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St Nicholas church, Wattisham
Wattisham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population110 (2005)[1]
OS grid referenceTM012515
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIPSWICH
Postcode districtIP7
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°07′31″N 0°56′19″E / 52.12527°N 0.93868°E / 52.12527; 0.93868Coordinates: 52°07′31″N 0°56′19″E / 52.12527°N 0.93868°E / 52.12527; 0.93868

Wattisham is a civil parish near to the town of Stowmarket in Suffolk, England. From the 2011 Census the population of the parish was, according to the ONS, included in the civil parish of Hitcham.

Wattisham Airfield[edit]

The village houses an airfield. Formerly known as RAF Wattisham, it was one of the front-line airfields in the Cold War. The RAF moved out in March 1993 and it is now the largest Army Air Corps airfield in the United Kingdom. The airbase is now named Wattisham Airfield.


The parish church of St Nicholas, was declared redundant by Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in the 1970s but was taken over by a charitable trust, who use it for concerts and exhibitions, with profits reinvested into caring for the building. Diocesan architect Henry Munro Cautley (1875-1959), in his 1937 Suffolk Churches and their Treasures, found little to interest him except an armorial shield.[2]

North of the village is Wattisham Castle, dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.[3] The Wattisham Strict Baptist Chapel is located in the village.


  1. ^ Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Wattisham St Nicholas". Suffolkchurches.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Wattisham Castle". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Wattisham at Wikimedia Commons