Stanton, Suffolk

Stanton, Suffolk

Stanton is village situated about nine miles north-east of Bury St Edmunds, on the A143 road to Diss.

Close to the village lies the former Second World War airfield RAF Shepherds Grove, where American forces were based.

One of the main landmarks in the village is the restored windmill at Upthorpe Farm, to the east of the village.

The name Stanton means "a homestead on stony ground".

It's believed the site of the village has been continuously occupied since Roman times.

Stanton dates back to Roman times, sited at the junction of Peddars Way and the Roman road believed to run between Camulodunum (Colchester) and Bildeston. The site of a Roman Villa known as Stanton Chare is at the junction of the two ancient routes.

The Manor of Stanton was held for many years by Abbots of Bury St Edmunds, and subsequently by the Capel-Lofft family name.

The present parish was formed from two earlier parishes, Stanton All Saints and Stanton St John. The former St John's Church, on a prominent hill outside the village, was abandoned and services continued at All Saints in the village centre.

Upthorpe Mill was built in 1751 at a site on the other side of the village to where it is today. It was moved to its present site in 1808 and worked until the First World War. Repairs carried out in 1939 returned it to working order and the mill was restored in 1990.

There is a Primary school, Stanton Pre-School and a nursery. The primary school predominantly feeds through to either Ixworth free school or Thurston Community College.

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The parish council meets on the second Thursday of every month in the village hall.

The two local pubs are The Cock Inn and The Rose & Crown.

There are two open churches, All Saints (Church of England), and a Methodist church.

The disused church of St Johns holds occasional services.

There are number of businesses in the village; a post office and newsagents, a fish and chips shop, hairdressers and a bakery.

Stanton has a football team Stanton FC.

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