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Photograph of the All Saints Church, located in the Civil Parish of Eyke Suffolk.
Ordnance Survey of Great Britain New Popular Edition, Sheet 150 - Ipswich,
Total Population of Eyke Civil Parish, Suffolk, as reported by the Census of Population from 1881 to 1961
A look at the Occupational Structure of Eyke in 1881

Is a village and a civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal District, in the English county of Suffolk. It is located on the A1152 road near the town of Woodbridge. Eyke has a primary school, the manor house of Lord and Lady Lucas with scenic pond and horse paddock, and a pub. The mediaeval parish church of All Saints was restored in the 1860s. Services are normally held on the first and third Sundays of the month. The Eyke Parish Council "consists of seven parish Councillors." and they hold regular meetings "on the second Monday of every other month, at 7pm " these are held in the Eyke village hall. All Members of the public are welcome to the meetings, here they can raise any concerns they may have regarding Eyke and the surrounding area. The meetings are run by the Chairman "Mr John Fleming" and a register of "Councillor interests can be found on the Suffolk Coastal website."[1]

From the Vision of Britain website, a 19th century description descried Eyke like this "Eyke, a village and a parish in Plomesgate district, Suffolk. The village stands near the river Deben, 1½ mile ENE of Melton r. station, and 3 NE by E of Woodbridge; and has a post office under Woodbridge. The parish comprises 2, 749 acres. Pop., 486. Houses, 109. The church is Norman, has a brass of the 15th century, and was repaired in 1859."[2]

A Brief History of Early Eyke.[edit]

The name 'Eyke' previously derived from the world 'Oak' had a number of changes and various spellings to its name, some earlier names for the small settlement where "Eike, Ike, Yke, Eyck, as it has been variously spelt." Eyke was first mentioned during the reign of Henry II, "when the King held Staverton Manor from 1171-1185. Adam de Eik had to pay a fine of three marks" but for what, this is not known. Eyke has quite a strong history of revolt and rebelling against authority figures within the local community. one account of this was during the year of "1310" when "they attacked the Manor House of Eyke Rectory, burst open the gates and rifled a chest, in order to destroy the records of the services due to Robert de Redenhale." thirty one years later in the month of June "1381" there was a peasants revolt "they broke down the home of John Staverton, destroyed various records and carried away booty to the value of 100 shillings." whether this was politically sparked of just a mindless act of theft is unclear.It was reputed that in "In 1589, 1590 and 1591, Eyke people were fined because they persisted in wearing German felt hats on festivals and Sundays instead of the English hats made of pile." the last reported act of rebellion from this time period was yet again in relation to "John Staverton" where in "1644 some testified against John Stoneham, the rector, for the way he conducted the church services and his behaviour generally" there is no recorded evidence that any sort of resolution came from this testimony.[3]

Eyke has been mostly dependent on agriculture and its related trades they seemed to be generally quite a self sufficient village. It is recorded that up until the First World War "there were six separate farms, and several small holdings. In addition, most families kept chickens and a pig, and grew their own vegetables." Other local trades and businesses included "two shoemakers, a blacksmith, a hurdlemaker, a thatcher, a builder and a carpenter/wheelwright who was also the undertaker" The majority of the land the farms where located on where reported to be "part of the Rendlesham Estate until it was sold in 1920."[4]

"It had a population of 362 according to the 2011 Census"[5] Comparing this to the Suffolk Coastal region where the population is "124,298"[6] This shows us that Eyke holds only 0.29% of the population of Suffolk.

Occupational Structure in 1881[edit]

The Occupational Structure of Eyke in 1881, the graph shows us the number of occupational orders in both the male and female sector in 1881. The first notable differences the data suggests is the number of females in the Domestic services which is “9” compared to the men “0”. This is as expected as during this time period. Women tended to be employed to care for the children and look after the general upkeep of a household, either by being employed as a maid, servant or similar occupation. If you compare this number "9" to the total female population in 1881 "179" you could assume the general houses of Eyke were not that large, as the majority of households did not have the need to employ persons in the domestic services. Agriculture was the leading employer in 1881 with "56 males" employed within this sector and "0" Females. This was due to agriculture being a manual labor intensive job and you can assume from the data this would have discouraged females from both wanting and being employed in this field.[7] If we compare the 1881 data to modern day data from 2011 you can see that employment in the agricultural sector has decreased significantly. According to the 2011 Census data there are as little as "18" people employed with in "agriculture or agriculture related trades". This suggests that the majority of the population have moved away from conventional employment and moved towards modern day jobs, this could be assumed to be due to the rise in technology with better paying and less labor intensive jobs available. It can be seen from the 2011 Census data that this could be true as the highest sector for employment is now "Managers, Directors and Senior Officials" at "27" Another assumption could be due to a higher range and more diversity of jobs available.

Coordinates: 52°06′N 1°23′E / 52.100°N 1.383°E / 52.100; 1.383

All Saints Church[edit]

"The church is a Norman structure of the 12th century, and is dedicated to All Saints" [8] The Church was "founded in 1538."[9] From Suffolk Churches, an online journey though the churches of Suffolk one travellers account of the All Saints Church in Eyke was this, "All Saints sits quietly, with no tower to lead you to it from afar.At first sight, this is a simple, if uneven, little church, somewhat barnlike in its ancient graveyard. Tall elm trees around it are home to jackdaws and rooks; their cries fill the air as they wheel above you.The modern little porch gives no indication that you are about to enter one of the more interesting churches in this part of Suffolk." [10] Sam' Mortlock a former Norfolk county librarian argues that "All Saints was probably a cruciform church."[11] Cruciform churches where common in the middle ages and "Generally form the shape of a latin cross they are formed through the intersection of two halls of similar heights that meet at right angles."[12] When the church was originally built by "the Manor of Staverton" it was valued at the price of "£6.00, which works out at 2d an acre."[13]

Eyke Primary School[edit]

The Eyke Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, is located within the Civil Parish. The Church was originally Opened to "allow the education of the village children in a Christian setting" Many schools where set up in this way during the 1800's. The School was Originally opened during the Summer of "1857", at this point the school only had "one classroom and one teacher". The Church allowed the "day to day running of the school to be over seen by the local authority" The Church still had the majority of the influence as this allowed the "Christian principles to be maintained". These principles are still maintained today as said on their website, "We encourage Christian principles and a high moral code for our children"[14] The School has "140" pupils and "13" teachers and teaching assistance's giving it a average of "19.2 pupils per teacher"[15] According to the 4–5 December 2012 Ofsted inspection 'Eyke Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School' scored an overall score of "Good (2)" this is an improvement from its Previous inspection where is scored "Satisfactory (3)"[16]

Eyke During World War I & II[edit]

Eyke did not play a major part in either World War I or in World War II, However there is some notifiable interest in connection with both World Wars. There is a detailed War memorial located inside the Parish Church, the Memorial "takes the form carving in the oak wood reredos behind the altar" there are "15 names for World War 1" The carving was designed and created by "Ven. J G R Darling" who later unveiled the Memorial on the "30th May 1920" After World War II it is said that "3 more names where added for World War 2"[17]


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  2. ^ Wilson's, John (1872-70). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fullerton & Co. Retrieved 27 January 2015.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Hatcher, Phyllis. "Our Village". http://eyke.onesuffolk.net. Eyke Millennium Group. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Hatcher, Phyllis. "Our Village". http://eyke.onesuffolk.net. Eyke Millennium Group. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
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  6. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics (Eyke)". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
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  10. ^ Knott, Simon. "All Saints, Eyke". www.suffolkchurches.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Knott, Simon. "All Saints, Eyke". www.suffolkchurches.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "CRUCIFORM". http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Hatcher, Phyllis. "Our Village". http://eyke.onesuffolk.net. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Welcome to Eyke Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School!". http://www.eyke.suffolk.sch.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Eyke Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School". www.http://home.rm.com/. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "School report Eyke Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School". http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/. Ofsted. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Green, Stuart. "EYKE WAR MEMORIAL". http://www.roll-of-honour.com. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

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