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Culpho church - - 4652.jpg
St Botolph's parish church
Culpho is located in Suffolk
Culpho shown within Suffolk
Civil parish
  • Culpho
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIpswich
Postcode districtIP6
Dialling code01473
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
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52°05′46″N 1°13′30″E / 52.096°N 1.225°E / 52.096; 1.225Coordinates: 52°05′46″N 1°13′30″E / 52.096°N 1.225°E / 52.096; 1.225

Culpho (pronounced Cul-fo) is a hamlet and civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal district of Suffolk, about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of the centre of Ipswich and 3 12 miles (5.6 km) west of Woodbridge.

Culpho's population is less than 100, so the Office for National Statistics includes it in the total for the civil parish of Westerfield. Other neighbouring villages include Great Bealings, Grundisburgh and Playford.


The earliest known record of the toponym is Culfole in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 12th-century records it appears as Colfho in 1168, Culfou in 1169 and Culfo in 1175. A pipe roll of 1178 records it as Culfho and an entry in the Book of Fees for 1250 records it as Colvesho. It is derived from Old English, probably meaning "Cūþwulf's hōh" (hōh = "spur of land").[1]

Parish church[edit]

The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Botolph include the chancel, which is 13th-century. The nave has 14th-century features including a doorway and windows. There is also a 14th-century piscina in the chancel. The baptismal font is 15th-century. The church has a southwest tower with the porch built into its ground stage. The nave roof was rebuilt with new timbers in the 17th century.[2]

The church was restored in 1884. It is a grade II* listed building.[2]

St Botolph's church was granted to the Premonstratensian Leiston Abbey in the 13th century.[3] The parish is now part of a shared benefice with Great Bealings, Little Bealings and Playford.[4]

Thankful village[edit]

Culpho is one of the Thankful Villages the few dozen parishes in England and Wales that suffered no fatalities in the First World War.


  1. ^ Ekwall 1960, Culpho
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Botolph  (Grade II*) (1030504)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  3. ^ Page 1907, pp. 117–119.
  4. ^ "Great Bealings & Little Bealings with Playford & Culpho (Benefice)". Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Retrieved 26 August 2018.


External links[edit]

Media related to Culpho at Wikimedia Commons