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Caesar tells us in "de Bello Gallico" that the Druids were responsible for what education there was among the Celtic people who inhabited these lands.If there were Druidic priests at Glemsford they may have become the "teachers" of the Goidels, Brythons and Belgae, The settlement was most probably on land that until recently was the old parish common or Prophets Common, and stretched from Grove Meadow and Tye Green, at the top of the hill to Fair green towards the Church.The female workers of the silk industry were urged to combine and try and improve the conditions under which they worked.Was Trade Unionism and the Labour movement in Glemsford initiated at this open-air meeting on such an ancient site?A part of this Green now called Rectory Meadow was once known as Tenter Meadow for it was here that cloth was hung out to dry and stretched on "tenter-hooks".FAIR GREEN, made a traffic roundabout in living memory, used to be a large green stretching up from Brook Street as far as the entrance to Schoolfield.Many facts of interest to an historian have been omitted but the writer would be pleased to discuss any part of the History with interested enquirers as full notes in manuscript have been retained.He would be glad also to hear of any further stories of the past, which local inhabitants may know.
Their names are too numerous to mention, but for their interest and encouragement I gladly express my thanks I feel however, I must acknowledge the work of Mr. Bangham of Glemsford who has kindly checked through my manuscript, and made most helpful suggestions and the kindness of Mr.
Here from the Middle Ages a fair was held on June 24th each year and 'roundabouts' of a different kind enjoyed with all the 'fun of the fair' until about the year 1910.
Unfortunately no record of a charter granting the right to hold the fair has yet been discovered or noted. His seat of government and the Mint from whence his gold coinage emanated were at Lexden near Colchester, A coin bearing his inscription was found in Glemsford and two more were found at Long Melford showing that the area was inhabited at this period. This is the first piece of factual history that the writer has been able to obtain.
Richard Burn of Sudbury and other friends for providing the interesting photographs in the central portion of the Book, And last but not least to thank my wife for her encouragement, and for typing my notes and preparing the final typescript.
Glemsford on Hodgkinson's map of 1783 It is probably that Glemsford has been the home of man for 10,000 years.