Holton is a village and civil parish in the East Suffolk district, in the county of Suffolk, England, near the town of Halesworth, with a population of around 1,100, measured at 832 in the 2011 Census.[1] Holton is split into two parts — Upper Holton and Holton.

Holton St Peter
Holton is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population832 (2011 census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHalesworth
Postcode districtIP19
Dialling code01986
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°20′35″N 1°31′26″E / 52.343°N 1.524°E / 52.343; 1.524Coordinates: 52°20′35″N 1°31′26″E / 52.343°N 1.524°E / 52.343; 1.524


Although it is often referred to as Holton St Peter, such as in the name of its primary school, the 'St Peter' suffix was adopted by some village institutions to prevent confusion with Holton St Mary, another village in Suffolk. However, a proposed name change was rejected at the time by the Parish Council and the village officially remains as 'Holton' to this day. Holton is an Anglo-Saxon place name meaning 'village in a hollow' and the site was likely inhabited from Neolithic times. A few Roman artefacts have been found locally and it is possible that the Blyth river was forded here (at Mells) as it lay on the ancient trackway from Dunwich to Beccles.

Holton Hall was demolished in 1957, to become a caravan park, but the house had many famous connections to the anti-slavery movement and Barclays Bank.[2]


The church of Holton St Peter[3] is one of 38 existing round-tower churches in Suffolk built by the Normans in the 11th century.[4]

Holton has a primary school, two shops — Market Fields Farm Shop and Holton Orchards Farm Shop; the Lord Nelson pub initially closed in 2008 but has been extended and refurbished, and re-opened in 2013 as a restaurant and pub. It closed again in July 2015. Apart from Bernard Matthews Farms, there is a small industrial site at the airfield with small workshops and a feed store. The community produces a bi-monthly magazine, 'The Holton Post'.

Holton also boasts a post mill, parts of which date back to the 18th century. The mill had been left in a state of disrepair in the 1960s but was rescued and has been restored on numerous occasions since, and its sails started working again in 1996. The mill is now under private ownership but is sometimes opened to the public.

Avian flu outbreakEdit

An outbreak of avian influenza of the H5N1 strain was confirmed on 3 February 2007, at a farm near Holton owned by Bernard Matthews.[5]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ Holton Hall Park Archived 5 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Holton St Peter - Official Website
  4. ^ Holton St Peter, Round Tower Churches
  5. ^ BBC News (3 February 2007). "Bird flu virus is Asian strain". Retrieved 3 February 2007.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Holton at Wikimedia Commons