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Shottisham Watermill
Shottisham is located in Suffolk
 Shottisham shown within Suffolk
Population 197 
OS grid reference TM 31995 44647
   – London 98.9 mi (159.2 km)  
Civil parish Shottisham
District Suffolk Coastal (borough)
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Woodbridge
Postcode district IP12
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°03′06″N 1°22′56″E / 52.051620°N 1.3822200°E / 52.051620; 1.3822200

Shottisham is a village and civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal District, in the county of Suffolk.[1] Shottisham is located only three miles west of the coast, the closest beach is Shingle Street beach.[2]


The origins of Shottisham and its name can be traced back to Old English, being translated to 'Scot or *Sceot's homestead/village'.[3] The earliest history of Shottisham is recorded in the 1066 Domesday Book and is described as being located in the Hundred of Wilford. Shottisham had 24 households which was quite large compared to other nearby village parishes, containing 1 smallholder and 15 free men. The land was valued at £1.8, of which the overlords at this time were Edric of Laxfield and Godric of Peyton.[4] St Margaret, the parish Church of Shottisham was originally founded in 1618 and contained a graveyard and had a tower holding a single church bell, in 1845 it was restored.[5]

Total Number of Houses in Shottisham from 1831 to 1961

As of 1966 the church of St Margaret became a listed building by English Heritage.[6] There are parish boundary records for Shottisham dating back to 1831. Shottisham in 1831 had 2,320 acres of land, however this figure significantly reduced to 1,884 acres due to parish boundary changes by 1881.[7]

Shottisham has population census data which records back to 1801, in which 161 people lived there. The population for Shottisham from 1801 and the 2011 census show there has been an increase from 161 to 197 people. The population of Shottisham according to census records, was its highest in 1851 with 372 people.[8]

Population of Shottisham from 1801 to 2011

There are occupational statistics from census data for Shottisham in 1831 and 1881. In 1831 the statistics show that the vast majority of the population were employed as agricultural labourers, just over 60%. The second highest employment sector was Retail and Handicrafts, in which 28% of the population were employed. The Census data for 1881 shows still the majority of men were employed as agricultural labourers, around 66%. And that the largest employment sector for women was Domestic services of offices, with 20% employed in that sector.[9]

There are a number of listed buildings in Shottisham, not just St Margaret's parish Church. The public house The Sorrel Horse is a grade two listed building as well as Shottisham Hall which also became a grade two listed building in August 1988.[10]

In the 1870s, Shottisham was described as:

Shottisham, a parish, with a village, in Woodbridge district, Suffolk; 4¼ miles SE of Woodbridge r. station. It has a post-office under Woodbridge. The church was restored in 1867. There is a national school.[11]

Present day[edit]

Shottisham is a small village that is located between Woodbridge and Bawdsey. There are only a small number of business one of which is a general store, which also acts as a post office ( this shop and Post Office closed early 1990s)).[12] Shottisham has a church, a pub and a camp site. The church is dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch; the pub is named The Sorrel Horse. The total population is 197 according to the 2011 census.[13] Due to Shottisham being located in a very rural area there is no national public bus service, however there is a private company who run a morning and evening timetable for residents of Shottisham who work in nearby Woodbridge. The nearest train station to the village is Melton, which is on the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft.[14]

The average asking price for a house in Shottisham is £440,600, which is high compared to the national average of £250,000.[15]

The population of Shottisham has seen a move from the majority of the population working in agricultural to a spread in the distribution. According to the 2011 census data for Shottisham the highest three employment sectors are Primary education with 14%, Human health and Social work activities with 9.5%, and wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles with 11%.[16]

The Sorrel Horse pub and St Margaret parish church

Local businesses[edit]

  • The Sorrel Horse, is a pub that dates back to the 15th century.[17] As of August 2011 it was bought collectively by the community, the shares that were sold managed to raise £450,000 to keep the Sorrel Horse open.[18]
  • St Margaret Camp-site, is a small caravan/camp site that has 30 pitches.[19]


Shottisham contains no schools within the village itself, however several schools are located nearby. The two closest primary schools to Shottisham are Hollesley Primary School which is 2.5 miles from the village and Bawdsey Primary school which is 4.2 miles from the village. Both schools educate students from the ages 4 to 11. As regards to secondary education pupils would have to travel to nearby Woodbridge school which educates students from the ages of 4 to 18.[20] As of 1994 the current Headmaster of Woodbridge school is Mr Stephen Cole.[21]


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  2. ^ "Shottisham local attractions". St Margaret Campsite. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Survey of old English Place Names". University of Nottigham. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Place: Shottisham". Open Doomsday. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Suffolk, Shottisham". GENUKI. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "St Margaret listed building". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Vision of Britain, Shottisham CP". University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population Statistics". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Employment statistics". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Shottisham Listed buildings". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Gazetteer of England and Wales (1st ed.). Edinburgh: A. Pullarton & Co. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Shottisham description". BBC doomsday reloaded. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Shottisham (Parish): Key Fiqures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Shottisham transport information". BBC doomsday reloaded. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Shottisham House Prices". Zoopla Property Search. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Shottisham industry statistics". Neighbourhood statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Sorrel Horse". The Sorrel Horse (ownership). Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Shottisham's Community pub". BBC. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "St Margaret Camp site". St Margaret Camp site. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "School Finder". RM education. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Woodbridge School". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

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