Great Livermere

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Great Livermere
Great Livermere - Church of St Peter.jpg
Church of St Peter
Great Livermere is located in Suffolk
Great Livermere
Great Livermere
Great Livermere shown within Suffolk
Population226 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°18′22″N 0°46′01″E / 52.306°N 0.767°E / 52.306; 0.767Coordinates: 52°18′22″N 0°46′01″E / 52.306°N 0.767°E / 52.306; 0.767

Great Livermere is a village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located around four miles north-east of the boroughs largest town[2] Bury St Edmunds.[3] Great Livermere also has a village hall located six miles from Bury St Edmunds, where meetings and other functions are often held here for the village.[4] Great Livermere has a small population of 226, according to 2011 census; there are 103 males and 123 females accounted for.[1] As seen from the population graph, the population of the village has fluctuated rapidly from 1850 to 1950 the population decreased rapidly however since the 1950s the population has steadily risen.

Total population of Great Livermere Civil parish, Suffolk, as reported from the Census of Population from 1801–2011.


The name Livermere means the lake where rushes grow from the pre-7th century Old England, this was first recorded in 907 AD making it one of the earliest to survive.[5] Rushes were also used for domestic purposes such as roofing, flooring and heating.[6] In 1887 the village was described as "a village and a parish in the Thingoe district, Suffolk. The church of St Peter is a 12th century thatched church comprising of 1,549 acres."[7] The church is open every day containing wall paintings, a three-decker pulpit and one of the finest organs in the area.[8] The church of St Peter also comprises other interest such as the grave of William Sakings, Falconer to Charles l, Charles ll, and James ll.[9]

A map image of Great Livermere as reported by Ordnance Survey maps 1904.


The fictitious location of Castringham Hall was based upon the Rectory at Great Livermere. Castringham Hall was a location in the short ghost story The Ash Tree by M.R. James published in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary in 1904. From the age of three (1865) until 1909 James's home, if not always his residence, was at the Rectory in Great Livermere inspiring the location for A Vignette, his very last supernatural story.

Great Livermere church and grounds


Religion within Great Livermere is predominantly Christian according to the office for National statistics,[10] there are 135 Christians, 70 of which have no religion, while the remaining population are unaccounted for. According to other figures from Neighborhood statistics, within Great Livermere marital and civil partnership status demonstrate 49 people are single, 95 are married, 6 separated, 23 widowed and 17 divorced.[11] In terms of health care within Great Livermere, 45.6% have very good health, 28.3% have good health, 19.9% have fair health, 4.4% bad health, leaving only 1.8% with very bad health.[12] This demonstrates the majority of the population have very good health in comparison to a small fraction with very bad health, conveying a sense of a good health care sector.

Occupations of males and females[edit]

As reported from the Vision of Britain census report in 1881,[13] it is clear from the graph below that there is significant divide between occupations of males and females within Great Livermere. The graph demonstrates twice as many females than males within the domestic offices and services industry,[14] in comparison to a ratio of 39:1 males in the agricultural industry.The agricultural sector is clearly marked on the graph seen below as the most predominant livelihood according to census data from the Vision of Britain report.[15] In addition, it is only males that engage with animals e.g. game-keeping whereas females are accounted for no engagement.[16] According to the Vision of Britain census report the ratio of males to females in the furniture, housing and decorating sector is 5:0 also showing no accounts of females.[17] Further more women are the only sex to engage in working with dress e.g.tailoring[18] demonstrating the comparison between sexes at this time in terms of occupations. A clear divide is seen in patriarchal norms within Great Livermere and the roles carried out between sexes as demonstrated from the 1881 graph below.[19] In recent years as seen from the Office for National statistics census reports from 2011 show the majority of industry is manufacturing alongside health and social care activities.[20] This shows a shift from the dominated agricultural sector as reported from 1881 census reports to a more modern day industry such as production and retail trade, although as Great Livermere is a small countryside village farming still occurs as a way of life.[21]

Occupational Structure of males and females in 1881, as reported from the Vision of Britain census report.[22]


All usual residents aged 16–74 account for 165 of the population of Great Livermere in 2011.[23] Census data for 2011 states

  • 62 are in full-time work
  • 21 are in part-time work
  • 31 are retired, the remaining population care for sick and disabled as well as some economically inactive.[23]

In terms of housing within the Village of Great Livermere it is evident from the Office for National Statistics 2011 census report that the most predominant type of housing are bungalows.[24] Other statistics show 35 live in detached, 61 in semi detached, 100 living in bungalows, and the remaining are in either apartments or mobile homes.[25] This shows the majority of Great Livermere village are small bungalow housing perhaps catering for a more elderly population.


In terms of transport within Great Livermere, Suffolk it is evident from the Office for National statistics that cars and vans are the most common mode of transport.[26] Census data from 2011 shows 82 people accounting for car and van use for travelling to work, in comparison to only 4 using a coach or bus. This clearly demonstrates poor public transport in the countryside area of Great Livermere as the majority work from home rather than commute outside of the town, leaving the remaining on foot and on bicycles.[27]


  1. ^ a b "Great Livermere (parish): Key figures for 2011 census:Key statistics". Neighbourhood statistics. Office for national statistics. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Great Livermere Parish Council". Great Livermere Parish Council. Parish council. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Great Livermere parish council". Great Livermere Parish Council. Council. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Your hall website". Great Livermere Village Hall. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Great Livermere Parish council". Village information- Great Livermere council.
  6. ^ "Great Livermere Parish Council". Village information, Great Livermere council.
  7. ^ Bartholomew, John (1887). Gazetteer of Great Livermere. Edinburgh: Bartholomew.
  8. ^ "The church of England". Great Livermere, St Peter, Great Livermere. The church of England. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  9. ^ "The church of England". Great Livermere, St Peter. The Church of England. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Office for national statistics". Neighbourhood statistics.
  11. ^ "Neighbourhood statistics". marital and civil partnership status.
  12. ^ "Office for National Statistics". Neighbourhood statistics, figures for health and care.
  13. ^ "Vision of Britain through time". Vision of Britain census report 1881.
  14. ^ "Vision of Britain through time". Occupations of males and females within domestic offices or services.
  15. ^ "Vision of Britain Through Time". Occupations of men and women.
  16. ^ "Vision of Britain through time". Occupations of males and females engaged in animals.
  17. ^ "Vision of Britain through time". Occupations of males and females within the furniture and housing sector.
  18. ^ "Vision of Britain Through Time: Occupations of women working in dress". Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Vision of Britain through time". Occupations of males and females in agriculture.
  20. ^ "Office for National Statistics, neighbourhood statistics 2011". Industry 2011.
  21. ^ "Office for National Statistics". Industry census data 2011.
  22. ^ "Occupational structure 1881". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Office for National Statistics". Neighbourhood statistics, economic activity 2011.
  24. ^ "Neighbourhood statistics". accommodation types 2011.
  25. ^ "Office for National Statistics". accommodation type and housing.
  26. ^ "Office for National statistics". Neighbourhood statistics, method of travel to work 2011.
  27. ^ "Office for National Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics, method of travel to work.

External links[edit]

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