recording local history

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Quatrefoil was formed in 2012 to research the history of the villages of Botesdale, Redgrave and The Rickinghalls in Suffolk and to make this research available to all by various means, principally by publishing books. We want to stimulate new and renewed interest in our locality and its inhabitants over the centuries. We aim to inspire people to discover more about local history and to enjoy walking in the footsteps of others.

On Monday 8th May 2023, a blue plaque was mounted on the house in Rickinghall, Suffolk where Basil Brown lived for over forty years. The plaque commemorates the former resident of the village who discovered the Great Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo on the eve of the Second World War. In fact, it was on Monday 8th May 1939 – exactly 84 years ago – that Basil Brown arrived at Sutton Hoo to begin excavating the mound which yielded up one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Britain.