A group of four villagers, dedicated to protecting the important heritage in our village, received a Suffolk Heritage Champion Award from the Suffolk Preservation Society earlier this month. This was in the ‘Individual Contribution to Heritage’ category for their work to protect our crinkle-crankle wall by successfully getting it included in the Statutory List of Buildings or Architectural and Historic Interest. This means that this important architectural feature will be protected for future generations.
The process was initiated after the wall and the adjacent Babergh Place Farmhouse were inexplicably removed from the draft Conservation Area Expansion in 2019. Sue Clements, our Parish Clerk, gave an excellent start to the process by ensuring that the initial application was clear and comprehensive using the detailed historical background provided by one of the group. The group then followed this up by lobbying Babergh District Council in order that they would support the listing of the wall. Suffolk Preservation Society recognised the importance of the wall and gave encouragement throughout.