Also historically listed as "Lydgate", this small and well spread settlement was recorded in Domesday as "Ligata" or "Litgata". Earthworks relating to a motte and bailey castle (probably built in about 1143) can be found just to the north of the village. John Lygate, the famous medieval poet, was born here in 1375.

A Q Type bombing decoy was built in the west of the parish in 1942 (at TL 712 584) to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Stradishall. See Pastscape for more details.


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The 1844 White's Directory lists Simon Park (also listed as a farmer) as a beer house keeper.

The 1855 White's Directory also lists Wm. Bell (also listed as a shopkeeper) as a beer house keeper.

The 1861 census lists The Bell, Cowlinge Road, but it is not shown as a pub and its resident, George Peacock (Head/Married/49/born Lidgate) is recorded as an agricultural labourer. Also Robert Grinley is listed as a wheelwright & beer seller in Village Street. (Head/Married/40/born Flempton)

In 1865 Roger G Deacon and Frederick Smith are also listed as a beer retailers.…


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