Trimley St. Mary

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Trimley St. Mary
Trimley St. Mary is located in Suffolk
Trimley St. Mary
Trimley St. Mary
 Trimley St. Mary shown within Suffolk
Population 3,665 (2011)
OS grid reference TM 281 363
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Felixstowe
Postcode district IP11
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 51°58′41″N 1°19′23″E / 51.978°N 1.323°E / 51.978; 1.323

Trimley St. Mary is a parish and village on the Roman road between Felixstowe and Ipswich in Suffolk, England. Its eastern border is Spriteshall Lane.[1] The village, and its neighbour Trimley St. Martin, are famous for their adjacent churches, which were built as the result of a historical family feud.[citation needed] St. Mary's church is the southerly church (at grid reference TM 276 369). The village also contains a number of shops, including an Indian takeaway, a hairdresser, a newsagent and two pubs. Trimley railway station serves the village on the Felixstowe Branch Line.

According to the 2011 census, the population of Trimley was 3,665.[2]

In the 1870s, Trimley St Mary was described in this way:

Trimley ST. Martin and T.St. Mary are two parishes in Woodbridge district. The churches stand in one churchyard, and are both rubble buildings.[3]


The name Trimley means "Trymma's woodland clearing".[4]

Trimley St Mary population time series 1801-2001
Occupational Statistics 1881

Recent archaeological findings in neighbouring Walton showed evidence of Bronze Age field systems in use. The Domesday Book entries for Trimley St Mary and Martin show there to have been a number of farms and households in the area.[5] There is also a reference to PLUMGEARD, which may have been in the area.

By 1811, the census shows that the population of the parish was 346, with a balance of 175 males and 171 females. It also contained information on occupations showing that 35 families in the village were chiefly employed in agriculture, 17 in trade/manufacture and the remaining 19 families were unknown or not recorded.[6] There is more data available for the population's occupations in 1881. The breakdown for the males was 57 in agriculture, 7 in general commodities, 7 in domestic services/offices, 6 in food and lodging and 5 working with animals. Females, however, had a completely different breakdown as 26 worked in domestic services and offices and the remaining 76 were unknown.[7] The population of Trimley St Mary has continued to grow since records began in 1801, when the population was only 330.[8] By 2011, it had grown exponentially to 3,665.[9] Census data from that year indicates that employment in Trimley has altered greatly in time. The percentage of people working in agriculture has declined massively and is now less than 1% of the working population. The biggest increases have been seen in manufacturing, wholesale, retail, transport, storage and education.[10] This parallels the general trend of change throughout the rest of England, where the agricultural industry has seen large declines, along with most industries of the primary sector of the economy as people have moved over to the secondary and tertiary sectors in hope of greater pay and better conditions in the workplace.[11]


Trimley St Mary is part of the electoral ward called Trimleys with Kirton. The total population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 6,923.[12]

Present Day[edit]

Trimley St. Mary is a small parish lying between Walton, Suffolk and Ipswich. Within this small parish there is a variety of local businesses, including window cleaners, beauticians, photographers, metal works, recycling plants, dog groomers and garages.[13] One independent business that has been given some of the most impeccable reviews is Brierfield care home, which is rated 9.9/10 on average and given no lower than good in all criteria by the reviewers online.[14] The care home was said to have had a "grand extension open in August 2010 and had its existing building refurbished to a very high standard"[15] and has the qualification to provide specialist care for patients with Alzheimer's disease.[16] The parish also contains Trimley St Mary Primary School, which in 2014 catered for 370 pupils and has been in existence since 1904, maintaining a good reputation.[17] There is a local newsletter that is distributed occasionally with no set date, letting the community know of anything interesting happening or coming up.[18]

Every year the two parishes of Trimley take part in the annual Carnival that is held in the summer month of July. The two-day event is described as "colourful floats starting at Faulkeners Way at 1300, travelling along High Road, and ending at the Trimley Sports and Social Club where there will be various activities, including a disco, stalls, demonstrations, food and fairground rides, and of course Marty Le Fox, the resident carnival mascot."[19]

In 2013, the majority of houses that were sold in Trimley St. Mary were detached, averaging at £227,429. The overall average house price for the area came out at £184,795, which was said to have been up on the 2012 average by 10%.[20]

In 2005, environmental information was available in census data and it showed that Trimley St Mary was dominated by greenspace as over 75% of the parish was termed greenspace. If you then include domestic gardens the percentage of area rises to an even bigger 85%. Surprisingly, this is still below the average for the whole of England.[21]

The majority of the people living in Trimley St Mary are from the United Kingdom as the 2011 census data declared 3,493 of the total of 3,665 people to be from the UK. Out of the remaining 172 people, 81 came from a European country, 18 were from Africa, 32 from the Middle East and Asia, 31 from the Americas and the Caribbean and the remaining 3 from Oceania and Antartica. This is a lower number of residents from other countries than the general trend for the UK but is similar to the average for the Suffolk coast.[22]

Trimley Bypass[edit]

The Trimley bypass was built in the early 1970s to divert traffic from the expanding Port of Felixstowe away from the Trimleys.

Places of Interest[edit]

St Mary's Church was effectively closed in the 1980s and has struggled ever since to gain sufficient popularity to reopen as most people have been drawn in to the more exciting churches down in Felixstowe. It and the parish church of neighbour Trimley St Martin are located in adjacent churchyards. Even though the church no longer functions, it is said to have a wonderful array of stained glass windows from the late 19th and 20th centuries.[23]

The Mariners Free House (re-opening soon) returned to its original name in August 2015 from being called The Three Mariners for number of years. It has been a Grade II listed building since 1983.[24] The pub had an annual charity day on which local bands came and played, and a barbeque was supplied and a raffle held to raise money.[25]

The war memorials are to be found inside St Mary's church. There are two different ones there to remember the fallen soldiers of World War 1. The first is a plaque with the names of soldiers on display and a Celtic cross above. The other is a stunning stained glass window dedicated to the soldiers with an image of Christ and his disciples.[26]

The Welcome Hall next door to the Three Mariners Pub was erected in 1902 by the Lord Chancellor of the time, Lord Halsbury, and was provided by the Pretyman family. After the Hall was passed on to village trustees in 1939, it was used for recreational purposes and mental/physical training. Thanks to the board of trustees, the Hall received a new roof in 1996 that was in desperate need. The Hall can be hired out by groups and is used for many activities, such as yoga, line dancing, dance, musical theatre, Zen meditation, keep fit, WI gatherings and PCC meetings.[27]


The A14 is the nearest major road to Trimley St Mary, and runs between Felixstowe port and the Midlands.[28] The nearest junction is 59, which can be accessed in Trimley.[29]

Trimley railway station is a listed building and is on the Felixstowe Branch Line. London Stansted Airport is the nearest airport and is approximately 55 miles away.


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  17. ^ "Trimley St. Mary Primary School". Trimley St. Mary Primary School. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
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  29. ^ Dixon, David. "Photographers". Geograph. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 

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