Earl Soham

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Earl Soham
Location within Suffolk
Population455 (2011) [1]
OS grid reference TM2363
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Woodbridge
Postcode district IP13
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
UK Parliament
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52°13′N1°16′E / 52.22°N 01.26°E / 52.22; 01.26 Coordinates: 52°13′N1°16′E / 52.22°N 01.26°E / 52.22; 01.26

Earl Soham is a small settlement in Suffolk, England. It is on the A1120 road and is 4 kilometres (2 mi) west of the town of Framlingham.


Earl Soham once belonged to the Earls of Norfolk, the Bigod family (sometimes spelt "Bigot" in old texts), who also owned nearby Framlingham Castle. Edward I granted Roger Bigod permission to hold a market and a lamb and stock fair in the village. The parish was in the hundred of Loes well before 1086. [2] The church dates from about 1320 (chancel) with the nave dated to about 1470 (Kelly's Suffolk Directory 1900) and a perpendicular west tower c. 1475. [3] The Baptist Chapel was built around 1863. The school was first built in 1850. Earl Soham Lodge was originally a hunting lodge, built in the 13th century but rebuilt in 1789. For many years it was the seat of the Cornwallis family. The population of the village peaked in the 19th century with over 750 inhabitants.

Sir Auckland Colvin, colonial administrator in India and Egypt, is buried in the village churchyard.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches south to Charsfield with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 2,144. [4]

Notable residents

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  2. Open Domesday Online: Earl Soham
  3. N.Pevsner, Suffolk, Buildings of England, 1974
  4. "Ward population 2011" . Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  5. Lane, Harriet (26 July 2017). "A Fictional Patricia Highsmith as Strange as the Real One (Published 2017)". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 24 January 2021.

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