6 facts about Cratfield, Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 09:29 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:29 26 April 2016

Cratfield Church stood out against the stormy sky

Cratfield Church stood out against the stormy sky

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With its pretty medieval country church and small community, this quiet village in north Suffolk is a hidden gem

Cratfield has a new carved wooden village sign.
Carvers L-R Sheila Amos, Phil Amos, David Higgs, Tedd Jeffery, Sheila Humphrey and Ken Willoughby
Cratfield has a new carved wooden village sign. Carvers L-R Sheila Amos, Phil Amos, David Higgs, Tedd Jeffery, Sheila Humphrey and Ken Willoughby

1. Cratfield – Craeta, open land – is a small village in north Suffolk about six miles from Halesworth.

2. According to the latest census it has a population of 292.

3. Interestingly, the village currently has 26 listed buildings, 25 of them Grade II listed, while St Mary’s church is Grade 1 listed.

4. Cratfield also has four greens, which are depicted in the village sign – Bell Green, Silverleys Green, North Green and Swan Green.

5. The first village sign, erected in 1977 to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, was designed by sculptor Ivor Roberts-Jones, who cast the statue of Winston Churchill which stands in Parliament Square. At the time, he lived in Cratfield and created the mould in his barn.

6. The new sign, erected in 2013, is based on the original one and was carved by members of the Essex branch of the British Woodcarving Association. They visit Cratfield twice a year to spend a week carving, drawing their inspiration from the Suffolk countryside.

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