The following SIAH book publications are in print
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A dictionary of Suffolk place-names by Keith Briggs and Kelly Kilpatrick (in association with the English Place-Name Society) ISBN 9780904889918, 2016, £14 (plus £3.60 p&p).
A one-year collaborative research project between the SIAH and the Institute of Name Studies, University of Nottingham, has resulted in this in-depth study of the major place-names of Suffolk. An introductory section outlines the history of place-names and their development in Suffolk, followed by the dictionary of places, a reference work that is straightforward to use, and enhanced by occasional illustrations. It concludes with a list of place-name elements, and personal names from Old and Middle English, and Scandinavian are also listed.
Please see errata and other information at http://keithbriggs.info/DSPN.html .
The dovecotes of Suffolk by John McCann, ISBN 0952139014, 1998, members £7.00, (others £8.50) plus £3.60 p&p.
This is the first study of Suffolk’s historic dovecotes, which were both functional buildings and architectural expressions of social status. As they were built in the fashionable style of their time, they illustrate the history of architecture in microcosm, from the 14th to the 19th centuries. This study relates the features found to contemporary descriptions of working practice. The book is richly illustrated with photographs and diagrams.
The following two titles can only be obtained from Joanne Sear, Proceedings Editor, to whom enquiries should be sent: proceedingseditorATsuffolkinstitute.org.uk. (Please replace AT with @ in the email addresses).
Building the late medieval Suffolk church by Simon Cotton, ISBN 9780952139089, 2019.
This book looks at the documentary evidence for the building of late medieval Suffolk churches. It is based on bequests in the wills of local inhabitants c.1370-1510 and includes data from churchwardens’ accounts amongst other sources. A prelude to the gazetteer, with colour illustrations, outlines the parameters of the study and the result is a fascinating and extremely useful reference volume.
£10 (plus £3.60 p&p)
Suffolk Church Chests by David Sherlock. £15 + £3.60 p&p. (Published 2008, a few copies only remaining.)
Church chests are almost the only remaining moveable class of objects still to be found in English parish churches. In Suffolk many churches still have a medieval chest or chests, which in spite of age or occasional neglect are magnificent objects which are worth studying for their carpentry, ironwork, locking mechanisms, design and style. They have not received the study they deserve and this book aims to rectify this situation.
Titles no longer in print
Deer parks of Suffolk 1086-1602 by Rosemary Hoppitt, foreword by Tom Williamson. ISBN 9780952139096 (2020).
Deer parks were prominent features in the Suffolk landscape from the medieval period onward. They occupied hundreds of acres of enclosed woodland and pasture but were also symbolic features signalling the status, power and control of their owners in both the landscape and in society. This study of parks opens a window onto the past, partly by re-imagining past landscapes, and partly by observing people. At one end of the social spectrum we can see park-keepers dealing with their yearly round of maintenance and management; we discover local poachers bent on taking venison and politically driven gangs inflicting damage on property with intent. At the other end, we catch glimpses of the aristocracy and religiosi enclosing land, indulging in hunting, entertaining friends, dispensing largesse and feasting on venison. Overall the subject is wide-ranging, drawing on evidence from the landscape and from a rich archive of documentary sources. The book provides a valuable resource for both enthusiasts and academics to take the study even further. For more information please see http://hoppitt.com/suffolkparks/.
Business of the Suffolk parish 1558-1625 by David Dymond, 9780952139072, 2018
Monastic sign language by David Sherlock, ISBN 9780952139065, 2016
Suffolk church chests by David Sherlock, ISBN 9780952139058, 2008
Decoding flint flushwork on Suffolk and Norfolk churches by John Blatchly and Peter Northeast, ISBN 0952139049, 2005
Master Mason Hawes of Occold and John Hore master carpenter of Diss, by Birkin Haward, ISBN 0952139030, 2000
Suffolk medieval church roof carvings by Birkin Haward, ISBN 0952139022, 1999
Suffolk medieval church arcades by Birkin Haward, ISBN 9780952139003, 1993
The Household Book of Dame Alice de Bryene, translated by M.K. Dale, Ipswich 1931, revised edition by J. M. Ridgard, Bungay 1984.