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Wattisfield

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Population (2011) of Wattisfield: 475.


Local licensing authority for Wattisfield is Mid Suffolk.

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About Wattisfield

Now a dry parish. A small settlement on A143 with an abundance of mica clay, recorded in Domesday as "Wate(s)felda" and appearing on John Speed's 1610 map as "Watteſfelda". Archaeological evidence suggests that pottery was manufactured around here for over 3000 years before the arrival of the Romans. Various Roman pottery kilns have also been excavated locally (at least 20). Perhaps it is not surprising to find a local pottery still in operation today.

Local magazine the Four Gazette covers the parishes of Hinderclay, Hepworth, Thelnetham and Wattisfield.

A putative Iron Age and Saxon or Medieval settlement has been unearthed in the west of the parish. Another Saxon or Medieval settlement has been found near Walsham Road. A Romano-British or Anglo-Saxon cemetery was found by Basil Brown in 1934. A post-Medieval post mill stood near Manning's Lane; it was demolished circa 1965.

Acknowledgements

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