Commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Workhouse
It’s had many names in the 250 years since it was built – the Samford House of Industry, the Samford Union House, the House on the Hill, the Samford Poor Law Institution, the Tattingstone Workhouse, The Spike, St Mary’s Hospital and now the homes at Chedworth Place and Samford Court. To mark all those years, all the changes that have taken place and in memory of the many people who have lived and worked here I put together an exhibition for the village fete last year. Following the interest and support received then I’m re-staging it, with extra material, in the Village Hall on Saturday 22 April from 2-4.30pm.
It covers some historical information but also some “snapshots” in time giving an insight into the people who have lived here and what their lives were like. And from more recent times there will be photographs and literature about the transformation from hospital to homes.
Immediately prior to the exhibition at 1.45pm there will be an informal tree dedication in the grounds of Chedworth Place.
I’m also still very much hoping to receive more photos, newspaper cuttings or anything else relevant and also more reminiscences for the “Living Memory” folder. Everything will be archived and eventually taken to the Suffolk Records Office so do help me to preserve the history of the village for the future!
You may have worked at St Mary’s or known a person or relative who was a patient here or you may even have had ancestors in the Workhouse – whatever your connection or interest, please come along.
Entry to the exhibition is free and there will be refreshments to buy (to cover the hire of the hall).