Buxhall, Suffolk

Buxhall, Suffolk

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First mentioned in a charter of 995 Buxhall is situated in the centre of Suffolk, scattered over 2,560 acres.

It is four miles south-west of Stowmarket, 10 miles south-east of Bury St Edmunds, 15 miles from the county town of Ipswich and 80 miles from London.

The rural village is a mix of old properties, many thatched, and contemporary houses inhabited by long standing residents and a variety of newcomers.

At the beginning of the 20th century Buxhall was virtually self sufficient with an agricultural economy. It enjoyed the facilities of a lending library, post office, windmill, blacksmith’s forge, shops, school, church, chapel, horse drawn fire engine and the Crown Public House.

The school (1877 - mid 40s) was converted to the Village Hall and the old fire engine which had proved a lifesaver in its heyday was sadly sold off as scrap metal for the knock down price of four pounds. What an exhibit that would have been for the popular Granay Craft Museum which gives a facinating insight into the village's past.

The windmill lost its sails following the great storm of 1929. They were not replaced but milling continued for many years with a hammer-mill driven by diesel. Buxhall Mill was in use until the early 70s when the owners transferred the business to Stowmarket.

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Farming is no longer the major activity and source of employment it was in the past but there are other commercial activities ranging from a brewery to a leading Christian music and book publishing company.

Villagers enjoy a vibrant community life with a variety of social activities throughout the year including a summer fete. This event in the grounds of Copinger Hall (previously the rectory) raise funds in support of the early 14th century St Mary's Church which boasts a fine choir and proficient bell ringers.

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