Where is Westhorpe?

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Westhorpe is a tiny village in Suffolk and one could be forgiven for asking that question. However, I found out some interesting facts about it. Read on to find out more

Where is Westhorpe?

Whilst visiting Suffolk, I discovered the tiny village of Westhorpe , which nestles in the heart of the countryside. Not ,many people seem to know of its existence. I have a friend who lives at Woolpit, some 6 miles away , has lived there since the 1980s, and she had never heard of it. It comprises of a road running through it, which has houses and bungalows, and a small village hall in the centre of it.

There is a farm and a couple of smallholdings, down one end of the lane is a retirement home, and at the other end is the local church, which looks resplendent as you drive through the village, totally dominating this area..There is not a village shop, so you have to travel a couple of miles to Bacton if you run out of something.

Westhorpe is situated 13 miles from Bury St Edmunds, which is a much larger town and has a good shopping centre. Stowmarket is about 6 miles, a slightly smaller town, but with a good selection of super markets. The Norfolk border is close, with the town of Diss some 6 miles away also.

About the Church

St Margaret's Church lies on the east side of Westhorpe going towards the village of Walsham Le Willows. It is no longer used, but if you wish to see the inside of it, a local lady holds the key. It was built in 1419, and boasts of having one of the earliest pulpits in Suffolk.

There is an air of serenity as you pass through the grounds of it, a footpath leads to the fields behind, where there is magnificent views of the local countryside. It is a popular walk for dog owners, , at the end of the field is a little wooden bridge, which takes you out onto a lane, which enables you to do a circular walk to the point where you first started.

But Westhorpe does have a claim to fame

King Henry 8th's sister Mary Tudor worshipped at this church. She was also the grandmother of Lady Jane Grey. Henry had married her to the King of France, sadly not for love but to seal a shaky, and what turned out to be fruitless, pact with France by so doing. He married his other sister off to the King of Scotland.

Mary's second husband was Charles Brandon and they lived in the Westhorpe Hall which is now the retirement home. Mary died in 1533. She is buried at Bury St Edmunds,and the locals are very proud of this little bit of heritage and history that. marks their village apart from others.

Although small, Westthorpe is an idylic place to spend a quiet holiday. There are many walks to be enjoyed, and you rarely meet another person., The villagers are friendly and welcoming, and always ready to help you if you need it. It may be fairly unknown, but once you discover it, you will want to return again, just like we have.
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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Grumpybear
15th Jul 2013 (#)

Sounds like a wonderful place to live. :)

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author avatar Carol
16th Jul 2013 (#)

Yes if you like the quiet life.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Jul 2013 (#)

another super piece about a supe r place...thank you Carol xox

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author avatar Carol
16th Jul 2013 (#)

Bless you Carolina, glad you like it.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
16th Jul 2013 (#)

Carol dear . this is my County , beautiful and peaceful . Relatively unspoilt at present . You are enjoying God's good and pleasant land , and thank you for sharing it with us here .
God bless you .
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol
16th Jul 2013 (#)

Oh you live there Stella, it's lovely!

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author avatar LOVERME
17th Jul 2013 (#)

you should have been an explorer
and
shown the whole wide world
to blind folks
like us
sitting at the desk tapping keys only
whereas we should go about
the corners of eternity ….
seeking our final destination in peace ….
but all human beings are mostly lazy ….
like mostly me.

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author avatar LOVERME
17th Jul 2013 (#)

you should have been an explorer
and
shown the whole wide world
to blind folks
like us
sitting at the desk tapping keys only
whereas we should go about
the corners of eternity ….
seeking our final destination in peace ….
but all human beings are mostly lazy ….
like mostly me.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
17th Jul 2013 (#)

Lovely Carol!...many thanks...:0)...

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author avatar Carol
18th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Loverme, I will be exploring mnay more place before I am done.

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author avatar Carol
18th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Jul 2013 (#)

Carol, nice overview of the village and lovely photos. I would love to visit some day.

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author avatar Carol
18th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading Connie

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author avatar Trillionaire
19th Jul 2013 (#)

Very nice.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Jul 2013 (#)

You make places come alive. Thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Great post Carol with lovely pictures too and interesting snippets from history. I think this is as near as I can get to this lovely place! siva

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author avatar Carol
21st Jul 2013 (#)

Bless you Siva thanks for reading

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