More stories from a Suffolk village
ISBN: 978-0-9555417-0-4 204 pages, paperback, 210mm x 297mm (~A4).
106 B & W photographs, 9 maps and plans and 32 pen & ink illustrations Published by Kisumu Books, March 2007.
About the Book
This local history came about as a result of the enthusiastic response from readers of Sheila Wright's first book of Drinkstone history, "Drinkstone School and Village, A Suffolk History". The stories in this second volume were largely contributed by readers of the first book, who wrote to the author giving their own memories and research, or gave up hours of their time to tell her their stories. Once again, they provide an enchanting, nostalgic and often awe-inspiring insight into country lives during recent centuries. Every facet of life is represented - life in war and peace, joy or sorrow, sickness or health, of destitute cottagers, hard-working labourers and domestics, priests, professional or tradespeople - even of landed gentry and "noblemen". Sincere thanks are due to the many folk who lent treasured family photographs for inclusion in this history.
Sheila Wright used Census and Directory information, documents and registers from All Saints' church in Drinkstone, editions of the Drinkstone Newsletter, and Suffolk Archive resources, to confirm and extend many of the stories she was told. The stories are put into context of time and place through inclusion of historic maps, and a demographic overview of the village in the 19th century.
The book includes studies of several historic cottages, farmhouses, and imposing country houses in the parish. Owners and past owners of these generously offered maps, plans, photographs and knowledge.
Local history and family genealogy are today magnetically fascinating to more and more people - so to make their research less arduous, Sheila has included a most useful appendix containing full Drinkstone Census Returns of the years 1851 and 1901, further County Directory information, a list of rectors of the parish from the 13th century to the present day and brief facts about All Saints' church.
All drawings, maps and plans in this book are the work of the author.
Sheila Wright M.A. (née Jones) was born in 1939. Educated at Wyggeston School in Leicester, Bretton Hall in Yorkshire and the U.E.A. in Norwich, she taught in many village schools (almost half of them Church of England Controlled Schools), first in Hertfordshire, then in Suffolk. She is married to Ron, a music teacher and band master. Sheila is a Lay Reader in the Church of England. Her hobbies include music, drawing and painting, gardening, keeping poultry, escapism in the French countryside, and enjoying the company of her children and twelve grandchildren.
She has described her experience in France in her earlier book Bon Courage, Mes Amis! which we published in May 2002. It is obviously such a good title as another publisher subsequently produced a book with an identical title, with which it should not be confused!
The book can be obtained from Mrs Sheila Wright, "Kisumu", The Street, Wickham Skeith, Eye, Suffolk IP23 8LP. Please make cheques, drawn in sterling on a UK bank, for £ 10.99 + p+p, payable to "Mrs S Wright".
If this book is ordered with its companion volume "Drinkstone School and Village, A Suffolk History" the total cost is £21.98 + p+p.
The book was launched in March 2007, in the Memorial Hall at Drinkstone, near Bury St. Edmunds.
Copies are available.