Freston, Suffolk

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Freston Tower Aug 2007.jpg
Freston Tower
Freston is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population120 (2011)
OS grid referenceTM 17043 39037
Civil parish
  • Freston
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIPSWICH
Postcode districtIP9
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°00′26″N 1°09′39″E / 52.007309°N 1.160960°E / 52.007309; 1.160960Coordinates: 52°00′26″N 1°09′39″E / 52.007309°N 1.160960°E / 52.007309; 1.160960

Freston is a small village and civil parish in the Babergh district, in the county of Suffolk, England, located on the Shotley Peninsula, 4 miles south-east of Ipswich. In 2001 the parish had a population of 122,[1] reducing slightly to 120 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Freston is notable as the location of the last outbreak of bubonic plague in England. The centre of the outbreak was Latimer Cottages, where it is thought plague-bearing rats may have come ashore with smuggled goods.[3][4] However, the diagnosis of plague has been disputed.[5]

Amenities and places of interest[edit]

  • St. Peter's Church[6]
  • The Freston Boot public house, which closed in 2010[7] and reopened in 2018"Freston Boot -". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  • Freston Wood
  • Freston Tower


For transport there is the B1456 road nearby.


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Freston parish". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Parish population 201 1". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  3. ^ Zwanenberg, D Van (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.
  4. ^ Benedictow, Ole Jørgen (2004). The Black Death, 1346-1353: the complete history. Boydell & Brewer. p. 20. ISBN 0-85115-943-5.
  5. ^ Shrewsbury, J. F. D. (2005). A History of Bubonic Plague in the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. pp. 509–510. ISBN 0-521-02247-9.
  6. ^ "St. Peter's church -". Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  7. ^ "The Boot, Freston". Closed pubs. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Freston at Wikimedia Commons