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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
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°03′46″N 1°14′16″E / 52.0629°N 1.2379°E / 52.0629; 1.2379Coordinates: 52°03′46″N 1°14′16″E / 52.0629°N 1.2379°E / 52.0629; 1.2379

Kesgrave is a small town[2] containing two large estates in the English county of Suffolk on the eastern edge of Ipswich.


Early history[edit]

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.

Recent history[edit]

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) and
  • Ryes School (2004–2007).

Notable Residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". 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]

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