LOCAL HEROES (and a very few villains)
⎋ — links so annotated lead initially to another page on this website for further selections
William Dowsing (1596–1668) — b. Laxfield; 1643/44: Puritan "Commissioner for the destruction of monuments of idolatry and superstition" in the Civil War
Daniel Defoe né Foe (c.1660-1731) — pamphleteer, spy, writer of Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders and Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722
John Frere FRS FSA (1740-1807), "who from his [Paleolithic / Old Stone Age] discoveries at Hoxne was the first to realise the immense antiquity of mankind"
George Crabbe (1754-1832) — poet: The Village and The Borough (influenced Britten's Peter Grimes) ; clergyman in Parham, Gt Glemham and Rendham
⎋ Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) — born in Burnham Thorpe (Norfolk); killed during his final Napoleonic Wars victory at the Battle of Trafalgar
Joshua Chard "The Suffolk Hero" (1812-1875) — Aldeburgh longshoreman and unlicensed pilot, who "piloted over 100 boats to safety, ... a record unsurpassed"
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) — first woman to openly gain a medical qualification in Britain; created a medical school; first woman mayor in England
⎋ Visit our «The Garretts» page, which also outlines the history of Richard Garrett & Sons and The Long Shop.
Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929) — suffragist leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies; only female statue in Parliament Square
Flora Sandes (1876–1956) — the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in WWI, as an officer of the Royal Serbian Army
Arthur Ransome (1884-1967) — author of Swallows and Amazons book series including We didn't mean to go to Sea, connected with Pin Mill on the Orwell
George Orwell (1903-1950) — author of Nineteen EIghty-Four and Animal Farm, lived in Southwold and commemorated in a mural at the pier there
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) — Peter Grimes and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra ; founded Aldeburgh Festival, then Snape Maltings concert hall.
Besides the WIkipedia article, there is another excellent one about his life at https://peoplepill.com/people/benjamin-britten/. Also see panel below.
☞ also visit: http://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/people/suffolk-men/ and ... suffolk-women/
† "Suffolk Magazine" biographies can be downloaded here of Cardinal Wolsey and Basil Brown, by local historical author Sarah Doig (articles 6 and 3 respectively)
Sarah has also serialised, as an audio-book, her "The Little History of Suffolk", available for hearing online here.
Read here about Maggi Hambling's "Scallop",
|image by Benhall artist Jenny Toombs (1940-2018),
who also designed the title banner
for our local "Ebb and Flow" magazine
|also click on either image|
Roger Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk (1143-1221) — builder of Framlingham Castle, and a leading baron forcing King John's assent to Magna Carta
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554) — uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (both beheaded); was due for execution too when Henry VIII died in 1547
"Bloody" Mary I (1516-1558) — daughter of Catherine of Aragon; 1553: declared Queen at Framlingham to oust Lady Jane Grey (the "Nine Days' Queen"), thereby becoming England's first undisputed "queen regnant"; oversaw the Counter-Reformation
"Veritas temporis filia" — "Truth is the daughter of time"