Layham is a small village and a civil parish in southern Suffolk, England, situated between the town of Hadleigh and the neighbouring village of Raydon.

St Andrews church Layham Suffolk.jpg
St Andrew's Church
Layham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population589 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIpswich
Postcode districtIP7
UK Parliament
List of places
52°01′41″N 0°57′58″E / 52.028°N 0.966°E / 52.028; 0.966Coordinates: 52°01′41″N 0°57′58″E / 52.028°N 0.966°E / 52.028; 0.966

The civil parish contains the villages of Upper Layham and Lower Layham, separated by the River Brett. It is part of the Babergh district[2] and falls within the South Suffolk parliamentary constituency.

It has a church, St Andrews,[3] and a public house, The Queen's Head, which are both situated in Lower Layham. More information on these and other aspects of Layham appear on the Parish Council's web site.[4]


Layham is mentioned in the Little Domesday book.

"Æelfnoth held Layham from Harold TRE[5] as a manor with three carucates of land. Then as now 4 villans and 7 bordars. Then five slaves now six. Then as now 2 ploughs in demesne and two ploughs belonging to the men. Eleven acres of meadow, one horse, fifteen head of cattle, fifteen pigs, 100 sheep and nineteen goats. Then it was worth seventy shillings now 100 shillings. It is half a league long and a half broad four and a half pennies in geld. St Edmund had the soke."[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ Babergh District Council Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Guide to St Andrew Church
  4. ^ Layham Parish Council web site
  5. ^ TRE in Latin is Tempore Regis Edwardi. This means in the time of King Edward before the Battle of Hastings.
  6. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.1290

External linksEdit

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