This modern statue above the porch of St Edmund’s church in Southwold, depicts the ancient King Edmund of the East Angles. He was entombed in the abbey at Bury St Edmunds in 903. According to the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, he died in 869 at the hands of the Vikings, either in battle or for his refusal to renounce Christ after his capture. King Edmund was originally considered one of the patron saints of England, along with St Edward the Confessor.
ST EDMUND THE MARTYR
This beautiful depiction of a pelican in a window at Sudbourne Church is finely detailed. The pelican was believed to pierce its own flesh to feed its young rather than see them die of hunger.A nearby window illustrates the Lamb of God in the same elegant style.
FINE STAINED GLASS IN SUDBOURNE CHURCH
The only prominent building in the Sandlings landscape, the keep has always been a sea-mark and was formerly lit by a brazier. To guard his new port at Orford, Henry II built the castle in the late 12th century. Four centuries later the outer walls were quarried for building materials and the keep alone survives. See Orford Museum.
KEEP OF ORFORD CASTLE
A major contribution which focuses on an area of Suffolk little known apart from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo. It commemorates dramatic and tragic events in the lives of men and women in this corner of East Suffolk.NOW AVAILABLE IN E-BOOK FORMATFREE OF CHARGENow reformatted as a Kindle file.Download the ebook and view on a Kindle device or via the Kindle Reader app.
UNTOLD TALES FROM THE SUFFOLK SANDLINGS
Valerie Fenwick and Vic Harrup
Leading Suffolk historian, Norman Scarfe, writes . . .“The story is told with marvellous skill and learning, and will excite everyone interested in the local history of England”
FORTHCOMINGMajor article now in press in theAntiquaries Journal SUTTON HOO PERSPECTIVE:RE-IMAGING THE SHIP AND THE BURIALby Valerie Fenwick, FSASutton Hoo, Suffolk, is a sixth-seventh century AD cemetery with a mixture of burials. Mound I, the largest, contained a ship-burial and is the subject of this paper. The grave is presumed to be of Raedwald, king of East Anglia from c.AD599-c.625. First excavated in 1939, work was curtailed by war. Despite subsequent re-excavation and a lengthy programme of research, questions remain.
The impressive west door of Orford church. St Bartholomew’s church, along with the nearby castle keep, dominate this quiet east Suffolk village which was once an important port.