Holton St Peter
|Population||832 (2011 census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||IP19 8|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Holton is a village and civil parish in the Waveney district, in the county of Suffolk, England, near the town of Halesworth, with a population of around 1,100, measured at 832 in the 2011 Census. Holton is split into two parts — Upper Holton and Holton.
Although it is 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 Holton St Mary, another village in Suffolk. However, a proposed name change was rejected at the time by the Parish Council and the village officially remains as 'Holton' to this day. Holton is an Anglo-Saxon place name meaning 'village in a hollow' and the site was likely inhabited from Neolithic times. A few Roman artefacts 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.
Holton has a primary school, two shops — Market Fields Farm Shop and Holton Orchards Farm Shop; the Lord Nelson pub initially closed in 2008 but has been extended and refurbished, and re-opened in 2013 as a restaurant and 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 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 state of disrepair in the 1960s but was rescued and has been restored on numerous occasions since, and its sails started working again in 1996. The mill is now under private ownership but is sometimes opened to the public.
Avian flu outbreak
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