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History & Heritage of Wickham Market

Wickham Market was recorded in the Little Domesday Book in 1086 when it was called Wikham. It has been a town of some importance in the past with a town hall in which quarter sessions were held. King Henry VI in 1440 first granted permission for a weekly market and two fairs to be held in Wickham, but these lapsed several centuries ago.


In the recent past Wickham Market has had its own miniature industrial revolution with its own iron and engineering works producing steam engines, water wheels, windmills and machinery especially for corn and flour mills.

For more information please contact the following:

Wickham Market & District Local History Society

Wickham Market Area Archive Centre maintains records relating to families, properties and events in the area of Wickham Market, in the county of Suffolk, England.

These archives may be viewed by visiting the Archive Centre on Tuesday afternoons between 2:00pm and 4:00pm and Thursday mornings between 10:30am and 12:30pm (no appointment is needed). For further information please visit our

For an appointment to visit at any other time please call the number below or send us an email.

Telephone: 01728 746241  

Email: (Please include WMAAC in the subject line).


You are welcome to visit the Centre to do some research, or just to see the set-up of the scheme. 

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