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 Charter 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!


The Suffolk Records Society proudly announces the publication of Volume 59

We are please to announce that Volume 59, The Rookwood Family Papers, 1606-1761, edited by Dr. Francis Young, was launched on the 12th May in the appropriate setting of St. Edmund King and Martyr Catholic Church in Bury St Edmunds. This is a building that began its life as a secret Catholic chapel in the 1760s and which the Rookwoods knew well.

The documents in this volume tell the story of one Suffolk's family's efforts to remain true to their Catholic faith throughout a time of changing threats and repressions.  The Rookwoods, from their family home at Coldham Hall in Stanningfield, were involved in both the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the later assassination attempt on William II, but still managed to hold onto their lands and their faith.

    Dr. Francis Young, editor of the Rookwood Family Papers, 1606-1761


Volume 59 will be posted out to members who did not attend the AGM and Book Launch soon, if you wish to dowload the 2016 AGM papers please CLICK HERE