Welcome to LIDGATE, Suffolk
WHERE TO FIND US

O
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.


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

The
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


The
FIELDS AND MEADOWS of this largely agricultural area.

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

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