Coordinates: 52°03′46″N 1°14′16″E / 52.0629°N 1.2379°E / 52.0629; 1.2379
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All Saints church, Kesgrave
Kesgrave is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population14,168 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM220454
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIPSWICH
Postcode districtIP5
Dialling code01473
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
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52°03′46″N 1°14′16″E / 52.0629°N 1.2379°E / 52.0629; 1.2379

Kesgrave is a town[2] and civil parish in the East Suffolk district of Suffolk, England. The town is close to both Ipswich and Woodbridge. Kesgrave forms part of the wider Ipswich Built-up area.


The area was recorded as Gressgrava in the Domesday Book, by the late 15th century its name had become Kesgrave. Kesgrave remained a small agricultural settlement with just a church, inn and a few farmsteads for over 700 years. In 1921 the population was only 103 housed in 20 dwellings. Since then great changes have taken place.[vague]

By 1988 Kesgrave covered an area of more than 800 acres (320 ha; 1.3 sq mi). Kesgrave parish council officially adopted the title of a town in January 2000.[3]


Kesgrave High School is a large 11-18 comprehensive co-educational school with nearly 2000 pupils. A study for Sustrans noted that 61% of the pupils cycled to the school.[4] This is largely due to the installation of a large cycle lane through the local housing development and along the main road. The school actively encourages walking or cycling and provides bicycle storage facilities.[5]

The five primary schools in the immediate vicinity of Kesgrave are Beacon Hill Primary School, Birchwood Primary School, Cedarwood Primary School the building of which was awarded a Civic Trust Award in 2003,[6] Gorseland Primary School and Heath Primary School.

Kesgrave was home to a number of private day and boarding schools based at Kesgrave Hall

  • St. Edmund's School (1946–1975)
  • Kesgrave Hall School (1976–1993)
  • Shawe Manor (1993)
  • Ryes School (2004–2007)


Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  2. ^ "History of Kesgrave". Kesgrave Town Council. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  3. ^ "History of Kesgrave". Kesgrave Town Council. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Safe Routes To Schools - Case Studies - Kesgrave High School". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Kesgrave High School - How we did it!". 2005. Retrieved 1 March 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ Cedarwood Primary School Archived 2011-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, Civic Trust Awards, 2003. Retrieved 2009-09-01
  7. ^ Lawrence Ward Serjeant at Arms
  8. ^ "Geoffrey Chaucer came from Kesgrave". 4 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Makaton sign language co-creator honoured with memorial bench". 13 August 2022.

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