Long Melford: Limited reprint of book about Melford’s history

John Nunn, of Long Melford Heritage Centre with the reprinted version of Ernest Ambrose's local hist

John Nunn, of Long Melford Heritage Centre with the reprinted version of Ernest Ambrose's local history book Melford Memories - Credit: Archant

A popular local history book about life in one of west Suffolk’s best-known villages is to be reprinted in aid of a recently established heritage centre.

Melford Memories was originally written in the late 1960s by Long Melford man, Ernest Ambrose. He was renowned for his accurate and witty observations of life in the village, during almost a century.

The book centres on Long Melford but casts light on the whole local area. For many years Mr Ambrose was the organist at Borley Church and is one of the few witnesses of the famous ‘haunting’ at nearby Borley Rectory.

Parish councillor John Nunn, of Long Melford Heritage Centre, pictured, said they were fortunate enough to be in a position to produce a limited reprint of the acclaimed book, with all profits to the centre. It is being funded by the family of former village policeman and local historian Thomas Howlett, who died in 1975 aged 49, soon after helping Mr Ambrose publish the book.

Lavenham Press has printed 200 limited edition copies, which will be available from this Saturday at Long Melford Fine Foods, Looking Good Feeling Better, and the Heritage Centre, open on Wednesday from 2-4pm, Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from noon to 4pm.


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