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St. Mary's; the parish church of Tattingstone - geograph.org.uk - 619479.jpg
St Mary's parish church
Tattingstone is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population540 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceTM1337
Civil parish
  • Tattingstone
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIpswich
Postcode districtIP9
Dialling code01473
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
WebsiteTattingstone Village
List of places
51°59′24″N 1°06′36″E / 51.99°N 1.110°E / 51.99; 1.110Coordinates: 51°59′24″N 1°06′36″E / 51.99°N 1.110°E / 51.99; 1.110

Tattingstone is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England on the Shotley peninsula about 5 miles (8 km) south of Ipswich. The 2011 Census recorded the population as 540.[1]


The Domesday Book of 1086 records the toponym as Tatituna or Tatistuna. It the location of Tattingstone Place and the folly known as the Tattingstone Wonder.

The parish has three distinct settlements. The main settlement includes the church, Tattingstone Park and the former Samford House of Industry, or Workhouse (1766–1930). This site was used as St Mary's hospital until it was redeveloped for housing in 1991. Tattingstone Heath is located on the A137, whilst a small hamlet close to the White Horse is connected to the rest of the parish by Lemons Hill bridge over the western end of Alton reservoir.

The Tattingstone Estate was bequeathed to Mr Western by his father's first cousin Thomas White in 1808. Tattingstone Church (OS grid TM1337) has a vault dedicated for Thomas Western (died 1814) and his wife Guilietta Roman (died 1850) and Thomas White (died 1808). The church was robbed on Thursday, 16 October 2008.

Tattingstone suitcases murder[edit]

In 1967 the remains of murder victim Bernard Oliver were found in suitcases in a field in Tattingstone on 16 January 1967, 10 days after his family reported him missing.[2] Nobody was ever charged, though two now deceased doctors were considered prime suspects.[2]


The village was split into two halves in the 1970s when the valley was flooded to make a 400-acre (1.6 km2) reservoir. Alton Mill which once stood in the way of the development was dismantled and re-erected at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

However, Tattingstone Alton Hall was not preserved and disappeared into the water. Over twenty houses and two farms were flooded to make way for the reservoir.

The pavilion which resides on the playing field in the village was constructed using the doors and some of the structural timbers from the boat house that was situated on the lakes that were in the valley prior to the flooding. The pavilion was built by five local men who used to live in the village.

The reservoir is managed by Anglian Water and is known as Alton Water or Alton Reservoir. It is now a haven for wildlife and is used by cyclists, walkers and fishermen and for other watersports.

Notable buildings[edit]

Tattingstone Wonder is a strange folly built in about 1790 for local Squire, Edward White, who then lived in the Hall. Originally a pair of cottages, a third was added together with a mock church tower and facade to give his neighbours "something to wonder at".

The village has two pubs, the Wheatsheaf and the White Horse but the Orange Box (formally called the Waterloo House, opposite the school) was closed and demolished in 2000 along with village shop and post office which were part of the same building.


  1. ^ "Area: Tattingstone (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b . BBC News. 1 April 2017 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-39410004. Retrieved 2 April 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

The website and monthly newsletter is run by a sub-committee that is independent from the Parish Council and is funded by selling advertisement space to local businesses.