Foxearth & District Local History Society – Report of Meeting – 8th September

For its meeting on 8th September the District Society welcomed Martin Roper who talked about Anglo Saxon East Anglia through the eyes of a dog-walker. Mr Roper demonstrated an obvious enthusiasm for his subject as he showed an abundance of slides of evidence of  Saxon invasion and occupation. In this part of the country there are numerous burial mounds (tumuli); the courses of ancient ditches or dykes can be traced on maps and excavations have uncovered some remarkably beautiful brooches and clasps. Perhaps the most well-known relic is the Sutton Hoo Viking long boat of which there are several modern replicas afloat. Martin displayed an admirable fluency as he gave a brief master class in Saxon vowel sounds explaining how many towns and villages have their origins in these very early settlements. Chairman Alan Fitch thanked Mr Roper on behalf of the 15 members and guests present.

The Society’s President, Ashley Cooper spoke about the current archaeological explorations at Goldingham Hall, Bulmer and urged visitors to come and see what’s going on during the coming weekend (12th and 13th Sept). The Chairman explained that members had been invited by the Long Melford Society to attend a talk in the Old School on 17th September by Clive Paine on Bury St Edmunds in the Magna Carta era.

Next meeting:7.30pm 13th October in Foxearth Village Hall when Mrs Judith Blatch will talk about the history of her family business.

Ken Nice

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