History society's new book delves into Glemsford pubs past and present
Three writers have combined to release a book paying homage to the public houses that formed a key part of village life in Glemsford.
The Pubs and Inns of Glemsford: Past and Present provides a glimpse into their history, with various anecdotes from villagers who have shared their memories of times spent within their walls.
Extensive research has been conducted by authors Jenny Wears, Rowland Hill and Patrick Hemphill, who are all members of Glemsford Local History Society.
The inspiration behind the publication was sparked by the prospect of The Angel closing, which is one of the two remaining pubs still trading in the village.
“It didn’t look like it was going to last,” said Mrs Wears. “Several pubs have closed in the last 10 years.”
Information gathered from Suffolk Record Office, coupled with details from archives and villagers, have been compiled in the book, which took nearly a year to complete.
Some of the photographs featured in the publication have been taken from stills, which were captured from old film footage.
Mrs Wears credited villagers’ involvement in the project, which she described as invaluable.
“It was really a community effort, not just the three of us,” she said.
The Angel has been reinstated in the village after it was taken over by new landlords earlier this year.
“It seems to be well supported,” said Mrs Wears. “It’s a good focal point for the village.”