Church Street, Great Ellingham
Postcard Carol Ewin Collection

Great Ellingham- a One-Place Study

I have been researching my own ancestors for nearly 20 years. It has been fascinating to find the names of my forebears and to find out who they were, what they did, where they lived and where they ended their days. It has also been interesting to try to find evidence of how the events of the times affected them and their families.

Any family historian will know that ‘the family history’ is never finished. There is always the hope that a new piece of information will turn up whether by research, a chance conversation or perhaps by receiving an unexpected email or letter.

Sometimes we have to work on hunches or calculated assumptions where no concrete evidence is forthcoming in the hope that one day we will be able to prove (or otherwise) our hunch or assumption.

Although I have no ancestors from Great Ellingham (well, I have yet to find any!), I have lived in the village for over 40 years. I have seen a lot of changes in the village during this time

When I arrived, the village was served by a shop owned by Mr and Mrs Arundel (Ye Olde Thatche Shoppe), a butcher Mr Vic Howlett (in Chequers Lane) as well as a post office run by Mr and Mrs Chattle. There was also a Pet Shop in Church Street. The post office (including a small shop) remains today.

The Crown Public House and the Primary School continue to be part of village life as well as the Methodist and Baptist Churches and the Parish Church of St James

There has been movement and an increase in the population of the village over the years. Some of the surnames of villagers living in Great Ellingham hundreds of years ago pop up in the population of Great Ellingham today.

Great Ellingham seemed an obvious choice on which to start a One-Place Study.

Heather Etteridge

July 2019