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Sir Bobby Robson Statue

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm

A legend in his time. A familar site for any visitor to Portman Road are the statues of both Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey two of England’s finest ever mangers.

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Sir Bobby Robson

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Sir Bobby Robson, originally uploaded by Running in Suffolk.

Sir Bobby at the final match of the 2007-8 season at Portman Road

Ipswich Town visit Feyenoord

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Here is Sir Bobby and the Ipswich Town team visting Feyenoord. Sir Bobby is in the front row wearing the captains hat.

Sir Bobby Robson

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2009 at 12:38 pm

It is a very sad day for all football fans with the passing of one of our greatest ever managers and gentleman of football.

Obviously at Ipswich we were fortunate to have the benefit of Robson as manager throughout the 1970’s taking us to sucess in winning the FA Cup and the Eufa Cup. The league alluded us but I thank Sir Bobby for the fantastic memories which are unlikely to ever be repeated at our club.

He was a regular visitor to Portman Road even in recent years and I will load up one or two photos.

Victorian Photographers of Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Cabinet Cards, photographers, Victorians on July 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm



From what little I have found out so far on the Victorian & Edwardian Photographers of Bury St Edmunds I believe the following to be true but happy to be corrected.

A collection of carte de viste (cdv) and cabinet cards from Bury St Edmunds Photographers has been posted on my flicker site here and includes these photographers

W Spanton
W.S. Spanton
J W Clarke
JP Clarke
WM Aston
JH Gill
F Barkway

The photographer of these two photos is John Palmer Clarke whose studios were at Abbey Hill House now the Borough offices and 31 Abbeygate Street Bury St Edmunds

JP Clarke moved to Cambridge in 1903. He was in business in Bury St Edmunds from 1868 to 1903 so these photographs dates most likely from the 1880-90’s.

JP Clarke was the son of John William Clarke also a photographer working in Bury St Edmunds at Abbey Hill House from 1868.

JP Clarke’s apprentice Henry Issac Jarman bought the photographic studio at 16 Abbeygate Street which was run by WS Spanton from 1870 to 1901 when he retired. Two years later JP Clarke moved to Cambridge to work as a photographer.

William Silas Spanton was the son of William Spanton who was based at 16 Abbeygate St Bury St Edmunds from 1864 to 1870. William Spanton died in Jan 1870 at the age of 47.

JH Gill was based at 77 Whiting Street

William Aston was based at 83 St Johns Street now the home of the shop called Sunrise

Walberswick Suffolk

In suffolk, Walberswick on July 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Walberswick is an area of outstanding natural beauty with its heath,marshlands and coastland. Though to many it is known as the home of the British Open Crabbing Championship which this year is held on 9th August. I have never taken part in this but know the event seems to grow every year with nearly 1000 entries last year.

Staying in Southwold to get to Walberswick you have a few options. You can drive about 8 miles back to the A12 and around the River Blyth. You can see Walberswick from Southwold just the otherside of the River Blyth and only a hundred yards so this seems the least sensible option. You can walk over to Walberswick and there are many routes which will take you through Walberswick Nature reserve. The most direct footpath will take you over the bailey bridge which is the former route of the old Southwold Railway line. The walk will only take you about 20 minutes from the centre of Southwold.

The 3rd option is to cross over the River Blyth by way of the ferry service. There is a footpath from Southwold Common leading to the ferry and is definitely an experience to try at least once. The ferry service has been run by one family for many years and there is a book to be bought telling the history of this service.

Walberswick has a long association with the arts and the English impressionist painters and when we there there was a party of some 20 painters at the sea front.

On the beach we had a competition to collect sea glass and hag stones. Most sea glass comes from bottles and is picked by beachcombers and is then used to fill jars or to make jewellery. Apparently according to the Sea glass association (yes there is one!) sea glass can be bought on e-bay but isn’t necessarily authentic. Green and white sea glass was found which seem to be the more common coming from broken bottles there jagged edges long since being worn by the sea to a smooth service.

We also found many hag stones. What are they? Well they are stones that have a hole running right through the middle of them. They are also known by many other names such as wish stones, holy stones and nightmare stones. Hagstones have often been worn around the neck in the past to ward off evil spirits or at the end of a bed to prevent nightmares. The hole in the stone is created by centuries of wave action.

Dunwich and Minsmere Suffolk

In Adnams, Dunwich, Eastbridge, Minsmere, RSPB, Sizewell on July 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Using some maps produced by Wilfrid George and a book by Jean and Geoff Pratt on Pub Walks in Suffolk we set off from Southwold to Dunwich. If you have never been to Dunwich then this is a must visit place. It has an atmosphere of history of what was once there but has now been swallowed up by the sea. Coastal erosion known as long shore drift silted up the natural harbour and killed off the fishing port.

Over the last 1200 years half a mile of coastline has disappeared under the sea taking it with it many churches and houses for Dunwich was once one of the largest seaside ports in East Anglia.

If you have time visit the wonderful Dunwich Museum this is nearby the pub The Ship Inn which was where we parked to start our walk. I wore my Garmin 205 for this walk , I have only previously used it for running but wanted to test its battery life and how useful it might be for walking.

We set off up to St James church and past this along Sandy Lane which is an old roman carriageway. At Dunwich you will often see deer and along Sandy Lane we spotted a couple having a graze.

On this walk you soon emerge on to Dunwich Heath where heather and gorse is abundant. The sandy loam soil is soft to walk on and the coastal views are fantastic. This area is a mecca for bird watchers and we spotted many with expensive set ups attempting to photograph rare birds.

We had lunch here at the Coastguard Cottages where there are some great views from the cliff edge. This is now a National Trust site and there are some tea rooms and 1-2 holiday homes. You can of course question whether Sizewell Nuclear Power Station is an ugly eyesore but it is providing many local jobs.

The question of how we meet our energy needs is a difficult one and greener means such as wind power can only meet part of this. When you look at Sizewell with its white dome that can be seen for miles you know it is a potential menace which creates much needed energy but leaves behind a long time legacy of nuclear waste and what to do with it?

As a complete contrast to Sizewell you have the beauty of Minsmere and tempted by this we decided to extend our walk to follow a footpath shown on the Wilfrid George map around Minsmere.

Here there are a number of RSPB bird hides to get up close to the many different wading birds and the terns which are happy to dive bomb you if you get too close to one of their nests. When you reach the sluice gate there is a path which travels inland following the path of the Minsmere River. This was one of the best parts of the walk with the only noise to be heard to be that of reeds in the wind and the call of birds. There is a real sense of peace and quiet and you could have walked this path naked if you had wished as there wasn’t another living soul to be seen! However soon after I mentioned this we did come across two other walkers so perhaps just as well we kept our clothes on.

The pathway emerges in the village of Eastbridge and if you are sensible you will stop at the fabulous pub The Eels Foot Inn. The food looked very good but we had packed a lunch so it was a liquid refreshment in the form of another pint of Adnams this time the aptly named Explorer.

Feeling refreshed we continued our walk over the dam at Minsmere River and continued along a minor road before turning up a wide footpath which serves as the access into Minsmere Nature Reserve. However rather than visit the RSPB centre we continued on up Saunders Hill to a place called Downzarland. No idea why it is called this but this area is full of these yellow flowers/weeds?

Returning through Dunwich Heath we decided to visit Dunwich Priory. Little remains here and again you are reminded of the devasting power of the sea. Once the home of an order of Franciscan Friars from the 13th century but there is evidence of a lot of repair work to the ruins that remain.

A short walk back to the car at the Ship Inn and we had according to the GPS walked a little over 10 miles and had a day to remember.

Reydon Suffolk

In Reydon, suffolk on July 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm



A wet morning after overnight rains as I set off on a run with a new place for me to explore. What can be better than to run not knowing where you are going and what you might find? Far too often as a runner I know I opt to run on a regular route. It offers familiarity, a chance to compare previous times over the same course but at times it is good to spice it up a bit by running different courses or perhaps running a course the other way round for a change.

When running a new course in a place you have never been before it can work out really well as you stumble upon great views, woodland, hills, animals and fauna. Or you can run up blind cul de sacs and end up running in circles and totally miss an exciting footpath.My run to Reydon was a bit like the latter.

The name Reydon means Rye Hill , don being an old English name for hill. Reydon is inland from Southwold and tends to suffer in comparison as the poorer relation. I might be being a little unfair but I tended to just run past endless housing and some of the roads were just a bit to busy to try running on for any distance. However with house prices in Southwold being astronomical and bought up by millionaires and any new housing development being very limited it is Reydon which has new housing and an expanding population.

I ran out to the the local church St Margaret’s at Reydon.
I took my camera as usually and as I ran the weather improved and it stopped raining.

Many almshouses are proudly built and ensure the benevolence of its charitable founder is recorded and displayed for all to see and Matthews Almshouses at Reydon are typical of this.

My run was a slow one doing 7.1 miles in 1hr 3 mins 10 seconds.

Southwold Suffolk

In George Orwell, Keswick, Southwold on July 11, 2009 at 1:41 pm


Southwold along with Keswick and Bury St Edmunds have to be my favourite places in England. So what could be better than starting a weeks holiday in Southwold and staying in a cottage in the High Street just a few doors down from the former home of the author George Orwell.

Though Montague House was the home of Orwell (real name Eric Blair) this is largely ignored and hardly noticed as the locals and tourists alike enter the bigger attraction next door which is Marks Fish and Chips. Having been to Marks many a time who can blame them as they do serve some great fish and chips.

Montague House was the home of Blairs parents and it was here that Orwell wrote A Clergyman’s Daughter during 1934. I have read many of the popular Orwell classics such as 1984, Road to Wigan Pier, Animal Farm and Down and Out in Paris & London but have never read this one. Perhaps just as well as Orwell him self desribed it as a load of bollox!

The small cottage we are staying at is called Pebbles Cottage and has room for 2 + 2 in a sofa camp bed. The cottage is small but comfortable with every thing you need being just five minutes from the sea front. The stairs at this cottage though are steep and you do have to have your wits about you to avoid a fall.

The ice cream and tea shop on the sea front in front of the Sailors Reading Room was as ever popular.

Risby Suffolk

In Electrolyte, risby, Sports Drinks, suffolk on July 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm


An out and back run from Bury St Edmunds to Risby in Suffolk. A long lunch time run the weather being a litle cooler and less humid I felt a lot more comfortable then I have done for the last few weeks.

I ran out 5 miles my route taking me out along the Newmarket Road and under the A14 flyover before turning towards Risby past the crematorium. The edge of Risby village is reached at around 3.5 miles. As I wanted to do a 5 mile out and back I continued on along School Road before turning right along Hall Lane and then turning right along the Flempton Road.

What has also helped with the longer runs is drinking my own electrolyte drink before the run. For this run I just added a pinch of sea salt to a pint of squash and it seemed to help though it could simply be a placebo effect!

Since then it looks as if there many recipes for making your own sports drinks and ditching the expensive sports drinks you can buy such as Lucozade and Gatorade.

The recipe I am going to try first is this – One third cup of honey, 1 litre of water,and a pinch of sea salt . Many of the recipes suggest adding half a teaspoon of baking powder as well. Mix all the ingredients together and keep chilled. I will let you know after I have tested and tried this out a bit.

This was a good enjoyable run in Risby.