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Old photographs and memories wanted for heritage project

High Lodge in Thetford Forest. Picture: Ian Burt

High Lodge in Thetford Forest. Picture: Ian Burt

A heritage project is looking for old photographs to help document history from 100 years ago.

As part of the Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, volunteers are investigating the history of the site which is now the visitor hub for Thetford Forest.

With the help of Suffolk Archaeology CIC, the foundations of farm buildings dating back to the 1800s have been found.

Written evidence has also been gathered about the First World War light railway which ran from High Lodge to a sawmill at Santon Downham, transporting timber to be used for the war effort.

The Canadian Army Timber Corps were involved in this work.

Anne Mason, project manager, is hoping that local families might have links to either High Lodge before it became the Forestry Commission centre, or to the First World War in the area.

She said: “We’re particularly keen to find photographs of the farm at High Lodge.

“Often family photos have buildings in the background and it could be that High Lodge Farm is in someone’s photos.

“There may be people whose family memories include meeting those Canadians or even helping them build the railway in 1918.”

Any photographs will be carefully copied and acknowledged and the originals returned to their owners.

If you have any photographs or memories to share, email highlodgefeedback@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or call 0300 067 4400.

You can also write to Project Manager, High Lodge Heritage Project, Forest District Office, Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0TJ.

To discover more about the project, which includes workshops and a new trail in the forest, visit the Forestry Commission site.

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