Creeting St Mary

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Creeting St Mary
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The Church of St Mary, Creeting St Mary
Creeting St Mary is located in Suffolk
Creeting St Mary
Creeting St Mary
Location within Suffolk
Population710 (2001)[1]
697 (2011)[2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIPSWICH
Postcode districtIP6
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°10′08″N 1°04′01″E / 52.169°N 1.067°E / 52.169; 1.067Coordinates: 52°10′08″N 1°04′01″E / 52.169°N 1.067°E / 52.169; 1.067

Creeting St Mary is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. Sandwiched between the A14 and A140 to the north of Needham Market, the parish also includes the hamlet of Creeting Bottoms. In 2005 the parish population was 710,[1] which decreased to 697 at the 2011 Census.


The buck of a windmill survives in the village. It was used as a dovecote after ceasing to be a windmill.

St Mary's Church has been listed grade II* by English Heritage.[3] The parish was originally in the Hundred of Bosmere and Claydon.[4]

Notable people[edit]

  • John Austin (1790–1859), legal thinker responsible for the theory of legal positivism, was born here, the eldest son of the miller.
  • Michael Peck (born 1967), a first-class cricketer, was born here.


The village has a voluntarily aided Church of England primary school with 80–90 pupils. The motto of the school is "They shall soar on eagle's wings" (Isaiah 40:31). The Victorian building of the school, still in use for some classes, dates from 1871. The Ofsted report in May 2012 rated the school Good overall, including good for achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.[5]

The village also has a charitable pre-school based in the Diamond Jubilee Hall.[6] There are public playground facilities in Blacksmiths Field.[7]

Creeting St Mary has a pub/restaurant, The Highwayman, and several other catering, retail and service outlets.[8] Semi-soft Suffolk Gold cheese has been made here since 2004 by a family firm.


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived December 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1033245)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  4. ^ Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  5. ^ Creeping St Mary School Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  6. ^ Creeting Community Pre-School Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  7. ^ Blacksmiths Field Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  8. ^ Business Retrieved 26 November 2016.

External links[edit]

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