Welcome to the Suffolk Records Society

For over sixty years, the Society has been committed to producing books that bring Suffolk’s rich historical literature to a wider audience. Covering a period of 700 years these volumes of letters, diaries, maps, accounts and other archives have made a major contribution to historical studies of the county and are a useful tool for both professional and amateur historians, as well as being a source of information for anyone interested in Suffolk’s history.

Every year, the Suffolk Records Society produces at least one new book throwing light on some fresh aspect of the county’s history. There are two series of volumes, the General Series, for which we publish a regular annual volume, and the Charters Series, for which we publish occasional volumes of Suffolk charters and cartularies.

The Society’s members share a passion for Suffolk and its history and it is their support and subscriptions that have made possible this remarkable opening up of the historical landscape. Come and join us!


Our latest volume has now been published.  

For members who did not attend the AGM and Book Launch on the 11th May please expect your copy in the post in the next few weeks.



Edited by Alan Mackley


In 1881, after decades of mouldering into ruin, the grand 15th-century church of Blythburgh, ‘The Cathedral of the Marshes’ was closed as unsafe. This might have marked the end of what, for centuries, had been a Suffolk landmark and is today a much-loved icon of this beautiful corner of the county.

In the end the church was saved, but only after a bitter quarter-century of dispute, involving Blythburgh vicars, local committees and, most importantly, William Morris, through his recently formed Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. The arguments became rancorous and were fought out at national as well as local level. Blythburgh was, for a time, the focus of debate about what was reasonable, proper and sensible in preserving historical buildings.

Dr Alan Mackley has spent many years researching the history of Blythburgh and the surrounding area and will introduce and launch his latest book which brings to life the characters, events and arguments at the centre of the debate. 

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