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sa 23 Jan

The Market Hill FramlinghamHarriers on the Market Hill Framlingham before what's now Country Vision got the mock Tudor half timbering.  Not unreasonable to assume it's the Easton Harriers.  We've fiddled with the image and we can see HARRIERS in the annotation but don't think it's EASTON ... it might be HAMILTON and once upon a time Lord and Lady Hamilton pretty much owned Easton ...

th 11 Aug

Mr and Mrs James WoodwardThanks to a visiting descendent we have this pic of landlords Mr and Mrs James Woodward outside the Framlingham Station.  They took the pub over from Sarah Hawes in 1881 and nothing much has changed since though the pic shows outside ground floor window shutters, ads for brandy and John Hopkins Old Mull whisky, a no longer existent building in the background and no stone protecting the corner of the building which has appeared by the 1930s but is now gone away.

we 30 Mar

1935 cigarette cardSeems unlikely we know but this 1935 cigarette card shows Framlingham college and the school tie.

sa 7 my
Black Spot Day

GER railway staff at FramlinghamIn the days of the Great Eastern Railway it took eleven staff to run Framlingham station and the dress code seemed to require facial hair.

tu 8 Feb

Fore Street floodFlooding at the bottom of Fore Street in Framlingham has been a popular pursuit for at least a hundred years and still is despite the coming of television to East Anglia.

mo 20 Sep

We've seen 17thC tradesman's tokens for Saxmundham, Dennington and Woodbridge, the Civil war disrupted coin production causing a small17thC tradesman's token change shortage, but this is the first Framlingham token we've seen.  It could have been spent in John Capon grocers and presumably would have been worth a farthing, one quarter of a penny.

tu 29 Sep

Lorry driver pursued by Framlingham College headmasterWe don't know if the new head of Framlingham College is related to Batman but he did play cricket for Surrey so perhaps he will be engaging in super hero activities like one of his predecessors.  (The Framlingham Weekly News Sat 6 July 1935 - thanks Kitchen Range)

fr 21 Aug

Fore Street fire last centuryThis is Fore Street, Framlingham 1906 or earlier, we're only guessing but maybe they didn't have a volunteer fire service then.

su 16 Aug

Suffolk Regiment 4th Battalion in Church StreetThe hunt in Church Street circa 1907This is now a restaurant

Like most of the universe nowadays Church Street, Framlingham is a sea of parked cars but it wasn't always like that.

su 2 Aug

Some of Roger's regulars circa 1909What goes round comes round.  Once Framlingham post office didn't have a telephone box, then it did and now it doesn't again.

tu 28 Jul

Dick Larter tell us there were once three places in Framlingham Black powder cartridges from Normanswhere shotgun cartridges could be bought.  What is now The Green Room in Church Street was a gunsmiths, possibly for around a hundred years.  The census shows Benjamin Norman living there in 1871 and in 1894 he became one of Fram's first councillors.  The shop was sold to Kit Ravensheare in 1960 who nineteen years later sold it perhaps to retire?  If you Google Kit Ravensheare you'll find he wrote a number of books on gunsmithing and is no longer alive.

tu 31 Mar
world backup day

The Thirteenth ChairFADS (Framlingham AmDram Soc) were formed in 1903 and have been at it consistently since 1922.  In 1929 the Christmas production was The Thirteenth Chair and the tupenny prog reveals a lot of honoraryness, surnames you'll still recognise and music by a seven piece orchestra.  They are still at it with the comedy Nobody's Perfect running this week at Fram College's Headmaster Porter Theatre until Friday.

th 18 Dec

Mikes Jones holding a pic of earlier landord Fred RixA while back the East African printed the pic Framlingham Station landlord and chef Mike Jones is holding on the left there asking the question is the man in the straw hat the then landlord Fred Rix?  We think it's a very safe assumption as the pic below was loaned to previous Station landlord John Bjornson by Fred's daughter Joan and the moustachioed man holding the reins looks very much like the same bloke?  An interesting footnote is John B told us when he took over The Station the single storied buildings at the rear were floored with hard yellow Suffolk bricks like the stable floor at the Fram Crown.  Over the years grooves had been worn in the bricks by the wheels of carriages, traps and carts stored on them whilst the vehicle owners used the train.

Joan Rix's parents at the rear of The Station

su 2 Nov

Flooded Framlingham circa 1910It rained so hard around six thirty last night that the water was coming up over the pavement outside The Railway pub in Framlingham.  Wouldn't be the first time ... interestingly if you look at the pavement outside what is now the Indian restaurant at the bottom of Fore Street you can see where the shop once had more frontage as in this circa 1910 postcard.  (Flooding in 2009)

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