Holton, Suffolk

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Holton St Peter
Holton is located in Suffolk
Holton shown within Suffolk
Population 832 (2011)
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Halesworth
Postcode district IP19 8
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
SuffolkCoordinates: 52°21′00″N 1°31′01″E / 52.35°N 1.517°E / 52.35; 1.517
This article is about the village also known as Holton St. Peter. For the other Holton in Suffolk, see Holton St. Mary.

,Holton, in Suffolk, England, is a village near to the town of Halesworth with a population of around 1,100, measured at 832 in the 2011 Census.[1] Holton is split into two parts, Upper Holton and Holton.


Although it often referred to as Holton St. Peter, such as in the name of its primary school, the 'St Peter' suffix was adopted by some village institutions to prevent confusion with the other Suffolk 'Holton' of Holton St. Mary. However, a proposed name change was rejected at the time by the Parish Council and the village officially remains to this day 'Holton'. Holton is an Anglo-Saxon place name meaning 'village in a hollow' and the site was likely inhabited from neolithic times. A few Roman artifacts have been found locally and it is possible that the Blyth river was forded here (at Mells) as it lay on the ancient trackway from Dunwich to Beccles.

Holton Hall was demolished to become a caravan park but the house had many famous connections to the anti-slavery movement and Barclays Bank.[2]


The church of Holton St Peter[3] is one of 38 existing round-tower churches in Suffolk built by the Normans in the 11th century.[4]

Holton has a primary school, two shops: Market Fields Farm Shop and Holton Orchards Farm Shop; the Lord Nelson pub closed early in 2008 but has been extended and refurbish and re-opened in 2013 as a restaurant/pub. It closed again in July 2015. Apart from Bernard Matthews Farms, there is a small industrial site at the airfield with small workshops and a feed store. The post mill was restored and its sails started working again in 1996. The community produces a bi-monthly magazine 'The Holton Post'.

Holton also boasts a post mill, parts of which date back to the 18th century. The mill had been left in a terrible state of disrepair back in the 1960s but was rescued and has been repaired/restored on numerous occasions since. The mill is now under private ownership but is sometimes opened to the public.

Avian flu outbreak[edit]

An outbreak of avian influenza of the H5N1 strain was confirmed, on 3 February 2007, at a farm near Holton, owned by Bernard Matthews.[5]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Holton Hall Park
  3. ^ Holton St Peter - Official Website
  4. ^ Holton St Peter, Round Tower Churches
  5. ^ BBC News (3 February 2007). "Bird flu virus is Asian strain". Retrieved 3 February 2007. 

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