June 2000


Our visit to Eleveden Hall was most interesting. We were given a guided tour round the Hall by the Agent, Mr Goode, his wife and 2 children. Although in need of some restoration the interior is in remarkably good condition. The entrance hall is spectacular, constructed in white marble in the Indian Style, built, not by Prince Deleep Singh as one would imagine, but by the first Earl of Iveagh in 1903. The visit was made even more memorable as the present Earl of Iveagh was seen walking in the grounds and some of our members were able to speak to him about the history of the hall and grounds.


Research on the latest batch of Weeting photographs has revealed that before the church was renovated in 1868 it had the remains of a painted rood screen and an east window that contained some ancient stained glass. Also the entrance porch had a sundial over the door. These items were removed and have disappeared without trace.


Excavation work has started on the site. Both the owners of the site and the contractors have been most helpful and given us access to the site. We have been able to examine the original top soil that had been buried under some 12ft of rubbish for many years. The only finds so far have been musket balls, buttons and other modern debris, but we shall keep looking, hopefully to locate the Priory buildings.


Our appeal for photographs etc in the previous WWords must have been missed by most people in the village as the response was very disappointing. What happened to the boxes of photos owned by Mrs Olive Groves and the hundreds of photos taken by the local photographer Arthur Mennell? Mr Mennell lived in Gees Lane and used a garden shed as his studio. So please look in your attics, family albums etc., we are convinced that there are many gems waiting to be discovered.


We have a stall again this year in the museum tent. Much of our archive material will be on display and we shall have a selection of Weeting greetings cards for sale. Please come and see us and have a chat, you may event decide to join our group!


Our meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.