Freston is a small village and civil parish in Suffolk, England located on the Shotley peninsula. It is situated 4 miles south-east of Ipswich. In 2001 the civil parish had a population of 122,[1] reducing slightly to 120 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Freston is notable as the location of the last outbreak of bubonic plague in England. The centre of the outbreak was Latimer Cottages, where it is thought plague-bearing rats may have come ashore with smuggled goods.[3][4] However, the diagnosis of plague has been disputed.[5]

Amenities and places of interest

  • St. Peter's church
  • The Freston Boot public house (sadly closed since 2010)
  • Freston Wood
  • Freston Tower


For transport there is the B1456 road nearby.


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Freston parish". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Parish population 201 1". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Zwanenberg, D Van (Jan 1970). "The last epidemic of plague in England? Suffolk 1906-1918". Medical History. 14 (1): 63–74. doi:10.1017/s0025727300015143. PMC 1034015Freely accessible. PMID 4904731. 
  4. ^ Benedictow, Ole Jørgen (2004). The Black Death, 1346-1353: the complete history. Boydell & Brewer. p. 20. ISBN 0-85115-943-5. 
  5. ^ Shrewsbury, J. F. D. (2005). A History of Bubonic Plague in the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. pp. 509–510. ISBN 0-521-02247-9. 

External links

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