Once Upon A Time On A Different Universe

Once upon a time on a different universe I used to travel regularly from Bury St Edmunds to Beccles and Lowestoft on the A143.

Somewhere in my subconscious I remembered passing through the villages of Rickinghall (Rickinghall Superior, Rickinghall Inferior) and Botesdale a long time before they were bypassed, although I was unaware at the time they were two separate entities in their own historical right as they just flow one into the other as you pass them by.

When we had the opportunity to stop and stare I made the same mistake filing all the snaps taken under Botesdale.

Perhaps the lesson is Google before you go not after or pay more attention during your visit.

Botesdale Village Sign showing:

  • The Mill, there were six at one time unfortunately none of them have survived
  • The coach and horses, they used stop at The Crown Inn (closed since around 1920) when it was on a main coaching route
  • St Botolph, patron saint of wayfarers, he died in 680 and  his remains where divided in three, the head taken to Ely, the middle to Thorney, and the remainder Westminster Abbey.

St Botolph’s Chapel, Botesdale, Suffolk.

St Marys Church Rickinghall Inferior, Suffolk.

If you desire more details as always it is worth visiting Simon Knott’s web site:

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2 thoughts on “Once Upon A Time On A Different Universe

  1. Clive Page

    I refer to your photos on Christchurch Cambs in particular to the Wheatschef pub
    My Greatgrandfather was the landlord before WW2 namely Mr Randall also a Master Blacksmith
    My Mother knew Dorothy L Sayers and her novel “The Nine Tailors” was centered around the aforementioned pub
    My Grandad Henry Huckle became the Station Master at nearby Stonea station and was the last permanent in that post before it closed down


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