in the AIA’s 2012 awards; the NIAS Journal for 2011 scooped the award as the best in its category.

WOODBRIDGE RIVERSIDE THEATRE RETIRES ITS OLD PROJECTOR No more 35mm film will be distributed to cinemas after the end of this year, so cinemas that have not already done so are having to replace their projectors with a modern digital version. At Woodbridge the cinema has a Victoria 5 projector that has been in use there since the early 1980s and at the end of July it was taken out of use. Some of the bulkier parts have been discarded but most of the projector has been retained and will be put on display in the cinema. A 4-minute video has been made to commemorate the occasion and this includes interviews with several former projectionists. To see the video, go to

SEARCH FOR A PRINTING PRESS The Ironbridge Gorge Museum are currently looking for a treadle powered printing press ideally dating from the late 19th century to compliment the existing collection of working machines at Blists Hill Victorian Town. They require a complete machine with a printing area of approximately 9” x 14” complete with roller stocks and bearers and in working condition. They also require the machine to have at least two machine chases to accompany it. Any machines would be considered including H.S.Croppers, Jarrolds, Arab, Minerva and Heidelberg. If you know of such a machine, and given the county’s rich printing heritage, one would hope something similar might be found lurking unwanted in storage somewhere, the Curatorial Officer for Coalbrookdale, Central Ironbridge and Jackfield, Gillian Crumpton, would be pleased to hear from you at

SUFFOLK WINDMILLS OFFER Suffolk Windmills, written by Brian Flint, is widely recognised as the definitive book on the subject. It was first published in 1979 and has long been out of print. It has now been reprinted and is available in local bookshops. In addition to explaining the technicalities of mills and the work of the miller and millwright, a survey lists all known mill remains in Suffolk and a gazetteer provides details of all known windmills in the county. In its 192 pages may be found 70 monochrome illustrations. The book is priced at £12.99 (good value – your Chairman’s 1979 edition cost £7.95 over 30 years ago!) and has the ISBN 978 I 84383 723 7. Publishers Boydell & Brewer of Woodbridge are happy to offer SIAS members a 25% discount on the cover price, bringing the cost down to £9.74. Orders can be placed by phone on 01394 610600, by fax on 01394 610316, by email at or on line at . Use of the latter means of placing an order brings a further advantage of free postage if placed before 31st December 2012. Otherwise postage is £3.00 in the UK. Please quote the offer code 12344 to ensure the discount is given. The offer ends 31st March 2013.

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Subscriptions for the year commencing October 1st 2012 are now being accepted. Rates remain as last year, as follows: Full Membership £10.00 Family Membership £15.00 (includes husband, wife, and any children up to age 18). Student membership £8.00 (aged 25 or under and undergoing full-time education). Please return the tear-off portion over, together with the appropriate remittance (cheques to be made payable to ‘Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society’) to the Chairman: S. Worsley, 24 Abbotsbury Close, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9SD .

FURTHER NEW PUBLICATIONS The Association for Industrial Archaeology organise an annual conference, with the associated publication of a gazetteer of sites in the relevant county. 2012’s conference was held at Writtle, thus this year’s publication, written by Tony Crosby, provides A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Essex. 68 pages in A5 portrait format are crammed with the details of 277 sites to be discovered in our neighbouring county. Priced at £5.50 the booklet carries the ISBN 978 0 9560251 1 1. Bury St Edmunds’ Heritage Guides have produced several booklets detailing different aspects of the history of one of Suffolk’s more attractive towns. Bury St Edmunds Businesses is the most recent of these, which in its 36 pages gives 27 memories and recollections of the past of a number of prominent businesses in the town. Falling within our remit are construction plant manufacturer Barber, Greene & Olding, Burlinghams seed merchants, brewers Greene King, and engineer Robert Boby. Entries are also provided for the gas works in the town, the railway station, and the various mills in the area. Illustrated with colour photographs, the softback booklet is available from the Tourist Information Office on Angel Hill. Just sufficient space here to note that Bob Malster’s Maritime Norfolk Vol. 1 has just been published at a cover price of £19.99. All Norfolk ports with the exception of Yarmouth (to be covered in Vol.2) are included. More next time, if it hasn’t sold out by then. SUFFOLK RECORD OFFICE EVENTS The programme of talks, courses and guided walks organised by the Suffolk Record Office for the early part of 2013 has been published – leaflets are available at the Record offices and Tourist Information Centres and further information can be found at Included are talks on the Story of Suffolk’s Parish Workhouses by Ray Whitehand, the Heritage of Brick and Brickworks in East Anglia by Roger Kennell, and From Cottage to Council House by Clive Paine. An East Anglian Film Archive show featuring transport is also proposed. ----------------------------------------------------------SUFFOLK INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY I wish to renew my membership of the S.I.A.S. for 2012 – 2013 and enclose £. . . . . . . in payment. (Signed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Address. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...................................... ...................................... Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Please return this slip with the remittance to the Chairman: S. Worsley, 24 Abbotsbury Close, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 9SD.

Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society Newsletter No 119  
Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society Newsletter No 119  

SIAS Newsletter No. 119 November 2012