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Kersey ford
Grid reference: TM000441
Location: 52°3’34"N, 0°55’0"E
Population: 350
Post town: Ipswich
Postcode: IP7
Local Government
Council: Babergh

Kersey is a small village in Suffolk, though one which made a great impact on the local economy in the Middle Ages.

The village stands across a stream which is a tributary of the River Brett (which it joins half a mile downstream) and the main street of Kersey has a ford across the stream.

The fame of the village is that a coarse woollen cloth called kersey takes its name from this village; it is believed that this cloth originated here before being imitated across the kingdom.

The parish contains the village of Kersey itself and satellite hamlets, namely:

  • Kersey Tye
  • Kersey Upland
  • Wicker Street Green and
  • William's Green

The parish church is St Mary's. The village also contains a primary school.


Cottages in Kersey
River House, gateway built 1490

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