Wenham Magna

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Wenham Magna
St. John's church, Great Wenham, Suffolk - geograph.org.uk - 213446.jpg
St. John's Church
Wenham Magna is located in Suffolk
Wenham Magna
Wenham Magna
Wenham Magna shown within Suffolk
Population 150 (2005)[1]
185 (2011)
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Colchester
Postcode district CO7
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°00′13″N 1°00′51″E / 52.003714°N 1.014304°E / 52.003714; 1.014304Coordinates: 52°00′13″N 1°00′51″E / 52.003714°N 1.014304°E / 52.003714; 1.014304

Wenham Magna, also known as Great Wenham, is a village and a civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk in eastern England.

The parish also contains the hamlets of Gipsy Row,[2] Vauxhall and Wenham Hill. In 2005 it had a population of 150,[1] increasing to 185 at the 2011 Census.[3]

Wenham Magna is the birthplace of Matthew Hopkins, the infamous witchfinder general.[4][5][6] His father, James Hopkins, was a Puritan clergyman and vicar of St John's church[6][7] The family at one point held title "to lands and tenements in Framlingham 'at the castle'".[8][9] James Hopkins was popular with his parishioners, one of whom in 1619 left money to purchase Bibles for his then three children James, John and Thomas.[5]

St John's church[edit]

The parish church of St John is a Grade II* listed building.[10]

The chancel is 14th-century with a later, timber-franed, south porch. There is a 14th-century nave with north and south porches and a 15th-century west tower of flint with stone dressings. The rest of the church is plastered with only the stone windows exposed. The church has red plain tiled roofs.[10]


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ Philip's Street Atlas Suffolk, 2007 edition. p150
  3. ^ "Civil Pariush population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Gaskill 2005: p. 9
  5. ^ a b Deacon 1976: p. 13
  6. ^ a b Sharpe, James (2004), "Hopkins, Matthew (d. 1647)", Dictionary of National Biography ((subscription or UK public library membership required)) (online ed.), Oxford University Press, retrieved 18 October 2009 
  7. ^ Deacon 1976: pp. 13, 17
  8. ^ Gaskill 2005: p. 23; Deacon 1976: p. 17; quoting James Hopkins' last will and testament
  9. ^ Knowles, George. "Matthew Hopkins – Witch–finder General". Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Good Stuff (22 February 1955). "Church of St John - Wenham Magna - Suffolk - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 


External links[edit]

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