Category Archives: Thorndon

Thorndon: A Clayland Village

Thorndon – A Clayland Village was published in June of this year and, having not acquired a copy yet, sounds like a good account of the whole history of the village. I have very good reasons to read it. As a researcher of Suffolk family trees I am told that it mentions my wife’s family in it, especially the Cracknells. Shadrack and John (her great-grandfather and her grandfather respectively) were both master carpenters in the village. Indeed the author Irene is a cousin of my mother-in-law, her grandmother Zenobia Lockwood being a sister to Shadrack.

A few years ago I researched the Thorndon Lockwoods to some detail, stemming from finding that Zenobia Cracknell had married Robert Lockwood, a pork butcher from Thorndon. If my memory is correct I think Zenobia was also born at Thorndon, as was Shadrack. I would welcome anyone to get in touch who are researching either the Cracknells or the Lockwoods of Thorndon.

The book is priced at a reasonable £5 and at the moment is only available from the village shop.