Little Waldingfield is a small and delightful parish village in the centre of the beautiful county of Suffolk. It lies within the District of Babergh, and can be found just to the south of the historic wool town of Lavenham. It is close neighbours with the picturesque villages of Kersey and Chelsworth, whilst nearby are the towns of Hadleigh, Long Melford and Sudbury, with Bury St. Edmunds, Stowmarket and the county town of Ipswich also within easy reach.
Little Waldingfield is a small friendly village ........
We are proud of our village, where we have a strong and vibrant local community. Little Waldingfield is a small and very friendly village where you will find:
- Our beautiful Church, St Lawrence, rebuilt on a grand scale in the 15th century with aisles and a clerestory;
- The Swan Inn, our local hostelry, sadly currently closed and due for major renovation following its sale;
- A delightful village hall, known as The Parish Room; and
- Our playing fields with pavilion and separate children's play area.
The village and church are mentioned in the Domesday Book 1086. Little Waldingfield grew to considerable prominence at the height of the East Anglian cloth trade, in the sixteenth century.
Much of the village lies within a conservation area. The parish also contains part of the Milden Thicks, a site of special scientific interest, as well as two of the sources of the River Box. There are a number of attractive listed buildings, with the Church of St. Lawrence being Grade 1 listed.
Now with a population of just over 300, the village has a strong sense of community, with a wide variety of social activities held at both the Parish Room and the Playing field, as well as a thriving church and pub.
Our Local History Recorder is Sue Sheppard, who operates within the Suffolk Local History Council (SLHC) Local Recorders Scheme to note significant happenings in the village throughout the year, and who is also on the look-out for older records and to record reminiscences of the past.
The Webmaster for this site is Andy Sheppard, who will be pleased to receive suggestions for website improvement or comments / items for possible inclusion via his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Local Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers are:
PC 1220 Chris Garrod
PCSO 3193 Siobhan Hemme
By Telephone - In an emergency always dial 999. The new telephone number for non emergency calls is 101.
By Post - Sudbury Police Station, Acton Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1QN