Stowmarket is a small market town in Suffolk, where they still hold a bi-weekly market every Thursday and Saturday and have since 1347, when Edward III first granted the market charter. Stowmarket lies on the River Gipping, which is joined by its tributary, the River Rat, to the south of the town.
You may not think of this area as being explosive, but disaster struck Stowmarket on the 11th day of August 1871, when an explosion at a local gun cotton factory claimed twenty-four lives and left seventy-five more people injured. The site of the explosion is now home to a large paint factory.
More history of the town includes the important event on June 8th, 1918, when the first United Kingdom astronomical observation of nova V603 Aquilae was made by A. Grace Cook.Then again on December the 13th of 1934, amateur astronomer J. P. M. Prentice discovered DQ Herculis from the town.
While you’re in Stowmarket, be sure to take time out to visit the museum of East Anglian life and while you’re there, you can take advantage of the history and natural world of East Anglia on the beautiful seventy-five acre site. It’s perfect for vaping and as you explore nearly three kilometres of woodland and riverside nature trails, you can fill your tank with your favourite Medusa Juice e-liquid. While you’re there, you can learn about the fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture. Or maybe you want to get steamed up with the powerful engines and meet some of the friendly animals, which include rare breeds of cattle and sheep. You can browse through numerous restored historic buildings, including the newly restored Abbot’s Hall and try some delicious food and local produce in the new museum cafe. Afterward, stroll along the grounds as you enjoy those fragrant clouds of your Medusa Juice vape liquids.
Royal Seal Of Approval
Some other interesting things which have taken place in Stowmarket include a solitary German bomber plane being spotted over Stowmarket just before midday on Friday, the 31st of January 1941, firing its guns. The bomber strafed a large area of the town, before dropping bombs onto the high street. The Stowmarket Congregational Chapel, a gothic style building which was built in the 19th century, was completely destroyed. Mrs Rhoda Farrow, who had just returned from seeing her son Ronald and his fiancee off at the train station was the only casualty.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Stowmarket during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations on July 17th, 2002. This was actually the Queen’s second trip to Stowmarket, having first visited the town just after becoming Queen in July of 1961. During the visit, Her Majesty and Prince Philip visited the local market, meeting stall holders before the Queen unveiled a new Town Sign and met representatives from local organisations while the Duke of Edinburgh met students who took part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and viewed a display at the Museum of East Anglian Life. So, there you have it, the museum I was telling you about was approved by the Queen herself!
Things Of Note
Other things worth mention and places to visit are the church of St Peter and St Mary, which is in the decorated style and dates to the 14th century. The 16th-century former vicarage, now the town council offices and register office, has associations with John Milton. The Milton’s Tree in its grounds is believed to be an offshoot of one of the many trees he planted there.
Haughley Park is also an historical house of significance listed on the English Heritage Register. It is a large red brick country house built around 1620 for the Sulyard family who were very prominent landowners in this area at that time.
I already mentioned the museum which is located near the town centre, so you really must try to see it, it doesn’t disappoint.
The Karnser is a raised pavement in Station Road West, next to the church. The name is the East Anglian dialect word caunsey, which means a causey (causeway).
Sometime during the 18th century, the Gipping was made navigable between Stowmarket and Ipswich by a series of locks. This newly created canal was known as the Ipswich and Stowmarket Navigation and played an important part in everything from shipping goods to tourism.
The Stowmarket High School was founded in 1909 and is still going strong. Stowmarket has held an annual carnival for well over fifty years in the recreation park and it features a fun fair, fireworks, a procession through the town and local entertainment.
The village of Stowmarket also plays host to the music festival Stow-Fest, which is a live music open-air event that takes place annually at Chilton Fields in the North of Stowmarket. Since 2010 the town has hosted the Stowblues Festival, which is organised in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk.
Some notable people attached to Stowmarket include the poet John Milton, who made regular visits to the town as his tutor, Dr Thomas Young, became vicar of Stowmarket in 1628.
Other notable residents included political writer, William Godwin, who spent time as minister at the Stowmarket Independent Church. Then there was the singer and West End actress, Kerry Ellis, who was brought up in the nearby village of Haughley and also attended the Stowmarket High School.
There’s also Delia Smith, who resides nearby in Combs. Stow has produced a professional footballer, James Scowcroft, as well as professional wrestler, Neil Faith, who has lived in Stowmarket. The poet George Crabbe went to school in the town and please don’t forget amateur astronomers A. Grace Cook and J. P. M. Prentice lived in the town.
You’re just a short drive from any of the four Medusa Juice locations as well and whether you choose to go to King’s Lynn to the original Medusa Juice Vape Shop or visit the bus station kisok there, or the shop in Norwich or Peterborough, you can depend on getting great deals on premium products every single day.