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recipes in the English language. Eliza Acton moved to IPSWICH as a baby when her father,
a brewer, became a partner with Trotman, Halliday Studd & Co (later becoming Studd,
Halliday & Acton) in College Street, although only Wolsey’s gateway remains of the original
buildings of that street.
Just north of Ipswich at GREAT BEALINGS is Suffolk’s own pyramid, although not quite
on the scale of those in Egypt! It was built by EDWARD MOOR (1771-1848), a young
scholar/soldier, after he was invalided home to Suffolk from India in 1805. A keen observer
and recorder of the deities and images of Hinduism he built the pyramid in the grounds of his
home Great Bealings House (now Bealings House) to which he attached some of the Hindu
statues he brought back with him. He published The Hindu Pantheon in 1810, described
recently by William Dalrymple as ‘the first serious analysis in English of the everyday rites
and practices of ordinary Hindus’. Three of his great collection of Hindu paintings can be
seen in IPSWICH HIGH STREET MUSEUM, the rest are in the British Museum. Suffolk
Words and Phrases published in 1823 is considered a classic of its kind. Moor knew the
FitzGerald family, and Edward FitzGerald spent Christmases at Bealings Hall as a boy. Take



the road from Little Bealings through to Woodbridge, stop by Rosary Lane, and you can see
the House, which is private property, with the pyramid in its grounds.

At MARTLESHAM, near Ipswich JUDGE JOHN DRABBLE (1906-1982), father of
Margaret Drabble and A.S. Byatt, lived at St Mary’s just off the A12 when he became a
County Court judge for Suffolk. He wrote two novels Death’s Second Self (1971) and
Scawsby (1977). You can still take the walk he loved, along by the Deben at Waldringfield.
JOHN HADFIELD’s (1907-1999) only novel, Love on a Branch Line, is an amusing, surreal
story based on the real Mid-Suffolk Light Railway from Haughley Junction to Laxfield, still in
service until 1952. He lived at Barham Manor, north of IPSWICH (although the house in his
novel is very clearly based on Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk), and died at Saxstead. Hadfield, editor
and anthologist, was the first Director of the National Book League, as well as the proprietor of
a private press and Director of George Rainbird, the publishers. He produced the anthologies A
Book of Beauty and A Book of Delight and celebrated the Queen’s first official visit to Suffolk
in 1961 with another entitled A Suffolk Garland for the Queen.
ADRIAN BELL (1901-1980), author of the famous trilogy, Corduroy, Silver Ley and The
Cherry Tree, as well as many other books, was first apprenticed at the farm at Farley Hall,
DARSHAM. In Corduroy he recalls: ‘I was upon the fringe of Suffolk, a county rich in
agricultural detail missed by my untutored eye. It was but scenery to me, nor had I any
inkling of what it might become.’ When he retired from farming, but happily not from
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