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Little Wenham, Suffolk

Historical Description

Wenham, Little, a parish in Suffolk, 1½ mile W by N of Capel station on the G.E.R., and 4½ miles SE by E of Hadleigh. Post town, Colchester. Acreage, 940; population of the civil parish, 56; of the ecclesiastical, with Capel St Mary, 661. The living is a rectory, consolidated with Capel St Mary. The church is of the 13th century. There are considerable remains of a moated castle of the 13th century.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySuffolk 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1558.


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints' is a plain rubble edifice of the 13th century, in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and western tower and one bell: it contains a brass to the Brewse family, dated 1503, a monument to Gilbert Debenham, 1371; and another to Joseph Thurston, d 1732: a new roof was placed on the church in 1903 by Miss Crisp, at a cost of about £300, there are about 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Little Wenham from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.


Online maps of Little Wenham are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

Postal districtCO7
Post TownColchester