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Preserving Glemsford's

past for future generations

Glemsford Local History Society

Glemsford is a village in the county of Suffolk in England. It sits on a small hill above the River Stour and the River Glem, from which it takes its name.


Glemsford is an ancient village, dating back to Domesday, and before. Although it may have acquired its nickname only last century, it is possible to trace the history of the village across many more centuries through the huge variety of buildings and fieldnames.




About Us

Glemsford Local History Society has been active for many years now, and is dedicated to the study and distribution of the details of Glemsford's past.


We aim to encourage the better understanding of the past and present through lectures, activities, visits and research.



Latest Publication

We are delighted to announce a new Glemsford Local History Society publication, entitled “Shops and Services of Glemsford”.


This can be ordered for £7.00 to include p&p.

We still have a few remaining copies of our previous publication “Pubs and Inns of Glemsford, Past and Present” available at the same price. If you would like to order both publications, you can do so for total price of £14.00, to include p&p

Please send a cheque payable to GLHS to:

GLHS, 15 New Cut, Glemsford, Suffolk, CO10 7SF, with a note to say which publication you would like to order and name and address to which it should be sent.

Tracing your family tree?

We are not a family history society and do not hold census or similar records. 

Our secretary will always try to answer general questions about the village, based upon her own personal knowledge and not on formal research. If unable to answer a query herself, she will pass it on to someone in the village, whom she thinks might be able to help. This of course may take some time.


A member of our society, Laurie Page, is a family history researcher with 20 years experience and he is willing to undertake family research. There might be some minimal expenses, depending on the depth of research requested. For more information and details Laurie can be contacted directly via email or telephone: on 07545 801445

You may alternatively find the information you require at the Suffolk Record Office. They also run a website for archives found here at Suffolk Archives.

There is also a Suffolk Family History website which may be able to help with your enquiries. 


If you have information on particular people or properties in Glemsford, which you would be willing to have added to the website we would of course be delighted to receive it.


Glemsford Local History Society meet on the second Thursday of the month in Glemsford Primary School Hall at 7.30pm.


We have a wide range of speakers, visits to places of local interest and other events to celebrate our life in ‘Glorious Glemsford’.


Membership costs just £12 per annum. Visitors £2.50 per time.

The Society regrets that due to the ongoing covid restrictions, there are no meetings planned for the foreseeable future.

The People of Glemsford

Find out more about the families of Glemsford throughout the centuries from personal accounts to sourced information.