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Planned Roadworks

Added to page: 12/08/2020



This notice is to inform you that Mid Suffolk District Council received notice on 1st April 2020 from the owner of The Swan Inn, The Street, Woolpit, Suffolk, IP30 9QN, that they intend to dispose of the property...

Click here to download the full document and read further information

Should you wish to speak to an officer about this matter, please call Stephanie Osborne on 01449 724645.

Added to page: 15/04/2020

COVID-19 Coronoavirus Emergency

Dear Resident,
The Covid-19 infection has been declared a pandemic and the government has announced measures which will affect all of us. In this emergency we would like to make sure that those who need help will receive it. To do so we need to identify those who need assistance and those who are willing to provide help. If you fall into either category please can you let us know by ticking the appropriate section in the attached (Microsoft Word) document. (PDF Version for printing)

Please return the information to Woolpit Parish Council either by email at woolpitcv@gmail.com or by arranging for the form to be dropped through the letter box at Woolpit Institute. If you have any questions, email the above or call 07740 780460.

All information you supply will only be used in this emergency.


Woolpit Museum

Now that lockdown is being eased and museums are allowed to open again, as long they follow strict guidelines, we have been thinking about possibly reopening our museum.

However, because space is limited and the only access to the museum is through the Woolpit Institute, we have decided that we will not resume our normal opening times until 2021.

If however anyone is especially keen to visit this year, we are willing to open by appointment only, so if you would like to do this please email museum@woolpit.org for more details.


Tea Cups Tea Rooms

We are OPEN! With only three tables so that social distancing measures can be followed we recommend that you contact us to make a reservation.

We are open from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

As well as tables inside, we continue to offer a takeaway service, including for pre-ordered Afternoon Tea. Orders for batches of scones, whole cakes and simple celebration cakes continue to be welcome.

To make an enquiry, or to book a table, please contact us: 07503 889506

Woolpit Village


One question that is always asked by our visitors is "how did Woolpit get its name; was it from wool, wolves, etc.?" Our village sign should give some clue; early spellings vary - Wlfpeta is just one example - but many think that the name means 'a pit for trapping wolves'. However, the most probable explanation will be found in the local Museum, housed in the Institute in the village centre.


In 1016 Ulfketel, Earl of East Anglia, granted the church and manor of St Mary's Church Woolpit VillageWlfpeta to the Abbey of St Edmunds. The monks received ten marks yearly from this grant, but the King appropriated the revenues for the benefit of one of his officials. A monk named Sampson determined to put matters right and in 1159 travelled to Rome to obtain a charter from Pope Alexander III. Despite being captured and robbed by his enemies in the course of his journey, Sampson managed to preserve the Popes precious letter directing the reversion of Woolpit and its church to the monks, and returned to England after three years. The monks were once again able to enjoy the income, and Sampson was later appointed Abbot.


Woolpit Green ChildrenOne prominent feature of the village sign is two small children. They depict a story that goes back to the 12th century and tells the legend of 'The Green Children of Woolpit'. This curious tale is recorded as taking place at about the same time as Sampson's journey to Rome. Very briefly, reapers were astonished at the discovery of a boy and a girl in a hole in the ground. The children were green, and spoke no recognisable language. The boy, who was sickly, soon died, but the girl grew up in Woolpit, and is said to have married a man from King's Lynn. This story has been re-enacted on many occasions and has appeared on childrens' television.


According to records which date back to the fifteenth century, two important fairs were held in Woolpit. The Horse Fair was held on two closes, or fields, on September 16. The Cow Fair, on September 19, was also held on its own field; here toys were sold as well as cattle.


The village centre is a conservation area and the brick-faced houses are mostly all timber faced.

Woolpit Village House