Wetherden from the air
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Wetherden is a village and civil parish in the county of Suffolk, England, situated about 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Stowmarket and about 1.25 miles (2.0 km) west of the larger village of Haughley. In 2011 the parish had a population of 540.
Buildings in the village include the Grade I listed 14th century St Mary's Church, a village hall, a Baptist Chapel, and a pub, The Maypole (c. 1530, a Grade II listed building). The church has a mediaeval roof, contains tombs to the Sulyard family, and suffered damage during World War II when it was hit by bombs which also killed several village residents. The clock on the tower was erected by public subscription in 2012 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
A school was established in 1868 catering for over 80 children at its peak, but dwindling numbers led to its closure in 1985, though the building continued to be used as pre-school, catering for under-5s, until 2014.
The village playing field is home to Wetherden F.C. who play in the Ipswich Sunday football league.
- William Robinson (Governor of Hong Kong) (1836-1912) - born in Wetherden.
- Richard Shepherd (theologian) (1732-1809) - rector at Wetherden from 1792 until his death.
- John Sulyard (c. 1518-1575), local landowner, lawyer and politician.
- Michael Tippett (1905-1998), music composer - lived in Wetherden as a boy.
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- "The Maypole Inn". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
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