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Church of St Peter - - 830696.jpg
St Peter's church
Nowton is located in Suffolk
Nowton shown within Suffolk
Population140 (2005)[1]
163 (2011)[2]
OS grid referenceTL8660
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP29
Dialling code01284
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°12′54″N 0°43′59″E / 52.215°N 0.733°E / 52.215; 0.733Coordinates: 52°12′54″N 0°43′59″E / 52.215°N 0.733°E / 52.215; 0.733

Nowton is a small village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located on the southern edge of Bury St Edmunds, in 2005 its population was 140.[1]

The village is situated to the south of the vast Nowton Park. The park is almost 200 acres in size and is landscaped in typical Victorian style. It is owned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and managed for recreation, leisure and nature conservation. It was once part of the Oakes family estate, and contains wild flower meadows, mixed woodland, wildlife ponds and an arboretum featuring trees from around the world. It is renowned for The Lime Avenue with its 100,000 daffodils that emerge in spring.[3]

St Peter's church, is the parish church of the village and dates from the 12th century. It was enlarged and repewed in 1843, at the cost of H.J. Oakes, Esq and J.H Porteus Oakes, Esq[4] and is a grade II* listed building.[5] The church is a neat building that contains a nave and chancel and a good collection of late medieval Flemish glass windows.[6] The bell tower contains 6 bells.[7]

To the south of the park lies Nowton Court which was built in 1837 and was owned by the Oakes family. For several years it was run as a boarding prep school until it closed and pupils and staff moved to Old Buckenham Hall School in Brettenham. Its most famous alumnus is Nigel Havers.[8] Nowton Court is now a retirement home called 'Nowton Court Village'.[9]

The village is also the location of Grade 2 listed Nowton Hall. The former farmhouse is dated 1595 on the chimney-stack, with the initials A.P. for Anthony Payne (d.1606). The house stands on the remains of a roughly E-shaped moated site. Prior to the Dissolution, the manor belonged to the Benedictine Abbey of St. Edmundsbury.[10]


According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Nowton had a population of 131 with 59 households,[11] increasing to a population of 163 in 61 households at the 2011 Census.

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Nowton from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 170 167 171 137 171 187 180 234
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[12]
Population growth in Nowton from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Population 201 194 211 185 203 184 131 163
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[12]

Location grid[edit]


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ "History of Suffolk – Nowton 1865". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST PETER (1194745)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST PETER (1194745)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  7. ^ "History of Suffolk – Nowton 1865". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Nigel Havers visits his old school at Nowton Court for TV filming". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Luxury retirement, respite, convalescence and residential care in Bury st Edmunds – Nowton Court Village – Luxury Retirement Centre Bury St Edmunds". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  10. ^ Stuff, Good. "Nowton Hall – Nowton – Suffolk – England | British Listed Buildings". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Suffolk County Council – 2001 Census Profiles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  12. ^ a b "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 22 February 2011.