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St Botolph's Church, Iken
Iken is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population101 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWoodbridge
Postcode districtIP12
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°08′29″N 1°31′22″E / 52.141381°N 1.522703°E / 52.141381; 1.522703Coordinates: 52°08′29″N 1°31′22″E / 52.141381°N 1.522703°E / 52.141381; 1.522703

Iken is a small village and civil parish in the marshlands of the English county of Suffolk.

It is near the estuary of the River Alde on the North Sea coast and is located south east of Snape and due north of Orford.

During World War 2 Iken and the neighbouring village of Sudbourne were used as a battle training area in advance of the D-Day landings in June 1944. The inhabitants were relocated returning sometime after the war finished.[2]

The Anchorage, formerly an island in what was a marsh at the edge of the estuary, is the most likely site of Saint Botolph's Abbey, Ikenhoe. During excavations in 1977 Dr Stanley West discovered part of a large stone Saxon cross incorporated into the wall of the Church tower. The Cross was carved with the heads of dogs and wolves, symbols which were traditionally recognised as St Botolph's emblems during the Middle Ages and therefore it is thought that the cross may originally have been a memorial to him.

Julian Tennyson, (1915-1945), writer and historian, most famous for his writings on his home county of Suffolk, is commemorated by a headstone in the churchyard of St Botolph's.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  2. ^ Simper, Robert (1995). Rivers Alde,Ore and Blythe. UK: Creekside Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 0 9519927 3 2.

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