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History
 Back in at the Sharpe end
As blockbuster novelist Bernard Cornwell tells a Suffolk audience about reviving his Napoleonic Wars hero, Kim Smith persuades him to give Brandon a mention
West Suffolk could get a starring role in Bernard Cornwell’s first Sharpe novel in 14 years, thanks to the intervention of Bury & West Suffolk magazine. As he took part in Suffolk Libraries’ online book festival, we asked if he knew that Brandon played a pivotal role
in the Battle of Waterloo by providing all the flint necessary to fire the British rifles that wrought havoc among Napoleon’s troops.
This impressive fact came courtesy of Brandon Heritage Centre. “Such was the reputation of the quality achieved by Brandon flintknappers [the men who shaped the mined material from the area into ‘
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