Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Kray twins link to historic Suffolk hall

08:00 29 January 2008

Bill Wyman with his Signature Detector

Bill Wyman with his Signature Detector

AGING rocker Bill Wyman is well known for discovering ancient relics around his stately Suffolk home.

But the metal detecting enthusiast has uncovered a sinister side to the more recent past of his 15th century mansion Gedding Hall, near Bury St Edmunds.
shares

VETERAN rocker Bill Wyman is well known for discovering ancient relics around his stately Suffolk home.

But the metal detecting enthusiast has uncovered a sinister side to the more recent past of his 15th century mansion Gedding Hall, near Bury St Edmunds.

Research conducted by keen genealogist Mr Wyman has revealed the fascinating role his home played in one of the most infamous killings of all time.

Mr Wyman told a national newspaper that Ronnie and Reggie Kray fled to the hall after killing Jack 'the Hat' McVitie in 1967. They were meant to have stayed up until 3am deciding what to do before returning to London.

The former Rolling Stone found the link while researching the previous tenants of his 550-year-old moated manor. And his findings have been backed up by local residents who said the Krays' link with the Suffolk village had become something of an “urban myth” - strengthening their links with the county.

Dr Henry Fell, chairman of Gedding's parish meeting , said: “I have heard something about the Krays visiting Gedding Hall, I think most people in the village have.

“It has always been an urban myth in the village. There was even a rumour police drained the lake around the hall to search for Jack the Hat's body.

“Although it is now not a topic for general discussion, it is quite interesting to think the Krays had a link to our village and the hall certainly has a fascinating history.”

The Krays were said to have struck up some kind of association with Geoffrey Allen who owned Gedding Hall before Mr Wyman bought it in 1968.

Allen was dubbed “The Godfather” on his gravestone, which resides in the village cemetery, after he was sent to prison for seven years following a 25-year career in crime.

Nine years after selling Gedding Hall, the property dealer was found guilty of swindling insurance companies for more than £300,000 after fires at Briggate Mill, in Norfolk, and Shortgrove Hall, near Saffron Walden.

It is known that the Krays made regular trips to Suffolk to escape their underworld existence in the 1950s and 1960s having fallen in love with the county after being evacuated to the area during the war.

At the height of their criminal power, it is known they kept a caravan in Borley, near Sudbury, and used it as a hideout while the brothers also bought a large house on the edge of Bildeston.

shares

0 comments

Fallen trees in high winds have closed roads in Suffolk

Strong winds early today have brought down trees and power lines around the county, causing disruption for morning travellers.

Ipswich Crown Court

A Suffolk nightclub owner who shoved a man in the chest causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the pavement has been warned he is facing a jail sentence after admitting manslaughter.

Ipswich Hospital on Heath Road, Ipswich.

Ipswich Hospital could finish this financial year on a deficit of up to £12million, with a significant increase in emergency admissions just one of the reasons for the position.

Povey hurled bottles towards Tesco staff because he wanted to go back to prison

A homeless man caused Tesco staff to “run for their lives” as he hurled bottles of alcohol towards them because he wanted to return to prison, a court heard.

Homes are included in the plans. Library image.

Plans for a large-scale development off the A120 at Ramsey creating more than 1,000 jobs have been tipped for approval tonight.

An impression of the possible development of the island site with the double bridge over the lock in the foreground.

A road crossing across Ipswich’s wet dock would lead to more traffic and pollution, transport campaigners have said.

Cllr Richard Kirby

Two Labour members of Ipswich Council are stepping down early – creating a couple of by-elections to be held on the same day as the General Election.

Cat chipping event at The Meeting Place Community Centre. Left to right, Ben Gummer, Bizzles, Claire Hale.

Cat owners in Ipswich gathered on Saturday to help protect their pets with a chipping event.

Link Travel had contracts with Suffolk County Council.

The collapse of a Suffolk-based specialist travel company has left dozens of clients needing help with transportation stranded.

East Anglian Group of Marine Artists exhibition at Thompson’s Gallery, in Aldeburgh. A Harbour in the Gulf of Morbihan by Kenneth Denton.

A Suffolk gallery is set to host work by the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists for the second time.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages