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HISTORY OF HOXNE SHOWN IN NEW BOOK

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A LOCAL historian has published a book depicting the history of the village of Hoxne.

Stephen Govier, a resident of the village, has included more than 100 photographs and illustrations of his native home in the 84 page book.

In the book Hoxne: An Illustrated History Mr Govier focuses on the architecture, people and families of the village alongside biographical information and historical references.

The village is explored through each of its areas of habitation including Chickering South Green and Reading Green and features several family groups and notable village characters.

The book also includes views and interiors of the demolished Oakley Park, once the home of the prolific Kerrison family.

Mr Govier said; “I enjoy finding old photographs and postcards of the area and putting a story to a building or group of people, my favourite photos in the Hoxne book are the ones of the school children, bowls club, village craftsmen and family groups.”

Stephen has dedicated the book to his late father, James Govier, who lived in the village during the latter part of his life and whose 1953 oil painting acts as the front cover for the book.

“My father was a keen photographer and as an artist you learn how to compose a picture, so I enjoyed taking photographs of the village and villagers, because in 50 years’ time these images will be historical” said Mr Grove.

Stephen gained his art education at Lowestoft and Liverpool Art Schools and he worked as an art teacher and history teacher for more than 20 years and still lectures in it .

This is Stephen’s second piece of work on Hoxne and follows on from his 2006 book entitled ‘An Illustrated History of Hoxne’, with Stephen also compiling similar books on Diss, Eye, Framlingham and Stradbroke and has also published an illustrated biography of Norfolk’s greatest historian, Francis Blomefield.

Mr Govier said: “I have a passionate interest in the history of Suffolk and Norfolk as my ancestors came from both sides of the River Waveney and we were known as borderers.”

“People from Norfolk and Suffolk have a friendly rivalry about the county they were born in.”

Copies of the book are available from Hoxne Post Office, Diss Tourist Information Office or signed by the author via post.

 

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