For hundreds of years, Worlingworth has been a growing agricultural community. The countrywide population explosion of the late 18th century, which coincided with the Industrial Revolution, was felt in Worlingworth - in 1801, the population was close to what it is today.
The community of 1801 possessed a wide range of facilities and services - blacksmiths, wheelwright, shoemakers, dressmakers, brewers and malsters, general tradesmen, a thriving general store, beerhouses and a coaching inn, a workhouse for relief of the poor, dame schools, a magnificent well-attended church, a stately hall and various manor houses and farms of noble and enduring distinction.
Much has disappeared over time but the pictorial records, both past and present, remind us that Worlingworth was no backwater in the expanse of the Suffolk Woodland, but an important parish within the district. Sir John Major and the Henniker family recognised the potential of the land and of the folk, even allowing for the difficulties posed by the strong clay lands in maintaining consistent agricultural prosperity.
This part of the website aims to illustrate, with pictures, some of the interesting and important places within the parish.