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Wortham

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Population (2011) of Wortham: 722.


Local licensing authority for Wortham is Mid Suffolk.

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About Wortham

A dispersed settlement with four distinct centres, unusual in retaining the same name recorded in Domesday (though "Wordam" was also recorded) On John Speed's 1610 map, it appears as "Wurtham". Long green is the most impressive unenclosed green to be found in the county today. Wortham Ling is an area of grassy heath and gorse scrub, now managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust as common land.

Richard Smith was a 19th cent. resident & soldier (a veteran of both Waterloo and the Peninsular campaign) who died on the common in his wheelbarrow leaving his wife to claim parish relief. Richard Cobbold, the twentieth child of John Cobbold (of brewing fame) was a 19th cent. rector here for over 50 years & who wrote about Margaret Catchpole and other characters, creating a fascinating local record.

The Tithe Wars Memorial on the Redgrave road, marks a 1930s confrontation outside Wortham Rectory between landowners who resented having to pay for the up-keep of the church and hundreds of police and black-shirts. The inscription reads, "The Tithe War; 134 pigs and 15 cattle (value £702) seized for tithe Feb 22nd 1934."

The Cherry Tree (Mellis Road) was only ever licensed for off-sales. It closed in May 1955.

Evidence of Roman occupation was found near the Mellis Road during pile-laying work. The remains of another large Roman building have been found near the Bury Road. Evidence of Saxon occupation has been found near here as well.

It's claimed that an ancient ship burial occurred in meadows near Wortham Manor, but no evidence has yet come to light. A smock mill stood east of Shepherd's Lane; it was demolished in 1948.

Acknowledgements

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