In Boxford we have 'a village of outstanding importance to the nation'
which is why the county designated much of the village a Conservation
Area. The Boxford Society aims to preserve the character of the village
and its historic and architectural heritage. We constantly monitor
planning applications and try to ensure that new developments are in
keeping with the character of the village - an increasingly difficult task.
We fully support the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan which will give
legal weight to the views of the people who live in the village.
We hold two meetings each year to which we invite speakers with specialist knowledge of history, architecture and social development of the village, the county and East Anglia in general - we certainly have a rich history on our doorstep! We also arrange a Summer Outing to a place with a significant history.
On Friday 29th April 2022, we have invited Sarah Partridge, an expert in medieval building restoration to talk to us about the project she led in Stone Street and her current restoration of a Suffolk Long House.
On Tuesday 19th July 2022, we have arranged a private guided tour of Otley Hall, described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as 'One of the most interesting C15 and early C16 houses in Suffolk' and a tour of its 10 acre charming gardens.
On Friday 7th October 2022 Mark Bailey, Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia will be speaking on 'Towns and trade in Medieval Suffolk' which promises to be fascinating.
Roger Loose, one of our long-standing members has recently completed a comprehensive history of Boxford and his book. Boxford through the ages: A New History which has already gone to a second print. If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact Roger on email@example.com or ring him on 01787 211538 or order it online here.
Membership is just £3 Family, £2 Individual, £1 Pensioner. These low priced subscriptions are intended to encourage as many people as possible to join us. However, we do welcome any donations in addition to the subscription as we have expenses to cover eg fees for speakers, affiliation to the Suffolk Preservation Society and subscription to the Campaign to Protect Rural England - we would prefer to remain solvent!
If you are interested in joining us for interesting talks, stimulating outings and would like to support the preservation of Boxford's character whilst recognising the need for the village to change and develop sympathetically please contact Jen Eastwood on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01787 211853.
The doorway to 20 Broad Street with its superb 18th Century scroll-bracketed entrance canopy.