Blaxhall, Suffolk

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Blaxhall Suffolk - Village

Blaxhall is a village and parish in the Suffolk Coastal district of Suffolk, England, some 8 miles (13 km) west of the coastal town of Aldeburgh.

You can find out more about Blaxhall by visiting the villages website went online in March 2001. Since then it has grown from its initial handful of pages to over a hundred, with the history section especially transformed from a couple of lines and photographs to a treasure trove of information.

If you want to find out more about the history of Blaxhall Suffolk please visit the Blaxhall Archive Groups web pages at

Also in Blaxhall you will find the Ship Inn which is a small country pub with a big heart. A centre-point of village life, it also welcomes visitors from all over the UK and beyond to sample a piece of the quiet life.

The Blaxhall Ship Inn hosts regular folk music evenings some of which are listed below.

You can fine out more about events at the Blaxhall Ship Inn by visiting the website


Event Date Description More Info
Blaxhall Events


In Suffolk there are always many exciting places to visit and interesting things to do. Visit our 'What's On' page to find out about events and activities our try our 'Places To Visit' page to understand more about our local villages, beaches, forests and beauty spots.

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Youtube Video Location
Blaxhall Fete - August Each Year Youtube Link
Blaxhall Motocross - Helmet Camera Youtube Link
Blaxhall Ship - Folk Music Session Youtube Link
Speed the Plough at the Ship Inn, Blaxhall> Youtube Link
Blaxhall Suffolk - Poppy Field Youtube Link
Blaxhall Ship Inn - Old Glory Special Molly - Morris Dancers Youtube Link
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Books and CDs

Below are links to MP3 files of songs recorded in the Blaxhall Ship on Friday November 16th 1973. They appeared on an album made by Tolly Cobbold, a brewery in Ipswich which no longer exists in any meaningful sense, but that used to own the Ship until the freehold was purchased by the late Jim Grubbs over twenty years ago.

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Sing, Say or Pay! - 

Sing, Say or Pay! - A Survey of East Suffolk Country Music by Keith Summers. Booklet notes from the recording made of Cyril Poacher’s singing.

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Archive Group

Blaxhall Archive Group was formed in 2003 and consists of people of all ages interested in recording and researching the social history of the parish of Blaxhall. One of the first projects the group undertook was to collect and record electronically as many images (mainly photographs) of people, places and events relating to Blaxhall

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On the 25th and 26th of July 2009 the Blaxhall Archive Group organised a weekend long event to celebrate the 100th birthday George Ewart Evans.

The following link give more information about the event and George Ewart Evans himself:-

Other Music Sources 

Peter Kennedy recorded in The Ship for the BBC in the early 1950s, and he and Alan Lomax (from the USA) filmed in the pub about same time. An audio CDR "Ftx036: Down at the old Blaxhall Ship" and a DVD of the film "FF1105: Health to the Barley Mow" are available from Folktrax recordings.

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In the early 1960s, local auctioneer Neil Lanham recorded in The Ship and elsewhere. A double CD of singing from the pub is available from his Helions Bumpstead Gramophone Company: "Songs from the idiom of the people of Blaxhall":

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In the early 1970s, enthusiast Keith Summers made yet more recordings. He was followed by many others in that decade. Many of Keith’s recordings have recently been made available in a series of releases: Veteran CD: "Good Hearted Fellows" VT154CD:

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Musical Traditions double CD: "A Story To Tell" MTCD339-0 These contain many recordings from Blaxhall and the area. "Musical Traditions" internet magazine also carries Keith’s article "Sing, Say or Pay" which you have links to. This website/record label also has a full CD of Cyril Poacher: "Plenty of Thyme" MTCD303

In addition, several melodeon players who were regulars in the Ship have recordings on Veteran double cassette: "The Pigeon on the Gate: Melodeon players from East Anglia" VTVS05/06:

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