Friday, 10 July 2015

Past copies of the G&F magazine are now available on line

Please click here to access past copies of the G&Fmagazine.

Also links to past copies of the Felsham and Gedding history magazine - SIGNPOSTS TO LOCAL HISTORY.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Felsham and Gedding History Quiz

How much do you know about the history of our two villages? 

Test yourself by trying the questions below. 

The font in Felsham Church

  1. Who was rector of Felsham from 1822 to 1872?

  2. Who lived at Felsham House from 1931 until his death in 1952?

  3. What was the name of Felsham House when it was first built at the end of the 19th century?

  4. What is special about the font in St Peter’s Church

  5. Who lived in Gedding Hall in 1811?

  6. Mrs Walmsley at Grange Farm, Gedding kept a famous cattle herd in the 70s and 80s.  What breed were they?

  7. What was the name of the shopkeeper and sub-postmaster of Upper Green during the 1920s and 1930s?

  8. What was the name of the beer-house on Upper Green during the 19th century?

  9. In which decade did Gedding Church undergo major restoration?

  10. What was the function of Gedding Church’s Leper Grating?

  11. Who provided land for a new Felsham and Gedding school at the end of the 19th century?

  12. In 1926 Valley Farm was destroyed by fire.  Where did the family live while the farm was being re-built?

  13. What was the nickname for the old scout hut that was situated in Cockfield Road

  14. Why is 1268 an important date in Felsham’s history?

  15. Which Felsham farm hosted the Lamb Fair which took place every August?

  16. Who was Lord of the Manor of Gedding in 1494?

  17. Which Felsham pauper family was sent to Lancashire in 1836?

  18. What was the Christian name of the gentleman farmer belonging to the Cocksedge family who was buried in Felsham churchyard in 1469?

  19. In which decade during the Middle Ages was the Felsham Charity probably set up?

  20. How much did it cost to rent a quarter acre allotment in Felsham in 1840?

Many of the answers can be found in recent editions of ‘the G&F’ and on the History Club website -

The summer edition of the community magazine for Gedding and Felsham – the G&F – is available from the Felsham Post Office Stores, price £3.    

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Felsham & Gedding History Quiz, August 2013


Henry VII, Lord of the Manor, Gedding c. 1494

  1. Rev Thomas Anderson

  2. Sir John Tilley

  3. Yewlands         

  4. It is really two fonts: the base of the octagonal font was the top part of another older mid-14th century font.

  5. Mrs Cole who kept excellent Suffolk red and white cows

  6. Red Polls

  7. Mr W H Ince

  8. The Live and Let Live

  9. The 1880s

  10. It was a small window through which villagers suffering from leprosy might watch services at a safe distance from other worshippers.

  11. Mrs Anderson

  12. In the Reading Room by the Rectory

  13. “The Coker”

  14. In 1268, Felsham was granted the right to hold an annual fair and a weekly market?

  15. Maidenhall farm

  16. Henry VII after the execution for treason of the previous Lord of the Manor - Sir Robert Chamberlyn

  17. In 1836, William and Mary Gill with their nine children were sent to work for a notorious Lancashire mill owner called William Hulton.

  18. Baldewin

  19. 1450s

  20. 10 shillings (the equivalent of a week’s wages for a Felsham farm labourer)

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

On Sale in Felsham PO Stores from 1st July


Exciting articles of local interest including:

  • Felsham Upper Green and Bury Road
  • The Felsham Shop 1900 to 1940
  • Summer Excursion to Gedding Church 1889
  • Compiegne
  • Irises
  • The Felsham Lamb Fair
  • The Reading Room
  • The Chamberlains of Gedding Hall
  • “Billy Wix” - the Barn Owl
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Peter Wragge Supplies

 in producing this edition of the G&F community magazine.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Welcome to the summer edition of the G&F magazine

The magazine will soon be on sale in the Felsham and PO Stores price £3
The G&F – the community magazine written by and for the people of Gedding and Felsham. 
The magazine is published twice a year and provides a means for local people to express themselves and share their thoughts and ideas.  This edition has a largely historical flavour with original articles and features covering many centuries of history in our two villages.  Some of the articles may be helpful in providing ideas for people interested in entering the design competition for the proposed Felsham Village Sign.  In addition to the historical items there is a fascinating feature on the Compiegne Twining organisation and its recent visit to France.  There is also a very interesting article on barn owls in Felsham.

To reflect the historical flavour of this edition of the G&F the cover shows a postcard picture of Felsham Upper Green photographed around 1930.  This photograph is also featured on the home page of the Felsham & Gedding History Group website that can be found at  This website contains much that will fascinate villagers interested in local history.


Past & Present:  Felsham Upper Green and Bury Road

Introduction, contents and acknowledgements

Poetry and Gardening: Irises  

History: The Felsham Shop 1900 to 1940

History: A Summer Excursion to Gedding Church

Twinning: Compiegne

Felsham & Gedding History Group: The Reading Room

History:  The Felsham Fair

History:  The Chamberlains of Gedding Hall

Ornithology: “Billy Wix” - the Barn Owl

Friday, 24 May 2013

The 2013 summer edition of the G&F magazine

The next edition of our Gedding & Felsham community magazine will be on sale towards the end of June.  The cover will feature a view of Bury Road, Felsham from a 1930s postcard.

We welcome contributions - short or long - from everyone in Gedding and Felsham.  Writings, drawings, photographs (not necessarily about our villages) will be gratefully received.

Please send contributions to Christopher by 10th June.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The Winter 2012-13 issue is now on sale

The new literary magazine for Gedding and Felsham is now available.  It costs £3 and is on sale in the Felsham PO Stores.  It will also be on sale at the Felsham and Gedding Christmas Fair on
Sunday 2 December, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.


Many local people have contributed and the contents includes:

  • The Ash Tree Crisis
  • The Questionnaire - a local resident responds
  • A short story about moving to Suffolk from London in the 1950s
  • Living in Felsham and renovating old houses
  • Morris dancing
  • A biography of Sir John Tilley
  • Gardening: Garlic chives
  • Local history - Farm sales
  • Poetry based on the font in Felsham Church
  • and photographs entitled "Gedding Winter Scenes"
Any profits from the sale of the magazines will go to the Felsham and Gedding Churches and the Village Hall Car Park Hedge Fund.