Our Village

Buxhall, first mentioned in a charter of 995, is situated in the centre of Suffolk, scattered over 2,560 fertile acres with seventeen and a half miles of roads and lanes. It is four miles south-west of the market town of Stowmarket, ten miles south-east of the cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds, fifteen miles from the county town of Ipswich and eighty miles from London.

The unspoilt rural village is a mix of old properties, many thatched, and contemporary houses inhabited by long standing residents and a variety of welcome newcomers. At the beginning of the twentieth century Buxhall was virtually self sufficient with an agricultural economy. It enjoyed the facilities of a lending library, post office, windmill, blacksmiths forge, shops, school, church, chapel, horse drawn fire engine and the Crown Public House.

The Crown and St Mary's Church are extant whilst other premises have been put to alternative use, mostly domestic. The school (1877 - mid forties) was converted to the Village Hall and the old fire engine which had proved a lifesaver in its heyday was sadly sold off as scrap metal for the knock down price of four pounds. What an exhibit that would have been for the popular Granay Craft Museum which gives a facinating insight into the village's past.

 

The windmill lost its sails following the great storm of 1929. They were not replaced but milling continued for many years with a hammer-mill driven by diesel. Buxhall Mill was in use until the eary seventies when the owners transferred the business to Stowmarket.

Farming is no longer the major activity and source of employment it was in the past but there are other commercial activities ranging from a brewery to a leading Christian music and book publishing company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villagers enjoy a vibrant community life with a variety of social activities throughout the year including a highly sucessful summer fete. This popular event in the attractive grounds of Copinger Hall (previously the rectory) raise funds in support of the early forteenth century St Mary's Church which boasts a fine choir and proficient bell ringers.

Buxhall, bounded on the West by an old Roman road, was once described as "very quaint and very pretty" residents still belive this to be so with striking views sinking and rising as they roll away to the horizon.

Thanks to our village historian for this text.