Fornham St Genevieve

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Fornham St Genevieve
Fornham St Genevieve church tower - geograph.org.uk - 814935.jpg
Tower of the ruined St Genevieve's church
Fornham St Genevieve is located in Suffolk
Fornham St Genevieve
Fornham St Genevieve
Location within Suffolk
Population110 (2005)[1]
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP28
PoliceSuffolk
FireSuffolk
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
UK
England
Suffolk
52°16′41″N 0°42′32″E / 52.278°N 0.709°E / 52.278; 0.709Coordinates: 52°16′41″N 0°42′32″E / 52.278°N 0.709°E / 52.278; 0.709

Fornham St Genevieve is a village and civil parish in the West Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located around 500m north of Fornham St Martin and a mile and half north of Bury St Edmunds. In 2005 its population was 110.[1] Its parish council is shared with neighbouring Fornham St Martin, and is known as Fornham St Martin cum St Genevieve Parish Council.

Etymology[edit]

The village name is derived from the Old English for 'Trout Homestead' for Fornham with the addition of the dedication to Saint Genevieve.[2]

History[edit]

The Domesday Book records that the population of Fornham St Genevieve in 1086 was 30 households.[3]

Fornham St Genevieve was formed from the Fornham Hall estate (designed by Capability Brown) of which only the ancient tower of St Genevieve's church remains. The nave of the church was burned down on 24 June 1782 and the remaining tower is a grade II* listed structure.[4]

The history of Fornham Park involved the scene of the Battle of Fornham in 1173 where over 3,000 Flemish mercenaries were slaughtered. Robert Whitehand Earl of Leicester put up his final stand against the forces of Henry II near the church.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived December 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Key to English Place-names". Key to English Place-Names. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  3. ^ "Fornham [St Genevieve]". Open Domesday. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  4. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST GENEVIEVE AT FORNHAM PARK (1376908)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 April 2014.