Trimley St Martin

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Trimley St. Martin
Trimley St. Martin is located in Suffolk
Trimley St. Martin
Trimley St. Martin
 Trimley St. Martin shown within Suffolk
OS grid reference TM 274 377
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Felixstowe
Postcode district IP11
Dialling code 01394
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 51°59′28″N 1°18′47″E / 51.991°N 1.313°E / 51.991; 1.313

Trimley St. Martin is parish and village that lies between two rivers the Orwell and the Deben, on the long narrow tongue of land from Ipswich to Felixstowe referred to as the Colneis Hundred.

The village, and its neighbour Trimley St. Mary, are famous for their adjacent churches which were built as the result of a historical family feud. St. Martin's church is the northerly church (at grid reference TM 276 370).


The Hams farm area archaeological findings show evidence of prehistoric, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and late post-medieval, workings including fired flints and a number of Central Gaulish samian ware pieces.[1] In nearby Walton recent archaeological findings show evidence of Bronze Age field systems in use.[2] The Roman road though Trimley St Martin linked the Roman fort of Walton to the rest of Roman Britain

In the Middle Ages this area was often invaded, overrun, settled and populated by a variety of Scandinavian plunderers. These settlements all soon had their names, usually after the Chieftain or leader. Over the centuries these first names have changed considerably, sometimes becoming quite unrecognisable. Trimley is no exception. It has variously spelled as Tremeleaia, Tremlega, Tremlye, Tremele, Tremeleye, Tremleye and Tremley.

In the 14th Century the hamlet of Alston, Suffolk was incorporated with Trimley St Martin

The parish was cut in half by the building of the Trimley Walton bypass in 1974 which was built to stop port traffic going though the high streets of Trimleys and Walton. In the early 1980s the village more than doubled in size with the building of the Barrett estate and other houses. On the night of 19 June 2013 the village hall was gutted by fire [3]

RAF Trimley Heath[edit]

RAF Trimley Heath is one of Suffolk's most recognisable roadside structures is an imposing red-brick building set, half hidden by trees, alongside the east bound A14 carriageway opposite Trimley St Martin. Yet, of its many millions of passers-by over the last fifty years, its historical significance is known, probably, by no more than a comparative handful of people, mainly those who served at the site during wartime or while undergoing post-war National Service. Ironically, the most common assumption amongst those who have ever wondered - that the building was once an electricity supply industry substation - is also the most accurate. It was in fact the Standby Power House for RAF Trimley Heath, a Ground Controlled Interception (GCI) radar station whose important role in Britain's air defence network was masked and largely forgotten after a devastating fire which destroyed almost all station records.[4]

Grimston Hall[edit]

In the 16th century Grimston Hall was the seat of Thomas Cavendish "The Navigator". The Suffolk Traveller (1735) by John Kirby (topographer) reports that two lilacs planted by Thomas Cavendish were still standing.[5]

The future[edit]

There has been some controversy over plans to build a further 1,500 dwellings on the land owned by Trinity College, Cambridge. Some fear that the village identity would be lost, to be replaced by suburban sprawl, whilst others argue that there is a real need for additional housing in the area.

66 new dwellings will be built on the site of the mushroom farm,[6] the demolishing of the mushroom farm buildings started in January, 2014.

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