Welcome to LIDGATE, Suffolk

ur village of something over  200 inhabitants is situated on the B 1063, seven miles from the famous horse racing town of Newmarket and twelve miles from historic Bury St.Edmunds.

Like many other villages we have lost most of our amenities -doctor, school, garage, post office, shops, a direct bus link to Bury, but we make up for it by a thriving parish council, hall committee, church and pub The village still warrants its ancient title: 'Happy Lidgate'

The village name is Anglo-Saxon in origin  and means 'swing gate'. Either a gate for herding cattle or more probably a toll gate of some sort

We are a village of great historical interest and this site will mainly deal with this aspect.
The VILLAGE SIGN shows important features of the village:
The Church set on the hill in a
Bailey of the Norman Castle.

BAILEY POND that is the home for  a variety of bird life, including the occasional heron and well stocked with fish.

FIGURE OF A PRIEST in eucharistic vestments dating from 14th century, representing John de Lydgate based on brass in church.  The brass more likely commemorates a former rector , perhaps the first.  Walter Maunsel  1302

FIELDS AND MEADOWS of this largely agricultural area.

PLAQUE denoting Lidgate as winning the Best Kept Village  competition in the locality in 1966   and 1972 is also attached.
Site updated  November 2003