Glimpse of village's history

GLIMPSES of Martlesham's historical past have been provided courtesy of a book of interesting and unusual stories about the village.The book was collated and researched by Martlesham man Paul Firman, who is a member of the Martlesham Historical Society.

GLIMPSES of Martlesham's historical past have been provided courtesy of a book of interesting and unusual stories about the village.

The book was collated and researched by Martlesham man Paul Firman, who is a member of the Martlesham Historical Society.

It includes details about various landmarks, historical events and tales associated with Martlesham.

Details of the trial of Mary Sheming, on December 14, 1844 are included in the book. Sheming was found guilty of murdering a young child in Martlesham and was executed on January 18, 1845.


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Mr Firman, who is a hairdresser from his Lark Rise home, spent around one year researching for the book.

He said: "It was very enjoyable. There are lots of facts about Martlesham in all different books but I've tried to bring them all together."

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The book is on sale for £4.99 from Martlesham Video and Hardware, Martlesham Post Office and The Red Lion public house. It is also available via post from 45 Lark Rise, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3SA.

The Evening Star has two copies of the book to give away. To have a chance of winning a copy, answer the following question:

What was the date of Mary Sheming's execution?

Answers should be sent to Mark Bulstrode, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

The closing date for entries is November 23.

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