Suffolk: Local History Resources

Suffolk is in the region called East of England, which is below Northern England and above the South East region.

The East of England region was created in 1994 and includes the ceremonial counties of:

Suffolk is also part of a geographic area known as East Anglia, along with the counties of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Suffolk borders with Norfolk to the North, Essex to the South, and Cambridgeshire to the west. To the east, the Suffolk Coast consists of 50 miles of heritage coastline and sandy beaches along the North Sea.

Suffolk History Facebook Groups

  • Felixstowe Old Photos
  • Haverhill Family History Group (Member of Suffolk Family History Society)
  • Knodishall Local History Group
  • Worlingworth Local History Group

Suffolk History Resources And Groups

There is a very long list of UK national resources for local history and family history research – therefore they have been given their own page. Many of them include information about the people and places of Suffolk in the past.

In addition, the following resources and groups exist to focus on aspects of Suffolk history:

  • Bury Society (The Bury St. Edmunds Society)
  • Civic Society of Great Yarmouth
  • Clifford Road Air-Raid Shelter Museum
  • Colchester Civic Society
  • Felixstowe Society
  • Friends of Christchurch Park
  • Friends of Holywells Park
  • Friends of Ipswich Museums
  • GeoSuffolk
  • Greenways countryside project
  • Hadleigh Society
  • Harwich Society
  • Hunstanton and District Civic Society
  • Ipswich Archaeological Trust
  • Ipswich Arras Association
  • Ipswich Arts Association
  • Ipswich Art Society
  • Ipswich Bach Choir
  • Ipswich Building Preservation Trust
  • Ipswich Chamber Music Society
  • Ipswich Choral Society
  • Ipswich Conservation Advisory Panel
  • Ipswich Conservation and Design Panel
  • Ipswich & District Photographic Society
  • Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society
  • Ipswich Film Society
  • Ipswich Heritage Forum
  • Ipswich Historic Churches Trust
  • Ipswich Institute
  • Ipswich Jazz Club
  • Ipswich Lettering
  • Ipswich Maritime Trust
  • Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society
  • Ipswich Society
  • Ipswich Symphony Orchestra
  • Ipswich War Memorial project
  • Ipswich Women’s Festival Group
  • Kindred Spirits
  • Norwich Society
  • River Gipping Trust
  • Stowmarket Society
  • Sudbury Society
  • Suffolk Family History Society 
  • Suffolk Institute for Archaeology & History
  • Suffolk Local History Council
  • Suffolk Preservation Society
  • Suffolk Record Office
  • Suffolk Records Society
  • Trianon Music Group
  • Waterfront Life magazine

Towns And Villages Of Suffolk

  • Acton, Akenham, Aldeburgh, Alderton, Aldham, Aldringham, Alpheton, Ampton, Ashbocking, Ashby, Ashfield, Assington, Athelington
  • Babergh, Bacton, Badingham, Badley, Badwell Ash, Ballingdon, Bardwell, Barham, Barking, Barnardiston, Barnby, Barnham, Barningham, Barrow, Barsham, Barton Mills, Battisford, Bawdsey, Baylham, Beccles, Bedfield, Belstead, Benacre, Benhall, Bentley, Beyton, Bildeston, Blaxhall, Bloodsman’s Corner, Blundeston, Blyford, Blythburgh, Botesdale, Boulge, Boxford, Boxted, Boyton, Bradfield Combust, Bradfield St. Clare, Bradfield St George, Braiseworth, Bramfield, Bramford, Brampton, Brandon, Brandeston, Brantham, Bredfield, Brent Eleigh, Bressingham, Brettenham, Bridge Street, Brightwell, Brockford, Brockley, Brome, Brome Street, Bromeswell, Bruisyard, Brundish, Bucklesham, Bulcamp, Bungay, Bures St. Mary, Burgate, Burgh, Burstall, Bury St Edmunds, Butley, Buxhall
  • Campsea Ashe, Capel St. Mary, Carlton Colville, Cavendish, Cavenham, Cattawade, Chantry, Charsfield, Chattisham, Chedburgh, Chediston, Chelmondiston, Chelsworth, Chevington, Chickering, Chillesford, Chilton, Clare, Claydon, Clopton, Cockfield, Coddenham, Combs, Coney Weston, Conyer’s Green, Cookley, Copdock, Cornard Tye, Corton, Cotton, Covehithe, Cowlinge, Cransford, Cratfield, Creeting All Saints, Creeting St Mary, Creeting St Peter, Cretingham, Cross Street, Crowfield, Culford, Culpho
  • Dalham, Dallinghoo, Darsham, Darmsden,Debach, Debenham, Denham, Mid Suffolk, Denham, St Edmundsbury, Dennington, Denston, Depden, Downham Highlodge, Drinkstone, Dunwich
  • Earl Soham, Earl Stonham, Earsham, East Bergholt, Eastbridge, Easton, Easton Bavents, Edwardstone, Ellough, Elmsett, Elmswell, Elveden, Eriswell, Erwarton, Euston, Exning, Eye, Eyke
  • Falkenham, Fakenham Magna, Farnham, Felixstowe, Felixstowe Ferry, Felsham, Finningham, Flatford, Flempton, Flixton, Lothingland, Flixton, The Saints, Flowton, Fornham All Saints, Fornham St Genevieve, Fornham St Martin, Framlingham, Framsden, Freckenham, Fressingfield, Freston, Friston, Frostenden
  • Gazeley, Gedding, Gipping, Gisleham, Gislingham, Glemsford, Gosbeck, Gosling Green, Great Ashfield Great Barton, Great Bealings, Great Blakenham, Great Bradley, Great Bricett, Great Cornard, Great Finborough, Great Glemham, Great Livermere, Great Saxham, Great Thurlow, Great Waldingfield, Great Welnetham, Great Wratting, Gromford, Groton, Grundisburgh, Gunton
  • Hacheston, Hadleigh, Halesworth, Hardwick, Hargrave, Harkstead, Hartest, Hasketon, Haughley, Haverhill, Hawkedon, Hawstead, Hazelwood, Heckfield Green, Helmingham, Hemingstone, Hemley, Hengrave, Henham, Henley, Henstead, Hepworth, Herringfleet, Herringswell, Hessett, Heveningham, Higham, Babergh, Higham, Forest Heath, Hintlesham, Hinton, Hitcham, Hinderclay, Holbrook, Hollesley, Holton St. Mary, Holton St. Peter, Homersfield, Honington, Hoo, Hopton, Horham, Horringer, Hoxne, Hundon, Hunston, Huntingfield
  • Icklingham, Ickworth, Iken, Ilketshall St Andrew, Ilketshall St John, Ilketshall St Lawrence, Ilketshall St Margaret, Ingate Place, Ingham, Ipswich, Ixworth, Ixworth Thorpe
  • Kedington, Kelsale, Kenton, Kentford, Kersey, Kesgrave, Kessingland, Kettlebaston, Kettleburgh, Kirkley, Kirton, Knettishall, Knodishall
  • Lackford, Lakenheath, Langham, Lavenham, Lawshall, Laxfield, Layham, Leiston, Leavenheath, Letheringham, Levington, Lidgate, Lindsey, Lindsey Tye, Linstead Magna, Linstead Parva, Little Bealings, Little Blakenham, Little Bradley, Little Bricett, Little Cornard, Little Fakenham, Little Glemham, Little Livermere, Little Saxham, Little Thurlow, Little Waldingfield, Little Wenham, Little Whelnetham, Little Wratting, Long Melford, Lound, Lowestoft
  • Market Weston, Marlesford, Martlesham, Martlesham Heath, Melton, Mellis, Mendham, Mendlesham, Metfield, Mettingham, Mickfield, Middleton, Milden, Mildenhall, Minsmere, Monewden, Monk Soham, Monks Eleigh, Moulton, Mutford
  • Nacton, Naughton, Nayland, Nedging, Needham Market, Nettlestead, Newbourne, Newmarket, Newton, North Cove, Norton, Nowton
  • Oakley, Occold, Offton, Onehouse, Orford, Otley, Oulton, Oulton Broad, Ousden
  • Pakefield, Pakenham, Palgrave, Parham, Parliament Heath, Peasenhall, Pettaugh, Pettistree, Pinewood, Playford, Polstead, Poslingford, Preston St Mary
  • Ramsholt, Rattlesden, Raydon, Rede, Redisham, Redlingfield, Red Lodge, Rendham, Rendlesham, Reydon, Rickinghall, Ringsfield, Ringshall, Risby, Rishangles, Rodbridge Corner, Rougham, Rumburgh, Round Maple, Rushbrooke, Rushmere, Rushmere St Andrew
  • Sandcroft, Santon Downham, Sapiston, Saxmundham, Saxtead, Saxtead Green, Semer, Shadingfield, Shelland, Shelley, Shimpling, Shimpling Street, Shipmeadow, Shotley, Shottisham, Sibton, Sicklesmere, Sizewell, Snape, Somerleyton, Somersham, Somerton, Sotherton, Sotterley, South Cove, South Elmham, Southolt, Southwold, Spexhall, Sproughton, Stanningfield, Stansfield, Stanstead, Stanton, Sternfield, Stoke Ash, Stoke-by-Clare, Stoke-by-Nayland, Stoke Park, Stonham Aspal, Stonham Parva, Stoven, Stowlangtoft, Stowmarket, Stowupland, Stradbroke, Stradishall, Stratford St Mary, Stratton Hall, Stuston, Stutton, Sudbourne, Sudbury, Sutton, Sweffling, Swilland, Syleham
  • Tannington, Tattingstone, Theberton, Thelnetham, Thorington, Thorndon, Thornham Magna, Thornham Parva, Thorns, Thorpe Morieux, Thorpeness, Thrandeston, Thurston, Thwaite, Timworth, Tostock, Trimley St Martin, Trimley St Mary, Troston, Tuddenham, Tuddenham St Martin, Tunstall
  • Ubbeston, Ufford, Uggeshall, Upthorpe
  • Waldringfield, Walpole, Walsham-le-Willows, Walton, Wangford, Forest Heath, Wangford (near Southwold), Wantisden, Washbrook, Walberswick, Wattisfield, Wattisham, Wenham Magna, Wenhaston, West Row, West Stow, Westerfield, Westleton, Westhall, Westhorpe, Westley, Weston, Wetherden, Wetheringsett, Weybread, Whatfield, Whepstead, Wherstead, Whitton, Wickhambrook, Wickham Green, Wickham Market, Wickham Skeith, Wickham Street, Wilby, Willingham St Mary, Willisham, Wingfield, Winston, Wissett, Wissington, Withersdale, Withersfield, Witnesham, Wixoe, Woodbridge, Woolpit, Woolverstone, Worlington, Worlingham, Worlingworth, Wortham, Wrentham
  • Yaxley, Yoxford

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