Great Glemham

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Great Glemham is a village and a civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal District, in the English county of Suffolk. The civil parish had a population of 224 at the 2011 Census.[1] It is a mile and a half from the A12 road. Great Glemham has a pub - The Crown Inn (the interior of which was used as a film location for the comedy series The Detectorists), a church and a village hall. It is located between the towns of Framlingham and Saxmundham.

The place-name 'Glemham' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Gl(i)emham and Glaimham. Eilert Ekwall comments: "The first element of the names is possibly Old English glēam 'merriment'... Glem, river-name, is no doubt a back-formation." By analogy with Glandford in Norfolk, 'Glemham' could mean 'village where sports were held'.[2]

Great Glemham House, the seat of the Earls of Cranbrook, is nearby.


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, pp. 198, 197.

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Coordinates: 52°12′N 1°26′E / 52.200°N 1.433°E / 52.200; 1.433