Witnesham

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Witnesham
Witnesham - Church of St Mary.jpg
Witnesham, Church of St Mary
Witnesham is located in Suffolk
Witnesham
Witnesham
 Witnesham shown within Suffolk
OS grid reference TM1850
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IPSWICH
Dialling code 01473
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Suffolk

Coordinates: 52°06′54″N 1°11′17″E / 52.115°N 1.188°E / 52.115; 1.188

Witnesham is a village situated roughly 4 miles (6 km) to the north of Ipswich, Suffolk. The main road from Ipswich that links the village to the town is the B1077, Westerfield Road.

History[edit]

It is in the Domesday Book[1] as 'Wytenesham’ (Witta’s/Witten’s meadow or enclosure) and had 10 villagers. It was a part of the old Hundreds of Suffolk of Carlford (hundred).[2]

Witnesham Hall (OS grid TM1750) was built in the 16th century, and is further west past St Mary's church on Church Lane.

A murder was committed in 1896 in Rose Cottage [specific location unknown] where mentally unwell man George Smith murdered his elderly mother.[3]

Present day[edit]

In 2009 the estimated population of Witnesham was 810.[4]

The village amenities include a 1766 inn, The Barley Mow,[5] on Mow Hill (OS grid TM 185 503) south of Witnesham and a small primary school. The village Post Office was at the bottom of the village, nearest to Ipswich, but it has closed. Postal services are continued at the Baptist Church on a two-day basis.[citation needed]

The village has two churches, the Baptist[6] at the top of the village, north on Upper Road. The larger church, St Mary's OS grid TM1850, located west out of Witnesham along the Church Lane (no through lane), near the source of the River Fynn.[2]

There are several farms in the area, such as White House Farm along Wash Lane to the east and Redhouse Farm to the South-east.

Westerfield railway station, situated around 2 miles away, provides rail services to London Liverpool Street, Lowestoft, Ipswich and Felixstowe.

Local businesses include Fynn Valley Golf Club, a mile south, which has both 9 and 18 hole parkland golf courses, golf driving range, golf shops and restaurant, bar and conference/function rooms.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Witnesham at Wikimedia Commons