A record of the town since the dawn of photography


Walnuttree Lane

Catalogue ref: pa391

Category: Mid-20th Century Townscape

Period: 1946-c1975

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The young Peter Harvey surveys the debris of the chimney at Clover's Mill - it was knocked down prior to the conversion of the building into the Mill Hotel. It was brought down by about 6 men with pneumatic drills, drilling around the bottom, rather like felling a tree. It was supposed to fall along the Mill stream, but it missed, with a large proportion falling across Clovers forecourt, where Peter can be seen on the photo. The chimney dated from the end of the 19th century when Isaac Clover installed a steam driven roller mill. Taken in the early 1960s.

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The market town of Sudbury, on the borders of Suffolk and Essex, has a long and fascinating history. Much of the way of life in the town since the invention of photography has been caught on camera. The Sudbury Museum Trust has developed this website to show and provide information on a selection of these photographs.

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