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St Peter's church
Cretingham is located in Suffolk
 Cretingham shown within Suffolk
Population 200 
OS grid reference TM2260
Civil parish Cretingham
District Suffolk Coastal
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district IP13
Dialling code 01728
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 52°11′46″N 1°15′32″E / 52.196°N 1.259°E / 52.196; 1.259

Cretingham is a village and a civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal District, in the English county of Suffolk. It is on the River Deben, 2 miles south off the A1120 road. It is four miles west from Framlingham and eight miles northwest from Woodbridge. It was described as "Gretingeham" or "Gretingaham" in the Domesday Book and is located in the old Hundred of Loes (hundred).


It is based on a crossroads formed by The Street (north-south) and Framsden Road (west) and Brandeston Road (east) and has a church, a pub and a golf course (to the northeast of the village).

The church of St Peter is half the way up the north part of The Street. It dates from c.1300 and is a grade II* listed building . [1] The old Bell Inn is now a dwelling called Dial House. The new Cretingham Bell pub opened in 1967 located at the crossroads. It dates from 1620s and was formerly four cottages.

Several farms lie in the area, Bungalow Farm in the southwest, Corner Farm in the southeast, Duck's Farm to the west and Rookery Farm and Manor Farm to the north.


During renovation work on a hunting lodge near Aldeburgh in 1996, a carpenter uncovered a plank of wood revealing a chilling pencilled message: "A fearful murder was committed the first day of this month (October 1887) at Cretingham. A curate cut the vicars throat at 12 o'clock at night." Shiela Hardy wrote a book about it (ISBN 9780752448954).

Cretingham Primary School closed in the early 1960s (Miss Last being the last teacher).


  1. ^ "Name: CHURCH OF ST PETER List entry Number: 1030322". English Heritage. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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