The Parish of Kedington includes the 12th century hamlet of Calford Green and is situated between Clare and Haverhill in South West Suffolk. Kedington was known as Kidituna in the Domesday Book when there were 280 people living there at that time; the Parish now has approximately 2220 residents.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul in Kedington is one of the historical treasures of East Anglia, dating from the 13th century and also mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The Church is built on top of a Roman Villa, the remains of which can be viewed under small trap doors located in the pews towards the back of the nave. There is an Anglo-Saxon stone cross located above the altar on the east wall which was found near to the Church and is believed to be from a Church dating from Saxon times. Kedington comes in the top rank of small English Churches and is renowned for its unmodernised interior and Barnardiston tombs. John Betjeman understandably christened the Church at Kedington a “village Westminster Abbey”. The 17th century Archbishop of Canterbury, John Tilotson was Rector of Kedington prior to his elevation.
Many of the current residential properties date from the 16th century onwards. There are several eye-catching focal points, including a pretty arched bridge spanning the River Stour and a lovely 18th century Watermill which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and commemorated by a plaque on the wall of the present Watermill in the heart of the village. Kedington also has many Public Rights of Way and field tracks as well as a Nature Reserve.
Kedington has a good range of amenities including NISA Village Stores, a well-renowned Butchers Shop, Hairdressers, Chinese Takeaway and Public House. There is a Primary Academy, Early Birds Nursery, Doctors Surgery, Community Centre, Library and an established Royal British Legion Branch. The village has good recreation facilities including an outdoor gym, plus many other clubs and groups for all ages.
More comprehensive facilities can be found in Haverhill (around 3 miles). Newmarket is 12 miles north, with the University City of Cambridge approximately 20 miles. Mainline station to London is Audley End (approx. 16 miles) and Stansted Airport (30 miles). A bus service to Haverhill, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds is also available.