Local Interest

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Great Wenham like this:

“WENHAM (Great), a parish in Samford district, Suffolk: 2 miles WSW of Capel r. station, and 4½ SE of Hadleigh. Post town, Colchester. Acres, 1,123. Real property, £1,980. Pop., 260. Houses, 58. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £285.* Patron, the Bishop of N. The church is good.”

Great Wenham through time

A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Great Wenham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Babergh. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Great Wenham and units named after it.


  1. Rick Hudson says:

    From my family tree it seems that Abraham Cole (Grocer & Beer House keeper), his wife Naomi, and widowed father in law William Pettingale b.1789, had the Queens Head at Wenham Magna in 1851. Could this be the same Queens Head I wonder? William is a GGGrandfather.

    • Hello Rick – the Cole family ran the Queens Head in 1861 but I must urge caution as there were many Coles and several Abrahams or Abrams. Naomi was actually Samuel Cole’s wife but the details you mention for William Pettingale as the Father-in-law do relate to entry No. 19 of the 1851 census where Samuel (not Abraham) was the head of the household. William is given under entry No. 44 in the 1861 census somewhere in the area of Ivy Cottage. Good luck !!

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