Commercial Life of a Suffolk Town

The Commercial Life of a Suffolk Town is a book about Framlingham in Suffolk around 1901.

The activity sheets are resources to add to the material contained in the book.

Research Aspect 1: Framlingham locations

This page is a map to show Framlingham in 1901. The overlays for the map are based on the Ordnance Survey map for the town of 1904, and include all the buildings shown on the 1904 map.

The overlays are shown on top of the 'Google' map system, a global mapping system. The use of Geographic Information Systems in history is opening up new ways of viewing information and understanding our heritage, alongside many other ways in which they are used, such as marketing and route planning.

The overlays as currently displayed are as close to matching the Google map as we can achieve at present. As further tools become available, we hope to make some fine adjustments to the map. Clicking on the markers will often supply further information about the location.

Research Aspect 2: Framlingham Census Data 1901

Activity 2 is based around the census records for Framlingham in 1901.

Census records for England are available from 1841. They are released into the public domain after 100 years, so 1901 is that latest available for Framlingham. The ability to search for ancestors on census records is now one of the major uses of the Internet. However, having found our relative, can we use the census records to understand more of the world in which they lived?

John Bridges has shown in his book The Commercial Life of a Suffolk Town that we certainly can, and you will find references to the census throughout the book and particularly in the appendix, where he has provided some analysis of the data. The tools on the web site will enable you to carry out searches and analysis of your own. (You may find the Activity Sheets provided on this site to accompany the booklet 'East and West Runton' will enable you to develop some ideas on how to use the tools available here.)