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St Petronilla Church, Whepstead
Whepstead is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP29
UK Parliament
List of places
52°11′24″N 0°40′59″E / 52.190°N 0.683°E / 52.190; 0.683Coordinates: 52°11′24″N 0°40′59″E / 52.190°N 0.683°E / 52.190; 0.683

Whepstead is a village and civil parish in the West Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England, located south of Bury St Edmunds. Once the property of Bury Abbey it became a possession of the Drury family at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. Whepstead Church is dedicated to St Petronilla the only such dedication in England.

In 1870–72, John Marius Wilson described Whepsted in his Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales like this;

"WHEPSTEAD, a parish, with a village, in Thingoe district, Suffolk; 4½ miles SSW of Bury-St. Edmunds r. station. It has a post-office under Bury-St. Edmunds. Acres, 2,670. Real property, £4,281. Pop., 677. Houses, 140. The property is much subdivided. Plumpton House is the seat of W. R. Bevan, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £600.* Patron, A. R. Steele, Esq. The church is good; and there are an endowed school with £35 a year, and charities £50"[1]

Hamlets in the parish of Whepstead include Melon Green, Mickley Green and Stone Cross Green.

There is one pub in Whepstead called The White Horse, which is a free house built in the 17th century.[2]

A community centre is located on the B1066 Bury St Edmunds to Hartest road. It is managed by the local community and is regularly used for activities including Keep Fit, Carpet Bowls, and the Cricket Club.[3]


According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Whepstead had a population of 427 with 181 households.[4]

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Whepstead from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 546 635 664 618 681 652 625 502
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[5]
Population growth in Whepstead from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001
Population 472 430 376 391 421 357 427
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time

Location grid[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Whepstead, in St Edmundsbury and Suffolk | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. ^ "White Horse Pub, Whepstead". www.whitehorsewhepstead.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Suffolk Village Halls". www.suffolkvillagehalls.co.uk. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Suffolk County Council - 2001 Census Profiles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 22 February 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Whepstead at Wikimedia Commons