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Eriswell

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Eriswell in Domesday

Population (2011) of Eriswell: 3101.


Local licensing authority for Eriswell is Forest Heath.

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About Eriswell

Eriswell was once an important settlement which grew out of the ancient hamlet of Cocklesworth. It was recorded in Domesday as "Hereswella" and on John Speed's 1610 map as "Ersewell".

During the Napoleonic wars the local warren heath is recorded as supplying 25,000 rabbits per year for the London markets. The village is now dominated by the Lakenheath airbase.

Many artefacts of Roman and earlier periods have been excavated around Eriswell. A hoard of 327 Iceni coins and 72 Roman silver coins were found south of the site of RAF Lakenheath. There's evidence of a Romano-British settlement under the airbase itself, around Caudle Head. There's also evidence of a Neolithic settlement towards the south of the parish and a possible Saxon cemetery at Wangford Warren.

Acknowledgements

Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.