Barton Mills

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Barton Mills
Barton Mills is located in Suffolk
Barton Mills
Barton Mills
Barton Mills shown within Suffolk
Population1,052 (Including Culford 2011 census)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP28
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°20′06″N 0°31′12″E / 52.335°N 0.52°E / 52.335; 0.52Coordinates: 52°20′06″N 0°31′12″E / 52.335°N 0.52°E / 52.335; 0.52

Barton Mills is a village and civil parish in the Forest Heath district of Suffolk, England. The village is on the south bank of the River Lark. According to Eilert Ekwall the meaning of the village name is Corn farm by the mill.

The village was originally called Barton Parva (Little Barton).[2][3] The name changed to Barton Mills in the eighteenth century.

The Domesday Book records the population of the village in 1086 to be 24.

The village is near the Fiveways Roundabout, a busy junction where the A11 London to Norwich trunk road, the A1065 towards North Norfolk and the A1101 (Long Sutton (Lincolnshire) to Bury St.Edmunds) roads meet.

The village was once the holiday retreat for Alexander Fleming, and there is a plaque on the wall outside his country home, The Dhoon, in the main street.

Barton Mills hosts a biannual Scarecrow Festival, held in July. The main road through the village is closed to traffic (except to residents) during the two-day-long festival, which includes musical bands, food, dancing, car boot sales at the local playing fields and viewing scarecrows created by local residents. This festival has been featured in Guinness Book of World Records, boasting the most scarecrows ever built at any one time.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ Barbara Vesey, The Hidden Places of East Anglia: Including Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, p135, (Travel Publishing Ltd), 3 Apr 2003
  3. ^ George Kearsley, Kearsley's traveller's entertaining guide through Great Britain; or, A description of the principal cross-roads, p14, 1801

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