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
Location within Suffolk
Population150 (2005)[1]
185 (2011)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townColchester
Postcode districtCO7
AmbulanceEast 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-framed, 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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