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All Saints church, Kesgrave
Kesgrave is located in Suffolk
 Kesgrave shown within Suffolk
Population 14,168 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TM220454
District Suffolk Coastal
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IP5
Dialling code 01473
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
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Coordinates: 52°03′46″N 1°14′16″E / 52.0629°N 1.2379°E / 52.0629; 1.2379

Kesgrave is a suburb 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.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4]

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,[5] 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).

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 2008-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Safe Routes To Schools - Case Studies - Kesgrave High School". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Kesgrave High School - How we did it!". 2005. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  5. ^ Cedarwood Primary School, Civic Trust Awards, 2003. Retrieved 2009-09-01

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