Located close to the confluence of the Orwell river and Belstead brook and recorded in Domesday as "Wervesta" or "Wervesteda".

The village is dominated by local electricity company offices and is some distance from the pub which is located close to the Ipswich borough boundary at Bourne bridge.

Iron age and Roman settlement remains have been found in the parish; in 1803, two thousand Roman coins were ploughed up near the vicarage. Camping matches (an ancient precursor to football) were played in a field close to the pub.

Today one notable local resident in recent years is Jimmy Doherty who has attracted a certain amount of TV fame for his business, Jimmy's Farm where he raises rare breed pigs and other animals are raised. A shop, farmers market and butchery are also located on the farm.


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The 1874 White's Directory lists Enos Page Baxter as a brewer & victualler of Ostrich


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