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There has never been a 'Squire'; it has always been a community of small holders.
The major industry years ago was flowers for Covent Garden. A few are still sent.
The main street used to be lined with walnut and plum trees.
St. Peter's CE Church used to be the village school.
The old Village Hall is to be replaced by a new one on the playing field quite soon.
There used to be a village pond in Beeches Road.
There was a Wesleyan Chapel near the school and a Quaker Chapel down the Green on the right.
The Playing Field is well known in the Indoor Bowling world - national players compete in the Annual Taylor - Balls Competition.
The Playing Field has flood lamps purchased from the old Thor rocket base at RAF Tuddenham. The two tennis courts are now flood lit and have been refurbished.
The Isleham Marina development on the River Lark is in West Row in the Mildenhall Parish Council area, and not in Cambs.
Jude's Ferry was where barges of coal, flour and sugar from King's Lynn were unloaded and where full immersion baptisms for the Baptist Chapel were performed.
The River Lark is a major UK resource for coarse fishing.
Winter ice-skating took place on flooded fields by the River Lark near the Marina, also on the lake at Chippenham Park Estate.
There used to be 2 coal merchants, 3 shops and 4 pubs (2 of which, Pear Tree and Plough, are now homes) and now only the Post Office and shop remains.
The summer fete used to be held on the meadow down Manor Lane behind the old Village Hall.
The fire engine was housed next to Peter Spencer's house; also the band's brass instruments.
The first fish and chip shop, run by Horace Morley, was on the site of Peter Spencer's home and another one run by Albert Mackender at the bottom of Friday Street, where Mr & Mrs Martin now live.
The village Policeman's house was next to the school where Mr. And Sister Carney now live.
There was an agricultural engineering works and blacksmith at Fords in
Ford Close. Sydney Ford was the discoverer of the famous and priceless Roman silver, now known as the 'Mildenhall Treasure' and of which replicas of the big dish are to be held at Mildenhall Museum and already at Ipswich.
Derek Eastham 6/12/99
 

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