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THE SUSIE LONG COLLECTION

Susannah (Susie) Long was born in Lowestoft in 1883 and came to Brundall with her parents in 1890 to live at The Lodge, a large house (no longer there) on The Street between Barn Row and Church Cottages.  Her father, Robert, was a draper-cum-gentlemen’s outfitter in Lowestoft.  Susie studied art at Norwich Art College and then in World War One she was a Red Cross nurse at Brundall Auxiliary War Hospital in Brundall House.  Here she met Corporal Ernest Wood, a patient, and in 1919 Rev Charles Chamberlin married them at Brundall Church.  Her father had a wooden bungalow built for them in Long’s Loke, (now Links Avenue), called ‘Bankside’ which is still there today.  Susie and Ernest had three children, Anthea, Louis, and Colin.  

At some time during her late teens and early twenties, Susie studied at Norwich Art School, but unfortunately questions  about her time there produced no information as their records during this period were not maintained.  Her grandson, Chris Wood, who still lives in Brundall, lent us a small portfolio he had of Susie's work from this period, and later, which we have turned into several greetings cards.  They are very much of their period, but show just how talented Susie was.


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'Creeper on Lodge', 1904.
Caption inside:
'With best wishes for a very happy birthday'

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'Ellison's Orange Apple', 1904
Caption inside:
'With best wishes for a very happy birthday'
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'Country scene with two small buildings in a lane' 1936
Caption inside:
'Happy birthday'


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'First piece of homework'
Card left blank for your own message

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'Landscape with Blofield Church in the distance'
Card left blank for your own message



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'Bankside, Brundall, 1928
Caption inside: 'Happy birthday'
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'Arbutus Berries'.  Holiday work in 1912

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Untitled, date unknown
The two cards shown above are blank and come as a packet of Notelets, three of each in a packet priced at £3.00.


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'Still  life at The Lodge, painted 19th July 1906'
Caption inside: 'Do hope you will soon be feeling better'

Each of the seven other cards shown are £1.00 each.

On the reverse of each card is shown the Brundall Local History Group logo, the title of the picture,
if any, and with a  short history of Susie Long.  The wording is as follows:-
"Susie was born in Lowestoft in 1883 and came to Brundall with her parents in 1890.  They lived in 'The Lodge', a large house on The Street between Barn Row and Church Cottages.  In 1919 she married a former patient, Corporal Ernest Wood, whom she met when working as a VAD at Brundall House hospital during the First World War."

For more information about Susie Long, click on 'Brundall Village', then 'People'

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