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Kirton History Recorder

Kirton History Recorder

Since Len Lanigan died last year the post of history recorder for Kirton has been vacant until my appointment this March. Len had been in post for many years and his knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm will be a hard act to follow. He is much missed and I will endeavour to follow in his tradition, not only keeping comprehensive records but also painting a picture of contemporary village life that will inform future generations. Kirton has a particularly rich record of its past history- including mention of it in Domesday book where it was called Kirketuna. I shall try very hard to maintain Len's high standards. It may well be that my emphasis and approach may differ but I will always have Len in mind as my examplar.

I look forward to working with Jo Shaw who is Recorder for Falkenham and also I hope working closely with Kirton residents. If you have any photographs or knowledge of local events, news, changes that affect the village, l please do let me know. Local history is not just about dry facts but rather about active and living experiences.

This will be an exciting year for Kirton, we start with the Jubilee celebrations in June.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ann Colvill

Local History Recorder report for 2017

Len Lanigan;’s report for 2017 is now online.
The 2018 report is in preparation.

History pictures updated

I’m gradually repairing the website after a computer update which broke pictures.
The History pages now include two albums of Old Kirton (mainly Buildings) and People. More descriptions will be added later this/next week.
Kirton History Recorder’s Reports from 2005 are also now here.

Do you know these people?

If you do, read on…

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Kirton bears the Olympic flame!

See the home page!

Construction of the Mendlesham TV mast

Now that your analogue TV signal has been switched off, you might be interested in a moment’s nostalgia from the East Anglian Film Archive.
Documentary about the first 1000 ft television mast erected in Mendlesham.

Notice the lack of Health & Safety precautions!

‘Bawdsey Research Station’ Commemorations 2010

In recognition of the historic events that took place in 1935 and 1940 which played a significant part in Britain’s war effort, commemorative events have been taking place at Bawdsey Manor during 2010. To commemorate the end of the Battle of Britain radio stations will be operated from the Manor on Saturday & Sunday 11 & 12 September. The Bawdsey Radar Museum (in the original transmitter Block) will also be open on Sunday 12 September.

During its time as a radar research centre and as an operational station for Chain Home radar, it was known by the acronym BRS – Bawdsey Research Station. It was here that Sir Robert Watson-Watt and his colleagues turned the ideas on which the well known experiment at Daventry (26 Feb 1935) was based into a full operational system, without which the outcome of the Battle of Britain would almost certainly have been quite different.

You may have watched the rather unimpressive demonstration of radar on Coast recently (you
can detect aircraft before you see them!). Come and see how it was really done!

The Internet is 20 this month

In March 1989 Tim Berners-Lee handed a document to his supervisor entitled Information Management: a Proposal. The paper described what would, the following year, become the world wide web. Read More...

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