Wantisden

Wantisden is by far the smallest in population of the three parishes and mostly consists of just one farm and an ancient woodland. Most of the parishioners work and live on the farm estate.

An off-shoot of the farming business is Wantisden Valley, which hosts Weddings, Balls, Parties and in the past has hosted the Power of the Past.

The only other business is a caravan site which is open most of the year and which has a shower block, electric points and many amenities.

Since the woodland, known as Staverton Forest, is an SSSI there is no Right to Access but there are designated footpaths which make very interesting walks. It is said that there is a round table in Orford Castle which was made from a cross section of a tree in this woodland. Also that King Henry VIII’s sister Mary Rose picnicked under one of the trees when visiting Butley Priory.

Although there is only a small population Wantisden has a church which has 3 services a year these are Rogation, Harvest and Christmas Carol these are all well supported by people from as far afield as Ipswich.

The Church is 11th/12th Century and has one of the finest Norman Arches in the country and a Saxon Font so is of great interest to Church architects.