Aldham, Suffolk

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Aldham St Mary church
Aldham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population175 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM0445
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIpswich
Postcode districtIP7
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°04′N 0°58′E / 52.06°N 00.97°E / 52.06; 00.97Coordinates: 52°04′N 0°58′E / 52.06°N 00.97°E / 52.06; 00.97

Aldham is a village and civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk, England. Located around 8 miles (13 km) west of Ipswich, in 2005 it had a population of 200, reducing to 175 at the 2011 Census.

According to Eilert Ekwall the meaning of the village name is Ealda's meadow/enclosure or old meadow/enclosure.[2] The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, at which time it had a population of 16.

The church of Aldham St Mary is one of 38 existing round-tower churches in Suffolk. It appears in the second series of the BBC Four television series Detectorists.[3]

In 1555 Aldham Common was the location for the martyrdom of Dr Rowland Taylor, the rector of Hadleigh, during the Marian Persecutions of Protestants. An unhewn stone, probably dating from the early 17th century, marks the place of Taylor's death, where the B1070 Lady Lane meets the A1071 Ipswich Road. Next to the unhewn stone, there is also a pyramidal stone monument erected in 1818, and restored by parishioners in 1882.[4][5] It is a Grade II listed building.[6]


According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Aldham had a population of 200,[7] reducing to 175 at the 2011 Census.

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Aldham from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 197 251 292 318 293 307 238 228
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[8]
Population growth in Aldham from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001
Population 238 207 186 186 163 126 200
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[8]

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  2. ^ Ekwall, E. (1940) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names; 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press; p. 5
  3. ^ Webb C, Where to find Mackenzie Crook's Detectorists in Suffolk, Radio Times. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. ^ "Rowland Taylor (1555)". Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  5. ^ Historic Sites and Other Remarkable and Interesting Places in the County of Suffolk, by John Wodderspoon, 1839, pp. 47–58
  6. ^ Historic England, "Monument to Dr. Rowland Taylor (1351660)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 22 December 2018
  7. ^ "Suffolk County Council - 2001 Census Profiles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  8. ^ a b "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 22 February 2011.

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