Welcome to the Cavenham Parish Website
Cavenham is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England, 6 miles northwest of Bury St Edmunds. The Parish extends from St Andrews Church at the South to Tuddenham Heath and Cavenham Heath Nature Reserves at the North and the Black ditches to the East.
External appearances can be deceptive, whilst Cavenham may appear a sleepy little village, it has a diverse, rich and interesting history, including a couple of beheadings, the legend of the headless horseman, elopement and protests!
Read more in the menu options ~ History of the Village < Historial Timeline
It is in the local government district of West Suffolk, and the electoral ward of Manor. At the 2001 UK census, Cavenham Parish had a population of 136. In the 1870s it had a population of 229.
The parish includes Cavenham Heath Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with a sand and gravel quarry close to it and is the location of the Black Ditches, an Anglo-Saxon boundary ditch which is believed to be the most easterly of a series of early Anglo-Saxon defensive earthworks built across the Icknield Way. Part of this also forms an SSSI to the south-east of the village.
St Andrews church is at the South end of the village. while the parish boundary extends somewhat further south from the preserved original Roman bridge over a tributary to the River Lark, to the pumping station at the foot of Risby Hill.
Cavenham Village Green was created as a community project in 2006. The area holds a number of facilities including a play park, BBQ and seating area, sports equipment and pathways.
The village also hosts the Cavenham and Lackford Club House which features a licensed bar and other facilities.