Earl Soham

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Earl Soham
Earl Soham - Church of St Mary.jpg
Earl Soham, Church of St Mary
Earl Soham is located in Suffolk
Earl Soham
Earl Soham
 Earl Soham shown within Suffolk
OS grid reference TM2363
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°13′N 1°16′E / 52.22°N 01.26°E / 52.22; 01.26

Earl Soham is a small settlement in Suffolk, England. It is on the A1120 road and is 4 kilometres (2 mi) west of the town of Framlingham.

Earl Soham once belonged to the Earls of Norfolk, the Bigod family (sometimes spelt "Bigot" in old texts), who also owned nearby Framlingham Castle. Edward I granted Roger Bigod permission to hold a market and a lamb and stock fair in the village. The church dates from about 1320 (chancel) with the nave dated to about 1470 (Kelly's Suffolk Directory 1900) and a perpendicular west tower c. 1475.[1] The Baptist Chapel was built around 1863. The school was first built in 1850. Earl Soham Lodge was originally a hunting lodge, built in the 13th century but rebuilt in 1789. For many years it was the seat of the Cornwallis family. The population of the village peaked in the 1800s with over 750 inhabitants.


  1. ^ N.Pevsner, Suffolk, Buildings of England, 1974

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