Erwarton

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Introduction

Erwarton is a small village on the River Stour, where legend holds that the heart of Anne Boleyn (second wife of Henry VIII) is buried in the church. It was recorded in Domesday as "Eurewardestuna" and "Alwartuna". The parish name is Arwarton, which reflects an older name for the village; on John Speed's 1610 map it appears as "Arwerton".

The Parker Long House is a small building of almshouses erected in 1740 for Sir Phillip Parker Long as a gift to the poor of Erwarton.

A local jetty was once supposedly used to import horse manure from various local towns to fertilise the nearby fields and may have resulted in some local coin finds.

The current Erwarton Hall was rebuilt in 1575 and again partly rebuilt in 1858. The gatehouse (built between roughly 1549 and 1575), which appears on the village sign, is said to be one of the most imposing in the region (see the gallery). The gatehouse is Grade 1 Listed, while the hall itself is only Grade 2* Listed.

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Acknowledgements

Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.

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