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An author’s 30-year research on her ancestry, which led her to a house in Old Buckenham, has been published in a book.

Moira Walshe’s The Clarks of Crofton Hall: The Rise of a Victorian Family traces her family back to the 1800s and covers three generations.

During her research, Ms Walshe uncovered how her grandfather, Herbert Westfield, lived in the village and made his livelihood there.

Moira Walshe with her new book and a picture of her grandfather, Herbert Westfield, outside his former house in Old Buckenham. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Moira Walshe with her new book and a picture of her grandfather, Herbert Westfield, outside his former house in Old Buckenham. Picture: Mark Bullimore

She said: “He moved there in the early 1920s and converted the building from a reading room, which was falling in popularity, and opened up a business serving the community as a garage.

“He repaired motors and bicycles and sold petrol. He also had a shop there, too.

“I really hope that people in the village today are interested in who lived there at a time which is now getting beyond living memory.”

To purchase a copy of the book, email moira.walshe@btinternet.com or copies are on sale at Diss Publishing Bookshop in Mere Street.



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