Creeting St Mary



The Creetings are a pair of small villages standing in rolling land of mixed cultivation. There were once four churches; St Mary's, St Olave's, St Peter's and All Saints'. The first two were originally small but discrete alien Benedictine priories, but St Olave's (originally a cell of Grestein) had gone by the 17th century. All Saints' parish church was alongside St Mary's, but was blown down by a storm in 1801. Its parishioners subsequently used some of the old fabric to add a north transept to St Mary's in 1802. St Mary's is a flint church with a 12th century doorway in a 15th century porch.

Sand & gravel quarrying at Creeting Hills has unearthed a Neolithic or early Bronze Age settlement, as well as a Bronze Age or Iron Age cremation cemetery and a Roman rubbish tip.

The Creetings were recorded in Domesday as "Cratingis" or "Cratingas".


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The 1841 Census also lists:

William Watkins (Publican, Creeting All Saints, pub not named, Head/30/born Suffolk).

Jonathan Hobart (Publican, Creeting All Saints, pub not named, Head/35/born Suffolk).

The 1911 Census lists Mary Ann Whiting (Hotel Manageress, Norwich Road, hotel not named, Daughter/Married/39/born Creeting St Mary) with John Whiting (Retired Farm Labourer, Head/Married/74/born Creeting All Saints) [Might not be a pub/hotel].


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