Forncett History Group

Previous Meetings

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The Forncett History Group met on 15 June at Forncett St Edmund’s. The officers were confirmed for the coming year, as was the agreement to have an annual £10 membership subscription. Reports were given on the two recent visits by members of the group.

On 13 May a small group visited the Landscape Archaeology Unit at Gressenhall Museum, where Dr Alice Cattermole had made an interesting selection of aerial photographs of Forncett to back up her talk about the continually developing record of the local landscape in former times. The facility at the LAU has improved noticeably since our last visit; the computerized database is more impressive and also viewable by projection, with various overlays and comparisons possible from a variety of mapping records – tithing and Ordnance Survey maps of various types. These are then used with data relating to buildings and archaeological features to establish ‘snapshots’ of the landscape at various times. Thanks to Alice’s local knowledge and expertise we gained a great deal from the visit and are certainly keen to visit again. It was pointed out that input from Forncett folk would be much appreciated to add to the information already on file. In fact a member brought a number of items found in their house, and these are at present being analysed at the LAU.

Forncett St.Peter War Memorial

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1939-1945I am researching into the backgrounds of the soldiers named on St. Peter’s War Memorial. (St.Mary’s was completed by Raymond Harvey in 2004). I now have much information, and have found photographs of 17 of the 21 WW1 soldiers on these Memorials.

I am therefore trying to trace photographs of:

Edwin Charles Gostling, who almost certainly lived in Bentley Road, Forncett End, and whose family lived in the same house until the mid 1990s. So far I have been unable to find any details of a memorial or grave save he died of wounds in Flanders, France.

Ernest Pymer, son of Mr. & Mrs Pymer of Long Stratton, and husband of Dorothy Pymer, living in Tabernacle Lane, also Forncett End.

World War 2 and Memories of Forncett - History Group meeting 23rd June 2010

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A small group of members met at St Edmund's Church and were interested to learn from John Webster more about Life in the Forncetts 1937 - 1947. He informed us that a Lewis Gun had been mounted outside St Edmund's Church for the Home Guard to practise with. Several members also discussed the possibility of holding interviews with elderly residents of the village to record their own personal memories of those times, so that first hand evidence could be gathered for the archive. The group would welcome any information from other residents about this period too. 

Jackie Scully reported on her research on the names of the fallen from WW1 who have been commemorated on the War Memorial in St Peter's churchyard. It is hoped that when her research is complete the History Group will be able to produce a booklet about them which will be availabe in the Forncett churches for visitors to read.

The third topic for the evening was The Sale Yard and Forncett Station. Once again it was decided that personal memories would be best and it would therefore be beneficial to interview those who had some part in these enterprises. Any memories or information will be valued and should be passed to John Webster.

John Webster and Jackie Scully reported briefly on their participation in the recent Carleton Rode archaeological dig and it is hoped that this type of investigation may be possible also in the Formcetts.

Windmills, the Internet and the Itch Ward

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Union-House-GressenhallThe workhouse at Gressenhall is an imposing place with its high, stark walls and grim windows.  You would never guess that inside there is a fascinating collection of information about the Forncetts – but there is.  Eleven of us from the History Group were welcomed by Alice Cattermole, an Historic Environment Record Officer, to dabble our toes in an ocean of knowledge.