Fornham All Saints, Suffolk

Fornham All Saints, Suffolk

Fornham All Saints is a small settlement in the St Edmundsbury area.

It is north-northwest of Bury St Edmunds and 500m west of Fornham St Genevieve.

The village sign depicts a helmet and crossed swords commemorating two battles that took place here.

In c902 King Edward fought off a cousin to retain the English crown. In 1173 Henry II defeated the Earl of Leicester and a Flemish army at the Battle of Fornham.

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Today the historic village is more peaceful. It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Fernham omnium Sanctorum".

There's evidence of a small prehistoric or Roman settlement near Pigeon Lane, with as many as four hut circles.

The journalist and author Harold Begbie was born in Fornham, St. Martin, in 1871.

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