David Copperfield

"I was born at Blunderstone, in Suffolk. There is nothing half so green as I know anywhere, as the grass of that churchyard; nothing half so shady as its trees; nothing half so quiet as its tombstones. The sheep are feeding there, when I kneel up to look out. Here is our pew in the church. What a high-backed pew! With a window near it, out of which our house can be seen. I look up at the monumental tablets on the wall, and try to think of Mr Bodgers late of this parish, and what the feelings of Mrs Bodgers must have been, when affliction sore, long time Mr Bodgers bore, and physicians were in vain. I look to the pulpit, and think what a good place it would be to play in, and what a castle it would make, with another boy coming up the stairs to attack it..." 

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

There are a few versions of the way in which Charles Dickens decided to use Blundeston as the birthplace of his own favourite character - David Copperfield. This is one of them - Charles Dickens was staying at Somerleyton Hall with Sir Morton Peto and one day they decided to go for a walk and ended up at the Plough Inn in Blundeston. Obviously Dickens must have either had a fantastic memory or he revisited several times, because he goes into great detail about the Rookery, the house where David is supposed to have been born, which is in Pound Lane opposite to the Church. He mentions the Sundial on the Church Porch, (which has been replaced since those times), several other things about the Church and its Churchyard. and of course the Plough Inn itself which is where Barkis the Carrier started his journeys to Great Yarmouth, and a sign above the door of the pub reminds the passer by of this.  

 

Blundeston More Village History

A new book entitled "Blundeston More Village History" was launched in Blundeston Village Hall on Sunday 22nd April 2012. The book follows on from the very successful sell out of all copies of the limited edition "Blundeston A Village History" in 2007 and is the work of two members of The  Blundeston Local History Society - Iris Mayes and Olwen Offord. The books will be on sale at £4.50 each, please contact Iris Mayes for a copy on 01502 730145.

 

 

Blundeston is mentioned in at least two other books

 

Sebastian Faulks writes in A Fools Alphabet - "He turned the car round and headed towards a group of houses, there was a curiously shaped church, lumpish and off-centre, with a circular Saxon tower. - To his surprise he found a notice in the porch that said this was the church used by Dickens in his book"

A slightly older book than the one above, by Jack Saunders, who was born in Lowestoft, is entitled It Seems Like Yesterday which was published in 1995 and is about his experiences as a Prisoner of War in Java, in it he tells us that when he was due to be repatriated he had a brief stay in Palestine and found he had no money, a Good Samaritan who he did not know, lent him £5 and asked him to visit Blundeston on his return and take the £5 to his sister who lived at Red House Farm, Market Lane, Blundeston. The Good Samaritan turned out to be Dick Bruton who lived in the Village for many years afterwards.

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