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St. Mary's church, Erwarton, Suffolk - - 283396.jpg
St. Mary's Church, Erwarton
Erwarton is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Area5.23 km2 (2.02 sq mi)
Population126 (2011)[1]
• Density24/km2 (62/sq mi)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIpswich
Postcode districtIP9
UK Parliament
List of places
51°57′58″N 1°13′37″E / 51.966°N 1.227°E / 51.966; 1.227Coordinates: 51°57′58″N 1°13′37″E / 51.966°N 1.227°E / 51.966; 1.227
Erwarton Hall Gatehouse

Erwarton or Arwarton is a small village and civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk, England. Located on the Shotley peninsula around 9 miles (14 km) south of Ipswich, in 2005 it had a population of 110, increasing to 126 at the 2011 Census.

Neighbouring villages include Shotley, Shotley Gate, Harkstead, Chelmondiston and Holbrook.

The name originates from the Early Saxon Eoforweard tūn.[2]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Monuments within St. Mary's church date from the 13th century, although the present building is largely 15th century. A copy of a drawing of Queen Anne Boleyn by Holbein is attached to the 1912 organ. Under the organ is a note stating "...after her execution in the Tower of London, 19 May 1536, it was recorded that her heart was buried in this church by her Uncle, Sir Philip Parker of Erwarton Hall". In 1837 a leaden casket was discovered in the church which, by tradition, is believed to contain Boleyn's heart, although there was no inscription. The church baptismal font is adorned with a rather distinctive example of a Tudor Rose. The church tower was strengthened in the 1800s after damage by lightning, but by 2012 was in desperate need of repair.[citation needed]
  • Erwarton Hall, a Grade II* listed building, was rebuilt in about 1575.[3] The gatehouse, also grade II* listed, is a well-known local landmark.[4]
  • The Queens Head, a Grade II listed public house, dates from the 17th century or earlier.[5]


Between 1906 and 1918 the area saw the very last outbreak of plague in England. This happened on the Shotley peninsular and in Trimley, now part of Felixstowe. A total of 22 people were affected, 6 recovered, the rest died.[citation needed]

On 8 June 1918, Mrs Annie Mary Bugg of Warren Lane Cottages, Erwarton aged 52, fell ill and died on 13 June 1918 and was buried in Erwarton church yard. No sign of her grave can be found now. On 16 June 1918 Bugg's neighbour Mrs Gertrude Allice Garrod, aged 42, of Warren Lane Cottages also fell ill and died on 19 June 1918, and was also buried at Erwarton graveyard. Her gravestone can still be found there.[6]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  2. ^ "The history of Suffolk place-names" at Archived 2014-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Historic England. "ERWARTON HALL (1351638)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  4. ^ Historic England. "GATEHOUSE AT NORTH APPROACH DRIVE TO ERWARTON HALL (1193599)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Queens Head Public House  (Grade II) (1351637)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  6. ^ Van Zwanenberg, D (January 1970). "The last epidemic of plague in England? Suffolk 1906-1918". Medical History. 14 (1): 63–74. doi:10.1017/s0025727300015143. PMC 1034015. PMID 4904731.

External links[edit]

Media related to Erwarton at Wikimedia Commons