Picture book helps to portray history of Palgrave

Peter Atkinson has written a book called, Palgrave, Photographs and Anecdotes. Byline: Sonya DuncanC

Peter Atkinson has written a book called, Palgrave, Photographs and Anecdotes. Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A book detailing the history of a north Suffolk village through pictures and anecdotes will help to fund church refurbishments.

Peter Atkinson has written a book called, Palgrave, Photographs and Anecdotes. Byline: Sonya DuncanC

Peter Atkinson has written a book called, Palgrave, Photographs and Anecdotes. Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Originally the idea of Ken Nockles, who had wanted to put together a history book of Palgrave, he died before he was able to complete the project.

Peter Atkinson, who was born and has lived in the village for most of his life, was entrusted with the photographs Mr Nockles had already collected and decided to put them together in a book called Memories of Palgrave with Photographs and Anecdotes.

The 72-year-old, who lives with his wife Mary, said: 'It is a tribute to Ken as far as I am concerned.

'He was a lovely man with a great sense of humour. He talked about having a picture book after a history book but I could not finish the history book so the picture book came first.'

Peter Atkinson has written a book called, Palgrave, Photographs and Anecdotes.A wedding in the villa

Peter Atkinson has written a book called, Palgrave, Photographs and Anecdotes.A wedding in the village. Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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Some of the proceeds raised from the sales of the book will go to help refurbishment work at the Church of Saint Peter in the village.

Mr Atkinson said he enjoyed speaking to people in the village about their memories, stories they heard growing up and collecting photographs from them.

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Some of the pictures date back to the late 1800s and there are stories about the village hall, Palgrave school and how a scarecrow came to the rescue of a man who burnt his hat.

'I have had enormous help from my uncle Jesse Atkinson who is 90 and his near neighbour Lardy Baldwin who is 93,' said Mr Atkinson.

'Without their help I would not have got half the information or anecdotes.'

He added: 'I have enjoyed making it. It was terrific. I chatted to an awful lot of people. It is a personal view on the village.'

The book is available from Wortham Post Office and Leslie Ward Collectable Gifts in Diss for £7.

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