The attractive small village of Market Weston lies alongside the B1111 in the north part of West Suffolk.
Its historical roots go back to Domesday. A market charter was granted in 1263.
The Parish Church, on the edge of the village along Church Road, is dedicated to St Mary and is surrounded by a well-kept churchyard. Amongst the gravestones and adjacent to the path from the road to the church, there is the polished granite war memorial that commemorates those from the village who lost their lives to war.
The small village hall, in the centre of the village, was originally the primary school, and looks onto the Village Sign, in the traditional Suffolk and Norfolk village design, which was unveiled in 1990.
A village green which was opened in 2005, is just behind the village hall and covers an area of two-and-a-half acres. It contains the following;
A kick-about area, play mounds, and wood sculptures, along with a trim trail and picnic benches, are all within easy reach of the circular wheel-chair-friendly path. Bird, bat boxes, and wildflower areas complete the picture. Owners of dogs, who use the green, are requested to keep control of their dogs at all times and to dispose of any dog waste in the appropriate bins.
In June of 2022, the village gathered together on the green to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen's coronation. An oak tree was planted by long-time village resident, Gerry Smith, in her honour. In addition, a new bench was unveiled in memory of Mr Hatten and his contribution to the village and to the green in particular.
Market Weston Fen, owned by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, is situated on the edge of the village, and is renowned, both nationally and internationally, for its wildlife. Lying in a shallow valley carved by the tributary of the Little Ouse River, the fen has avoided the onslaught of 20th-century damage with the same chalk springs feeding it now as they did more than 1000 years ago.
One hundred and fifty different flowering plants have been recorded amongst its 91 acres along with two hundred species of moths, and twenty species of butterflies. The SWT has recorded over fifty different species of birds. Small wonder this fen has been described as being 'a classic example of just how rich a valley fen can be'.
The Mill Inn public house, situated on the B1111 and the entrance into the village, sells locally produced beverages and home-cooked food.
There are some lovely walks in and around Market Weston. If you click on this link it will take you to our circular walks leaflet which we share with our neighbouring village, Barningham.
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