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Aldham St Mary church
Aldham is located in Suffolk
Population 175 (2011)
OS grid reference TM0445
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ipswich
Postcode district IP7
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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52°04′N 0°58′E / 52.06°N 00.97°E / 52.06; 00.97

Aldham is a village and civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk, England. Located around 8 miles (13 km) west of Ipswich, in 2005 it had a population of 200, reducing to 175 at the 2011 Census.

According to Eilert Ekwall the meaning of the village name is Ealda's meadow/enclosure or old meadow/enclosure. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, at which time it had a population of 16.

The church of Aldham St Mary is one of 38 existing round-tower churches in Suffolk. It appears in the second series of the BBC Four television series Detectorists.

In 1555 Aldham Common was the location for the martyrdom of Dr Rowland Taylor, the rector of Hadleigh, during the Marian Persecutions of Protestants. An unhewn stone, probably dating from the early 17th century, marks the place of Taylor's death, where the B1070 Lady Lane meets the A1071 Ipswich Road. Next to the unhewn stone, there is also a pyramidal stone monument erected in 1818, and restored by parishioners in 1882. It is a Grade II listed building.


According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Aldham had a population of 200, reducing to 175 at the 2011 Census.

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