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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.




Latest Publication

We are delighted to announce the arrival of another G.L.H.S. publication.

This is, as the poster indicates a beautifully illustrated and well researched book, which makes for a fascinating read. It would make an unusual Christmas present this year.

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The book will be available at our monthly meetings and from Glemsford Library,

Hunts Hill Stores and Willow Tree Farm Shop. 

However, if you live some distance away you can still purchase the book by contacting us. 

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.


The Society meet on the second Thursday of the month in Glemsford Primary Academy 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 £3.00 per time.

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The People of Glemsford

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

Sue Tibbets
Belle Vue Red Cross Hospital in Sudbury (WW1)

September 12th 2024

Terry Ward
Station to Station
Cambridge to Colchester Rail Line.

October 10th 2024

Terry O'Donoghue
Bury St Edmunds & Suffolk in the English Civil War.

January 9th 2025

Sarah Doig
A sign of the times.
East Anglian and Suffolk stories of village signs.

February 8th 2025

Bryan Thurlow
Maria Marten and The Red Barn.

March 13th 2025

Ashley Cooper
Heroes and Villains of our Locality.

April 3rd 2025     - First Thursday

Joe Caruth
Clare Castle - It's history and recent excavations.

May 8th 2025

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.

You may 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.

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