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Culford School
Culford is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Area3.48 sq mi (9.0 km2)
Population578 (2011) [1]
• Density166/sq mi (64/km2)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP28
Dialling code01284
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°17′49″N 0°41′35″E / 52.297°N 0.693°E / 52.297; 0.693Coordinates: 52°17′49″N 0°41′35″E / 52.297°N 0.693°E / 52.297; 0.693

Culford is a small village about 4 miles (6 km) north of Bury St Edmunds and 62 miles (100 km) North East of London in the West Suffolk district of Suffolk, England.

The village's name is derived from Cula's Ford;[2] the Domesday Book records the population of Culford in 1086 to be 32 households.[3] According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 622, decreasing to 578 at the 2011 Census.[1]

The main village developed along a straight road called "The Street" and there are also some smaller residential areas in Culford, like Benyon gardens, a complex of small lanes. Most of the houses in central Culford are pre-war while those at the edges of the village are post-war and later; the village also encompasses the hamlets of Culford Heath and Chimney Mills.[4]

Signpost in Culford

Culford is home to Culford School, a public school and a member of the Methodist Schools Foundation; the school occupies a former stately home in Culford Park, rebuilt in 1796 for the Cornwallis family.

Culford's Public House, The White Hart, (now known as Benyon Lodge) was closed in December 1840 by Richard Benyon, owner of the Culford Estate between 1824 and 1883, because he regarded it as "a scene of moral debauchery".[5]

The first mention of a postal service in Culford is in July 1852, when a type of postmark known as an undated circle was issued; the post office closed in January 1990 and has since been turned into Culford Day nursery.

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Culford from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 244 239 291 327 352 348 299 364
Number of Houses - - - 55 70 67 73 78
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[6]
Population growth in Culford from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001
Population 313 325 284 286 286 286 637
Number of Houses 78 - 78 76 89 96 -
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[6]


Culford lies in the West Suffolk District of the shire county of Suffolk; the four tiers of government & their respective representatives are:[7]

Culford, West Stow and Wordwell Parish Councill has 7 elected members, 4 for Culford, 2 for West Stow  and 1 for Wordwell.[11]

In terms of community planning the parish does not currently have a Parish Plan or Village Design Statement.

Notable Residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Culford - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  2. ^ Rye, James. (1997). A popular guide to Suffolk place-names. Dereham: Lark's Press. ISBN 0948400552. OCLC 40839119.
  3. ^ "Culford | Domesday Book". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  4. ^ "St Edmundsbury Local History - Water Mills along the River Lark". Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  5. ^ Isabel Jones (Spring 2007). "Landowners and their motives for change at the Suffolk village of Culford between 1793 and 1903". The Historian (93): 34–37.
  6. ^ a b "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  7. ^ "Representatives of Culford". Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  8. ^ "The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP - Secretary of State for Health and Social Care".
  9. ^ "Councillor details – Suffolk County Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger - Cabinet Member for Adult Care".
  10. ^ "Councillor details - Councillor Susan Glossop - Portfolio Holder for Growth". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  11. ^ "Parish Council". Retrieved 2019-06-08.


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