Photo from Wetheringsett

1 ancient pub

Ancient pubs are defined as those which are believed to have closed before the middle of the 19th century.

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Wetheringsett is part of Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford parish.

Population (2011) of Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford parish: 669.

Local licensing authority for Wetheringsett is Mid Suffolk.

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About Wetheringsett

The village was recorded in Domesday as "Weringheseta" or "Wederingaseta".

This dispersed settlement -- also called Wetheringsett cum Brockford -- is located just off the A140 and close to the massive TV transmission mast which is well lit at night and can be seen up to 20 miles away in some locations.

There was a major scandal in the 19th century when the local vicar was found never to have been ordained. He was jailed and Parliament had to pass legislation legitimising the marriages of couples at whose weddings he had officiated.

Both the Mendlesham transmission mast and the former Mendlesham airbase are actually in Wetheringsett, not Mendlesham. The base was reputedly called Mendlesham as this was thought to be easier for US airmen to pronounce.

We've so far been unable to find a map showing the boundary between Brockford and Wetheringsett, so our map only shows the parish boundary.

A post mill dating from 1882 stood near the former Cat & Mouse; it closed about 1936 and mostly demolished in 1957.

The 'Middy' i.e. the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway museum is located in Brockford, at one of the former stations. Originally running from Haughley to Laxfield (19 miles) the line opened to freight in 1905 and passengers in 1908 but was always in financial trouble, being bankrupt before it opened, and despite various initiatives subsequently closed in 1952. The museum is open throughout the summer months, especially at Easter and from May to Sept.


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