Fornham St Martin
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St. Martin's parish church in Fornham St. Martin
Fornham St Martin shown within Suffolk
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Fornham St Martin is a village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located on the northern outskirts of Bury St Edmunds off east and west from the A134, in 2005 its population was 1300. Its parish council is shared with neighbouring Fornham St Genevieve, and is known as Fornham St Martin cum St Genevieve Parish Council.
Fornham St Martin Church (OS grid TL8566) with King George's playing field across the way at the south end of B1106 to the village.
Near the current Lark Valley Drive, a smock windmill used to stand. It collapsed in 1927.
The village has one public house, the Woolpack, but no shops. Its school closed in the early 1950s.
New houses are being built on Hall Farm to the east of the A134.
The Battle of Fornham, one of the most significant battles in English history took place in Fornham Park and the surrounding area in 1173. Scribes of the time variously estimated that between 3000 and 10,000 Flemish mercenaries were slaughtered and lie beneath the fields, woodland and ditches.
The village appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Fernham mertin" and in 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described the town as a parish in Thingoe district, Suffolk in the Diocese of Ely; on the river Lark, 1¾ mile North of Bury St Edmunds and related that it had 74 houses, a post office, a church and a free school.
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