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Great Cornard
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'Five Bells' inn, Great Cornard
Great Cornard is located in Suffolk
Great Cornard
Great Cornard
Population 8,908 (2011)
OS grid reference TL887398
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SUDBURY
Postcode district CO10
Dialling code 01787
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
  • South Suffolk
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Great Cornard is a large village located just outside Sudbury, in Suffolk, England.


The area now called Great Cornard has been occupied since pre-history, with evidence of Palaeolithic, Bronze Age and Roman settlements in the parish. The village is accounted for in the Domesday Book as the manor Cornard.

The village was consistently a small one until the 20th century. Following the turn of the century the population steadily increased and a council estate was built in the 1960s. In the 1950s and 60s the village was greatly expanded following the County of London Plan, with the village taking in London overspill. By the beginning of the 21st century the population of Great Cornard was approaching that of the town of Sudbury.

Sport & Leisure

Great Cornard has a Non-League football club Cornard United who play at Blackhouse Lane. The village is also the homes of the hockey and rugby union teams for neighbouring Sudbury, also the home of the Sudbury Motor Cycle Club track at Tye Farm.

On the outskirts of the village lies Cornard Country Park, a nature reserve containing wild flower meadows and woodland.


Secondary education is provided by Thomas Gainsborough School, which also houses the village's sports centre, library and theatre. Primary schools include Wells Hall Primary School and Pot Kiln Primary School.

Notable residents

Former Arsenal footballer, Perry Groves grew up in Great Cornard, playing for youth team Cornard Dynamos as a boy.

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