Soddenham is a small village in Norfolk. Much of its rich history along with a look at village life is available to view on-line at This is Soddenham.
For many years the main industry in the area was the farming and processing of lichen. It is perhaps significant that Soddenham has the last remaining lichen orchard in England. Murrow’s lichen mill was one of the main employers and helped to build a strong sense of community and contributed much to village life. Sadly since its closure in 2001 virtually all the mill buildings have been torn down. The Murrow family house is still standing and can be seen HERE on the This is Soddenham web site.
Although I haven’t lived in Soddenham for many years, I am a keen supporter of the Soddenham Historical Society and Curry Club (SHSACC) who work tirelessly to document Soddenham of past and present. Over the years I have had much correspondence with Les Taret (Chairman of SHSACC) who is very much an authority on all things Soddenham. Indeed it was through the efforts made by Les and his chums that the This is Soddenham website came into being. As part of their occasional fundraising efforts the SHSACC produce certified authentic artifacts which are released as limited editions. Invariably these sell out quickly as there are many collectors who like to snap up all things Soddenham. I was thrilled this week when through the post arrived the latest item produced and authorised by SHSACC. The Xanthoria Polycarpa lichen (from the Murrow Estate) is sampled in both its extra virgin state and virgin ground form. It comes in a beautiful presentation case with an information leaflet and of course a certificate of authenticity. As always this limited edition lichen sample is produced to the exacting standards upon which the SHSACC pride themselves and on which they have built their reputation as purveyors of quality artifatcs.
The SHSACC are always on the lookout for personal memories, facts, artifacts and photographs relating to Soddenham so if you can help please contact Les Taret through the link below.
Discover more about Soddenham and it’s history at THIS IS SODDENHAM (Subscribe for regular updates or follow on twitter @Soddenham)
Read more about Murrows Mill HERE
Read about lichen and the decline of spume HERE
With thanks to Les Taret and everyone at SHSACC