Oct
22

The Thankful Village of Culpho in Suffolk, UK

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Culpho is a tiny village just 4 miles from Ipswich in Suffolk. It’s existence can be traced back to the Doomsday Book in 1086 when it was recorded as Culfole.Today, the population of Culpho is less than 100.When driving through, if you blinked you would miss it. Despite living a few miles away, it wasn’t a place I had heard of until I cycled through there one day. I stopped at the church as it caught my eye. The parish church of St Botolph dates back to the 13th century and has a slightly more unusual look to many of the other churches in the area.

A few days after I first came across the Parish Church of St Botolphs, I was reading up on Culpho and I discovered a term I hadn’t previously heard of. Culpho is one of a small number of villages in England and Wales known as “Thankful Villages”.  The term dates back to the 1930s when Arthur Mee used it in a series of guides he wrote. A “Thankful Village” was a place where none of it’s men were lost during World War I. Just 32 locations were initially identified but more recently, this has been increased to 52 across England and Wales. There are none in Scotland or Ireland. By comparison, there is just one such village in France – Theirville in Normandy.

 

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Categories : Britain, Culpho, Ipswich, Suffolk

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