Combs History Club

The history group started in 2010 with a few local residents meeting each month. Our meetings have varied from talks, walks and visits. The aim of the history group is to encourage villagers to find out about the history of the village they live in and its inhabitants.

The history group has been working hard in the background over the past few years collecting information and photos of the village.  We now have a large collection of photos and stories of life in the village.  We put on a display each year at the village fete held in July  of any new documents that have been given to us or any interesting facts about the village we have researched.  So please come along and have a browse.  If you can help in any way to research or share any photos or stories then please contact us.

We welcome new members who have a curiosity to find out more about the village and local area. If you were born or have lived in the village and can help us with the local history, we would love to hear from you.

Contact: Jill Scarff, West End Farm, Mill Lane, Combs, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 2NF | Tel : 01449 613489 | Email :

Did you know...?

  • Alan Smedhurst (the singing postman) recorded his famous song “Have you got a light boy” in the out buildings at Ebbs Farmhouse.
  • Thomas Wolsley’s father Robert Wulcey was born in Combs and so were his ancestors.
  • Holy Oak Farm, church services were held round the tree and the bible was chained through the peg holes clearly seen in the trunk, hence called holy oak.
  • On the 31st July 1880 an acorn was planted in the park in Combs to celebrate 100 years of Sunday school. Two thousand three hundred children marched from Stowmarket to Combs to celebrate in the park. The tree still stands.
  • We have an apple tree, named “Catherine” first discovered in Combs, in the grounds of the Live and Let Live. This apple tree has been re planted by several locals in the last couple of years.
  • Combs had a private boarding school on Scotchers corner, Prospect Place.
  • There were eight known ale houses in the village of Combs!