Freston, Suffolk

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Freston Tower Aug 2007.jpg
Freston Tower
Freston is located in Suffolk
Freston shown within Suffolk
Population 120 (2011)
OS grid reference TM 17043 39037
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IP9
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East 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 Suffolk, England located on the Shotley peninsula. It is situated 4 miles south-east of Ipswich. In 2001 the civil 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
  • The Freston Boot public house (sadly closed since 2010)
  • 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 (Jan 1970). "The last epidemic of plague in England? Suffolk 1906-1918". Medical History. 14 (1): 63–74. doi:10.1017/s0025727300015143. PMC 1034015Freely accessible. 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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Freston at Wikimedia Commons