website last updated 29 April, 2013
It seems that our village has always been a busy, interesting place to live as our history and events of today show.
In saxon times, the original village - known as Wickham - was probably clustered around the site where All Saints Church now stands. It is in an area of about ten acres of easily-worked silty gravel soil. This is quite different from the heavy land of the present village, which was covered by a vast impenetrable forest, being quite unsuited to tillage by the tools used by the Saxons. Because of the architectural and historical merit of the original village buildings that remain around the church, this part is now a conservation area.
Find out about the great fundraising activities, events and achievements which are organised by our local fundraisers.
Devonian Justin Brooke was the man who reversed the villagers' economic misfortunes following his arrival in Wickhambrook with his wife Edith.
The name Alf Hicks is known widely throughout the village and with good reason. If it had anything to do with Wickhambrook Alf was involved.
Lots of photos of the village and village life. Take a look and if you have any to add, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Please also remember that our Suffolk Recorder is recording the events of today so that the history of our village is available for future generations.
depicts, among other things, the post box dating from 1859 (though no longer in use it is said to be the only one of its kind in the British Isles), a crown representing Princess Anne's visit in 1979, the primary school, the mill and a tree between the pubs representing Justin Brooke's orchards.
We have some lovely walks in and around Wickhambrook which have been mapped out for use during your leisure time!
It is believed that Wickhambrook W.I. is the only W.I. in the County to still have their own hall. The hall is available for hiring and the W.I. is always happy to welcome new members.
Our Village Sign depicts, among other things, the post box dating from 1859 (though no longer in use it is said to be the only one of its kind in the British Isles), a crown representing Princess Anne's visit in 1979, the primary school, the mill and a tree between the pubs representing 's orchards.
Wickhambrook is a scattered village of around one thousand people living on eleven greens, ten miles from Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Clare and Haverhill or as the title of a book by local author John Bean would have it 'Ten Miles from Anywhere'.
The eleven greens follow an Anglo - Saxon settlement pattern of small farms and scattered groups of houses beside the fields. Until the 1980's Wickhambrook boasted a vineyard at Genesis Green where wine was produced.
There are three large Manor houses, Giffords, Badmondisfield and Clopton Hall, all high status, timber-framed examples of the 16th century. There are several large farmhouses dating from the early 1500’s. At this time, many country dwellers were moving into towns to live, and the farmers who grew food to send to these towns became wealthy.
The Local History Society has around 50 members who enjoy talks, often illustrated by slides, on topics of local and historical interest. If you want to find out more about our village then this Society is well worth joining.
Our own firestation
Three churches and a Cemetery
The Memorial Social Centre (MSC) is at the heart of the village and provides a venue for most of the clubs and is also available for hire.
The MSC also has a recreation ground with a football pitch, tennis court, bowls green and children’s play area.
Most people travel to the nearest towns to work, but there are still some businesses operating in the village, including several farms.
There are builders, electricians and carpenters, a thatcher, a driving school and a micro brewery producing real ale.
Wickhambrook Surgery provides excellent health and welfare care by an outstanding team of caring people.
There are many activities available in the village, including the Horticultural Society, Tennis, Football, Petanque and Bowls Clubs and the Wickhambrook Players to name just a few.
Visit the Wickhambrook Surgery page to find out more about these and all the other clubs in the village.