The Museum has a small shop that stocks items that we hope will be of interest to our visitors. We have a number of locally produced books that help tell the story of Beccles and the surrounding area. Some of them are listed below. Proceeds from all sales all help support the Museum and it is an important source of income for us.
It is the policy of the Museum to support books with a local historical content, and it is our intention to produce and publish at least one book every two years.
The Clockmakers of Beccles by James Woodrow - Price £4.25 (GBP)
This attractive book gives details of the 47 clockmakers known to have operated from Beccles, includes a wealth of clock photographs from some local makers. Many 'Beccles' clocks have ended up across the world in countries such as the USA and Australia from where the museum has received correspondence. The Museum hopes that this book will prompt clock owners to pass details and photographs of their Beccles clocks, by email if possible, for the museums historical records.
This book details the life at the college and its history from when it opened in 1818 until it closed in 1936. An academy for 'young gentlemen' it had the capacity to hold up to 110 borders and 15 local day-boys. The book includes photographs of the college, long since demolished, the area and some of the persons involved. It also has extracts from the memoires of two old-boys who went there in the early 20th Century. The book is produced in response to the goodly number of enquiries the Museum receives from all over the world from people who ancestors went to the college. The book is in A5 format with 58 pages.
The Story of a Suffolk Inn by Dorothy Smith - Price £1.50 (GBP)
This is a short study of the Falcon Inn that stood in the New Market in Beccles at least from the sixteenth century until it was demolished in 1963. It was the cockpit at the inn that was the unlikely venue for a visit by Charles Wesley in 1776, and was later to house one of the first printing presses in the town. The A5 paperback consists of 24 pages of text with 11 black and white illustrations and a glossy cover.
ISBN: 1 903045 01 0
The author, local historian Dorothy Smith, was born and bred in Beccles and has been researching the history of the town for many years.
The Lost Windmills of Beccles by Margaret Knox with contributions by Peter Doman and Russell Garnham - Price £1.50 (GBP)
The book tells the story of the corn windmills that once existed in Beccles. It outlines the history of corn milling in the town from the middle ages to the Twentieth Century and gives detailed descriptions of the five nineteenth century windmills. It also includes details of the Gillingham post mill which stood close to BecclesBridge. The A5 paperback consists of 44 pages of text with 22 black and white illustrations and a sketch map. There is also a glossy cover.
ISBN: 1 903045 00 2
The author is Margaret Knox, formally Honoury Curator of Beccles and District Museum and author of the Shire Guide to Norfolk; assisted by Peter Dolman, Honoury Secretary of the Suffolk Windmills Trust; and Russell Garnham, who spent most of his working life at Castle Mill, Beccles.
Suffolk Cheese by Margaret Knox - Price £1.50 (GBP)
From Tudor times to the 19th Century, Suffolk was an important dairying county and a major supplier of butter and cheese to the burgeoning London market. Whilst Suffolk butter was universally praised the cheese became something of a joke and was even known as Suffolk Bang. It was claimed that it was hard enough to use as cartwheels. The book tells the story, the good and the bad, of the cheese and of the rise and fall of the Suffolk dairy industry. The book is in A5 format with 48 pages.
Time Remembered - Price £5.00 (BGP)
Eugene Ulph was born and lived in Beccles for a 100 years. By middle age, he had been appointed by Beccles Town Council as honoury archivist, and was writing widely for East Anglian Newspapers and Magazines. This selection from his articles provides a mixture of nostalgia and history. They are edited, illustrated and published by his nephew, John Nursey, who has directed all profits from the sales to Beccles and District Museum. Eugene Ulph has a deep love for this corner of East Anglia and his articles have an air of timelessness and an interest, which is somehow enhanced by the passage of time.
The Ink Factory - Price £1.50 (BGP)
Research by Anne Deed Frith and Dorothy Smith
This is the history of what is known of the Ink Factory at Barsham, Suffolk, that sat above the River Waveney some two miles from Beccles. The Ink Factory Cottages still stand. There is no written record of the factory on this site, though local excavations refer to it being at that location. This booklet is in A5 format with 16 pages.
Country Myths and Superstitions - Price £1.00 (BGP)
Compiled by David Broom
A fascinating little booklet of sayings, that are in danger of being lost in the mists of time. This A5 booklet contains 15 pages including black and white sketches.
The Village Paupers - Price £1.30 (BGP)
Poem by GW Fulcher 1840’s. Edited by EA Goodwyn
An anti poor law poem. This is a vivid description of the hardships faced by peasants and their families during the mid 1800’s. Fulcher shared Crabbe’s abhorrence of inhumanity of the poor in a Christian country.
This booklet is in A5 format with 30 pages.
Hark to the Bells - Price £5.00 (BGP)
Compiled by Anne Frith, Vivienne Osborne and Dorothy Smith, Illustrations by Nony Ollerenshaw.
The bells of St Michael’s have been rung and tolled to commemorate many and varied human activities and experiences in Beccles. This booklet tell of many of them.
It is in A5 format containing 68 pages and 20 photographs and illustrations.
Beccles Fen - Price £5.00 (BGP)
Drawn up in 1807, this is an account of the Corporation of Beccles in the County of Suffolk with a translation of their Charter, and copies of various other documents relating to the said Corporation.
This booklet is in A5 format with 82 pages.
Daniel of Beccles - Price £5.00 (BGP)
Compiled by Anne Frith, Dorothy Smith, Anne Bauers and Susan Treggaiari. Illustrations by Nony Ollerenshaw.
This book is a poem written by Daniel Becclesiensis, known as Daniel of Beccles. An entertaining poem referring to manners. In particular table manners for boys and men of the late twelfth century. They still apply today! This booklet is in A5 format with 46 pages and 18 illustrations.
The Regal Cinema 1931-1989 - Price £1.50 (BGP)
Written and researched by Dorothy Smith
A really interesting account of the life and times of Regal cinema in Beccles, Suffolk. Containing many illustrations
This is a glossy coated A5 format paperback containing 59 pages and 21 photographs.
The founding of Beccles Hospital. - Price £1.00 (BGP)
Written by EA Goodwyn
A booklet full of interesting facts, which include the Dispensary, the predecessor of the hospital and the events leading up to the building of Beccles Hospital. There is also much about general life in Beccles around the mid 1800’s.
This booklet is in A5 format with 32 pages and 10 illustrations.
Beccles Ablaze 1586. - Price £5.00 (BGP)
Edited by Anne Frith, Dorothy Smith and Anne Bauers. Illustrations by Nony Ollerenshaw
The book contains the two ballads written after the Great Fire of Beccles. These are held to be the earliest ballads to have been written on the subject of the fire. It also contains the subsequent history of the town.
This A5 booklet contains 48 pages and 24 illustrations.