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Westleton village
Westleton is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population349 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSaxmundham
Postcode districtIP17
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°15′54″N 1°34′31″E / 52.264982°N 1.575395°E / 52.264982; 1.575395Coordinates: 52°15′54″N 1°34′31″E / 52.264982°N 1.575395°E / 52.264982; 1.575395

Westleton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Suffolk. It is located 4 miles (6 km) north of Leiston and 5 miles (8 km) north-east of Saxmundham near the North Sea coast. The village is on the edge of the Suffolk Sandlings, an area of lowland heathland. The village lies along the B1125 road, 2 miles (3 km) to the east of the A12 and Darsham railway station.

Westleton Heath National Nature Reserve is 0.5 miles (1 km) north east of the village. The heath is crossed by a minor road from Westleton to the coastal village of Dunwich, 2 miles (3 km) to the east. The famous Minsmere RSPB reserve lies immediately to the east of the village.

St Peter's church

The fourteenth-century village church of St Peter in Westleton was built by monks from Sibton Abbey near Saxmundham. The church has twice seen the collapse of its tower: in 1776 under the strain of hurricane winds; and during World War II, when the smaller wooden replacement had to be demolished following bomb damage.[2][3] It is a grade II* listed building.[4]

Westleton retains some other basic services, helped by its proximity to the coast and Minsmere. These include a post office, two bookshops, a garage and two pubs, the White Horse and The Crown. The latter is a historic coaching inn dating from the 12th century.[5] The bookshop, Chapel Books, has been immortalised in print in Julie Myerson's 2003 novel, Something Might Happen, as the location for a seduction scene.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  2. ^ History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk, William White, Robert Leader, Sheffield, 1855
  3. ^ "Westleton church". Westleton. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ Historic England. "ST PETER'S CHURCH (1283793)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  5. ^ Welcome to Westleton Parish Council's website, Westleton Parish Council. Retrieved 2011-04-26.

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