GESTINGTHORPE 'THEN & NOW' PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK - COMING LATER THIS YEAR

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Welcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group website

Welcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group websiteWelcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group website

Welcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group website

Welcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group website

Welcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group websiteWelcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group websiteWelcome to the Gestingthorpe History Group website

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A former resident of Gestingthorpe - discovered!

In these times of isolation and social distancing I have been enjoying the daily live video broadcasts that renowned art dealer/historian Philip Mould has been giving, detailing his private art collection in his beautiful home in Oxfordshire.

On Wednesday 1st April 2020 he introduced the viewers to a large painting on the wall of his dining room and how he discovered it in a sale room in America in the early 1980's when he was a young and upcoming art dealer.

I'll let Philip explain further....

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the story continues

On seeing this video broadcast I immediately felt a familiarity with the image which was confirmed once Philip mentioned the name of Rippingale (a long standing surname in and around Gestingthorpe to this day). Could this be an image I had wondered about for 10 years - having read about it in a book published in 1905 by Alfred Patchett detailing the history of Gestingthorpe through the ages? The book is one I refer to regularly when gleaning interesting snippets to include on this website or the Facebook page that accompanies it. 

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THE excitement BUILDS

I quickly found my copy of this little book and searched for the entry I had initially read all those years previously - not only was the reference correct but detailed a T. Elliston in the painting (the Elliston family owned Moat Farm from 1712) as well as Joseph Rippingale - holding a ceramic bowl - who went on to run the Gestingthorpe pottery factory in the second half of the 18th century (at least 3 of his signed pots are still in existence in Cambridge and Ipswich Museums). The owner of Moat Farm, Mrs Branwhite passed away in 1903 when the contents of the house were sold and the whereabouts of the painting was unknown.

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A happy owner

I contacted Philip via his email and explained how and why I knew this picture - needless to say he was delighted that we could extend its provenance back to the time it was painted, but also give a little background to the sitters. This happy chance, that was brought about by the dreadful Corona Virus, is also as fast developing, and Philip hopes to write about his time in isolation, this painting and his enforced online media stardom in the Telegraph newspaper. Given his increased media following, as a result of his broadcasts, he hopes to follow up his overview of this painting (adding this new information we were able to provide) with another video broadcast.

We wait in anticipation. (Friday 3rd April 2020)

about gestingthorpe

about gestingthorpe

about gestingthorpe

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In c.989, Ælfhelm willed to his wife the chief messuage at Gyrstlingathorpe, its produce and men, except half the woodland and open land to Godric, his daughter and his priest. 

Read more here.

coming events

about gestingthorpe

about gestingthorpe

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We are currently looking at dates for events in 2020 and will keep you informed once we have something planned.

Photo gallery

about gestingthorpe

Photo gallery

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Look through the ever growing collection we have of the village and its inhabitants.

We are always on the look out for your images old or new.

projects

a very gallant gentleman

Photo gallery

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Have a look through some of the past and current projects that we are involved with.

a very gallant gentleman

a very gallant gentleman

a very gallant gentleman

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Lawrence Edward Grace Oates as well as joining Captain Scott on his ill-fated journey to the South Pole grew up in Gestingthorpe Hall and his family did a great deal for the village throughout the 20th Century.

memories

a very gallant gentleman

a very gallant gentleman

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We are lucky to have recollections of residents past and present both audio, visual and written.

FURTHER READING

FURTHER READING

FURTHER READING

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We are lucky to have a number of local authors their work on local history is both enlightening and informative.

THE CHURCH

FURTHER READING

FURTHER READING

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The tower was built in the 15th Century, but the oldest part dates to the 13th.

BRICKS & POTS

FURTHER READING

BRICKS & POTS

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There were two brickyards making tiles, drains, bricks and copings together with a small pottery that made commemorative pots and utilitarian wares.

THE FOUNDRY

CRICKET / FOOTBALL

BRICKS & POTS

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The Downs family were well known for making ploughs and other farming equipments as well as the hire of engines.

CRICKET / FOOTBALL

CRICKET / FOOTBALL

CRICKET / FOOTBALL

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The playing field in the heart of Gestingthorpe has long played host to a Football Team in the winter and a Cricket Team in the Summer.

THE ROMANS

CRICKET / FOOTBALL

CRICKET / FOOTBALL

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Before the Norman Conquest there were Romans living and working in the village - we have the remains of a Villa to confirm this.

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