History of Chediston & Linstead


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Chediston History From Kelly's Directory 1912 and 1937 respectively.

Read about who lived in Chediston, who owned particular properties etc. Really interesting. Click on the link: Chediston History - Kelly's

Chediston Church - Well worth a read!

Click on the link: Click here

Do you recognise anyone from this photo?

Mary George has kindly sent this to the website with the following note:
Does anyone recognise any of the children in this photo?
Linstead Parva Village Hall, VE party  1945. Toddler seated at front far left is Michael George, 18 month old son of Molly (Aldred) George, nephew of Paul Aldred.   The family lived at Barracks Cottages, Linstead Parva between 1930s and 1950's.   (The cottages were demolished and one modern house stands in their place).

Clive Frost has contacted the website with the following: Re: VE Party 1945 Photo 

Back row: Freddy Read, Margaret Scrivener, Gerald Baker, ? , Cathy Read, John Read, Cecil Oxborough/ Val Chapman, Doreen Price, Frank Chapman.

Middle Row: Ann Reeve, Chris Frost, Francis Frost, ? , Dorothy, Joyce Warren, Audrey Warren, Daphne Warren, Brenda Reeve.

Front Row: Michael George, ? , ? , ?, ?, Heather Keable, Valeria Baker, ? , ? , Ken Price, Terry Reeve.

Hope you find this helpful. My memory is a bit sketchy as I was only one year old at the time and so couldn’t be on this photo but Francis and Chris Frost were.

 Thanks Clive. 

Mary George has now added a further comment to the website:
Thanks for that David, it's nice to know that the picture was of interest to someone, and that he could name names so well despite being only a baby at the time.     I have to say that I realise  I may have made a slight mistake when I sent the photo.    It probably wasn't VE celebration it was more likely VJ celebration a few months later,  judging by my husband's age at the time. 
Mary G
Thanks Mary

Diana Brissie has contacted the website from the US:
It was wonderful to find out who the children are in the photograph from 1945. Does anyone recognise Simon Tong is in the photo? Or Tom Able?
I don't think I am in it!!! 
Diana Brissie
P.S. I might suggest that you do the same with the Home Guard photo from 1944. It would be a challenge, but it would be fun and I do know several of the men. One is my Father and another my Uncle.

Thanks for the comment Diana. Will look into your PS suggestion, although I thought that this had already be done.

Clive Frost writes again:

Re Diana Brissie’s enquiry.   Have noted  your interest Diana, especially your comment about Tom Abell?   My farm abuts what was Tom Abell’s farm (Church Farm) at Linstead Magna, where Peter and Tracey Abell now live.  As such, I knew Tom and his wife Fay reasonably well although obviously Tom was somewhat older than myself, but more to the point, it’s my guess, and I must stress ‘guess’, it could well be Tom in the middle row fourth from left?  Don’t ask me why, but I have always felt that this lad was an Abell.  Nothing more than a hunch.  Happy to be proved wrong.   Love to know who all the babes in arms are myself.

 Keep the comments coming.

 Clive Frost

Thanks Clive.

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'Erratic' Stones in Chediston, Cookley and Linstead Parva

There are several examples of large 'erratic' stones in our area. These stones are formed by glacial action.  (Google: erratic stones Chediston).The Rockstone one is said to have been used as a Druid sacrificial stone! 

Ruth Downing has kindly emailed the website.  She had taken Mr. Holt Wilson to examine the stones and Professor Bellamy had asked Ruth if she had heard from Mr. Wilson.  Here is the letter that Mr. Wilson sent to Professor Bellamy with his considered opinion:

Dear Professor Bellamy,

Ruth Downing has contacted me again on the subject of your local boulders.

My colleague Bob Markham in GeoSuffolk has had a look at samples I showed him, and he says it is most likely that the boulders are examples of calcrete from the Pliocene or Pleistocene periods. Calcrete is formed by lime-rich groundwaters percolating through sand and gravels and cementing the clasts into a natural concrete. Bob says that calcrete is widely found in Pliocene and Pleistocene sands and gravels in Suffolk, but not common as large boulders. The boulders appear to be sitting on glacial drift deposits which date from the Anglian glaciation (c.430,000 years ago), but it is likely that they were formed either in Anglian outwash sands and gravels or in the underlying Crag (c.2 million years old). We may think of them as erratics that have been exhumed and transported by ice action, although we cannot discount human agency as a factor in their placement.

The interesting thing about these boulders is that they have attracted so much human interest in an environment generally devoid of large boulders! They may have formed cult centres for pagan religious activities but we shall never know. The Chediston Cairn has definitely been deliberately broken up, with explosives I think, because that explains the distribution of fragments. The Cairn and the Cookley Stone appear to be lithologically identical; I wonder if they are two chips off a single old block.

Members of GeoSuffolk would like to visit both sites for a field trip. I will make a suggestion to our group that we include them in an excursion next summer.


Kind regards,

Tim Holt-Wilson





Photo attrib. and taken from Sir Alfred Suckling - History of Suffolk - Vol 2 part2 c1840


Read from the volume 'Manors of Suffolk'

Walter Arthur Copinger's 'The Manors of Suffolk' Vol ii - (T.F.Unwin 1905-1911)






Archeological dig in Chediston   


 Read about the recent archaeological dig in Chediston at:http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/press/dpp/2007070301

The following Village History Notes have been located: 

Chediston Unattributed History Notes written circa. 1970 - UNATTRIBUTEDCHEDISTONHISTORYNOTESCIRCA1970.pdf 

Chediston History Notes written 1991 - Chediston1991History.pdf

Linstead Parva Unattributed History Notes written 1991 - UNATTRIBUTEDLINSTEADPARVAHISTORYNOTESCIRCA1991.pdf

Linstead Magna Unattributed History Notes written 1991 - UNATTRIBUTEDLINSTEADMAGNAHISTORYNOTESCIRCA1991.pdf



Your Link to 'Blything'

The aim of this project, is to encourage families living in Blything today to produce a living history of the people of the Blyth in terms of past and present land management and the patterns of work and settlement, and above all their hopes for the future.

A start has been made with 'the Hundred Line', that is to say with the communities strung out along the boundary of the hundred, from Benacre in the north to Cratfield in the west and Thorpeness in the south.

'Blything' an interactive word/picture study of the boundary parishes of the old Blything Hundred.  You can access this at www.blything.wikispaces.com .  The aim is to provide a basic framework to which others can add local contributions. The project began a year ago at Benacre and are working round the boundary, more or less in an anticlockwise direction.  Chediston has just been reached.