What will the head of Roman Emperor Claudius be doing in the Suffolk village of Rendham?

A replica of the bust of the Emperor Claudius, which was found in Rendham more than a century ago, a

A replica of the bust of the Emperor Claudius, which was found in Rendham more than a century ago, and will be returning for a special celebration in the village. Albert Lane and Monica Kitson with the bust. It was Monica's uncle that originally found the bust in the river. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The replica of a Roman emperor’s bronze bust will be making a rare reappearance at the Suffolk village where it was first found more than a century ago during a celebration of the community’s history.

A replica of the bust of the Emperor Claudius, which was found in Rendham more than a century ago, a

A replica of the bust of the Emperor Claudius, which was found in Rendham more than a century ago, and will be returning for a special celebration in the village. Monica Kitson with her mothers scrapbook . It was Monica's uncle that originally found the bust in the river. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Emperor Claudius will be the star attraction of the Rendham Recalled event, which takes place on Sunday, March 29, and draws on experiences from some of the village’s veterans.

Originally discovered in the river Alde in 1907 by two Rendham boys, Arthur Godbold and Arthur Baxter, the bust was later bought for five shillings by the Benhall school master.

He identified the head as having been torn from the statue by Boudicca’s Iceni warriors, and it was later sold for £15,500 to the British Museum.

A replica, which is usually kept at St Michael’s Church will be on display at the village hall during the event where historian Charles Seely will discuss its significance.


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Mr Baxter’s niece, Monica Kitson, is one of five speakers attending the event, who will be regaling audiences with their memories of the village.

Well-known characters; former buildings that have long since gone and old forgotten trades, will be among the subjects discussed, along with tales from village events and memories of the village’s war years.

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Event organiser Albert Lain said: “I was so entranced by the stories I was hearing from older members of the community, I was determined to put together this event.”

Mr Lain thanked the speakers for supporting the event, which will raise funds for new village hall equipment. Tickets for the event, which starts at 2.30pm, cost £5. They can be reserved from Mr Lain on 01728 663567.

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