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Why the houses in this street got their ‘famous’ names

02 April 2024
Why the houses in this street got their ‘famous’ names

Why the houses in this street got their ‘famous’ names

02 April 2024

Houses in this Victorian terrace have some famous names - historian Martyn Taylor explains why.


The shipwreck which claimed the lives of dozens but spawned phrase ‘women and children first’

26 March 2024
The shipwreck which claimed the lives of dozens but spawned phrase ‘women and children first’

The shipwreck which claimed the lives of dozens but spawned phrase ‘women and children first’

26 March 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor looks at the tragic shipwreck which spawned the phrase ‘women and children first’.


How a sheep changed the fortunes of a town

19 March 2024
How a sheep changed the fortunes of a town

How a sheep changed the fortunes of a town

19 March 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor explains how a town’s fortune was built on wool.


The jewellery shop for which time ran out

12 March 2024
The jewellery shop for which time ran out

The jewellery shop for which time ran out

12 March 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor turns back the clock to look at a well-known jewellery shop.


The strange mystery surrounding this Suffolk murderer’s skull

27 February 2024
The strange mystery surrounding this Suffolk murderer’s skull

The strange mystery surrounding this Suffolk murderer’s skull

27 February 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor retells the intriguing sting-in-the tail story of an infamous Suffolk murderer.


The country house that has gone from ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ to retirement home

20 February 2024
The country house that has gone from ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ to retirement home

The country house that has gone from ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ to retirement home

20 February 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor traces the history of a well-known country house which is now a retirement home.


No buffoonery here: The real Dad’s Army in this Suffolk town

13 February 2024
No buffoonery here: The real Dad’s Army in this Suffolk town

No buffoonery here: The real Dad’s Army in this Suffolk town

13 February 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor explores the history of a town’s Home Guard, a ‘well-organised fighting unit’.


The cemetery where just one small plaque marks 463 of the saddest graves

30 January 2024
The cemetery where just one small plaque marks 463 of the saddest graves

The cemetery where just one small plaque marks 463 of the saddest graves

30 January 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor explores a town cemetery, where 463 stillborn babies were laid to rest.


Why the ‘closed’ signs went up at a once successful brewery

23 January 2024
Why the ‘closed’ signs went up at a once successful brewery

Why the ‘closed’ signs went up at a once successful brewery

23 January 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor explains how a once thriving brewery made way for a housing development.


How war took its toll on this town

16 January 2024
How war took its toll on this town

How war took its toll on this town

16 January 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor looks at the impact of World War One on this Suffolk town.


Meet the characters from this busy street’s past

09 January 2024
Meet the characters from this busy street’s past

Meet the characters from this busy street’s past

09 January 2024

We take trip back in time with historian Martyn Taylor.


How Canon’s musical turn helped many

06 January 2024
How Canon’s musical turn helped many

How Canon’s musical turn helped many

06 January 2024

Historian Martyn Taylor reveals the unusual life-long hobby of a canon.


Five great days when thousands flocked to see spectacular pageant

19 December 2023
Five great days when thousands flocked to see spectacular pageant

Five great days when thousands flocked to see spectacular pageant

19 December 2023

Huge audiences flocked to see a cast of hundreds tell town’s story.


Have you spotted the clues that act as a reminder of this long gone Suffolk company?

12 December 2023
Have you spotted the clues that act as a reminder of this long gone Suffolk company?

Have you spotted the clues that act as a reminder of this long gone Suffolk company?

12 December 2023

The business has gone but traces of this once thriving enterprise remain.


Bats, caves, spas and country houses – we explore the history that surrounds a sprawling housing estate

28 November 2023
Bats, caves, spas and country houses – we explore the history that surrounds a sprawling housing estate

Bats, caves, spas and country houses – we explore the history that surrounds a sprawling housing estate

28 November 2023

Historian Martyn Taylor delves into a housing estate’s past.


The town where the number of pubs has more than halved

21 November 2023
The town where the number of pubs has more than halved

The town where the number of pubs has more than halved

21 November 2023

Where have all the pubs gone? Historian mourns town’s lost drinking holes.


When our Suffolk saint brought thousands to the county

14 November 2023
When our Suffolk saint brought thousands to the county

When our Suffolk saint brought thousands to the county

14 November 2023

It’s St Edmund’s Day next Monday, but the time was when England’s first patron saint had thousands of pilgrims paying homage.


Nostalgia: Martyn Taylor details a special wartime archive

31 October 2023
Nostalgia: Martyn Taylor details a special wartime archive

Nostalgia: Martyn Taylor details a special wartime archive

31 October 2023

Historian Martyn Taylor looks back at an extraordinary archive.


Memories and tales from a long-gone town pub

24 October 2023
Memories and tales from a long-gone town pub

Memories and tales from a long-gone town pub

24 October 2023

Historian Martyn Taylor ‘visits’ a long-closed pub that had one of the country’s longest-serving landladies.


The museum that has been a town house, a police station and a left luggage office

17 October 2023
The museum that has been a town house, a police station and a left luggage office

The museum that has been a town house, a police station and a left luggage office

17 October 2023

This popular town centre building is home to some gruesome relics.