Great Waldingfield


Good News!

Babergh District Council has now confirmed the expanded Conservation Area boundary as detailed below, modified only slightly from their earlier proposal in order to exclude the property to the North West of the B1115 opposite the turning to The Street.

Proposed expansion (April 2019):-

 Local authorities are required by law to 'preserve and enhance' the appearance of Conservation Areas in the course of their planning duties, and also to review their boundaries periodically and bring forward proposals for preserving and enhancing them. 

One of the main reasons for having an up-to-date Appraisal is to use it as a reference tool for planning officers who may be making development decisions concerning areas that they are not familiar with. Indeed, they may not even have visited the area, so it's important that they are able to gain as much information as possible from the document.

The original GW Conservation Area was centred on the Grade-1 listed church with an extension East to Upsher Green as can be seen in the map below.


On the 22nd of October 1935, The Times published a photo taken from the B1115 of the view across the fields towards the church. Alongside that photo (below) is a photo taken over 80 years later, and showing how little the view has changed in that time.




As well as the Conservation Area there may well be other Heritage Assets around the village which may be of relevance and interest to planners.

Here are some photos of parts of the Conservation Area and possible Heritage Assets from around the village.

  • Church

    Grade 1 Listed Church of St. Lawrence

  • Old School

    Old School Building

  • The Street

    The Street looking towards St. Lawrence Church

  • Walnut Tree Cottage

    Walnut Tree Cottage

  • Church Gate

    Church Gate (once known as High Trees), dated 1670 but possibly earlier

  • Lawrence Cottage

    Lawrence Cottage

  • The Street towards Hole Farm

    The Street towards Hole Farm

  • Crinkle Crankle Wall

    Crinkle Crankle Wall at Babergh Place Farm

  • Crinkle Crankle Wall

    Crinkle Crankle Wall at Babergh Place Farm

  • Babergh Place Farmhouse

    Babergh Place Farmhouse

  • View of Church from B1115

    View of St. Lawrence Church from the B1115 (similar to that in The Times on 22-Oct-1935)

  • Trees at B1115/The Street

    Magnificent trees at the junction of the B1115 and The Street

  • View past the church

    The Street looking past the church towards Upsher Green

  • Waldingfield Lodge

    Waldingfield Lodge

  • Magnificent Oak

    250-year-old Oak Tree on Rectory Road

  • Walnut Tree Cottage from Rectory Road

    Looking towards Walnut Tree Cottage from Rectory Road

  • Wall at Upsher Green

    Wall detail at Upsher Green

  • Willow Cottage at Upsher Green

    Willow Cottage at Upsher Green

  • Gable Cottage at Upsher Green

    Gable Cottage at Upsher Green

  • The church from Upsher Green

    View of the church across the fields from Upsher Green

  • Powers Farm

    Powers Farm at Upsher Green

  • Powers Farm Chimney

    Magnificent chimney at Powers Farm

  • Village School

    Innovatively-designed village school, designed by John Blackie

  • WW2 Airfield Gate

    Airfield Gate from World War 2

  • The Old Rectory

    The Old Rectory

  • Milestone

    Milestone on the B1115

If you have any other suggestions and/or photos of likely Heritage Assets (preferably outside the Conservation Area) please send more information to  

After the Second World War the government recognised that there was little to protect historic buildings, and started to take a rather piecemeal approach to do so. However there was widespread public concern about the pace of redevelopment in historic towns and cities, and unregulated development in villages, so in 1967 the Civic Amenities Act was introduced, and with it the concept of Conservation Areas was born.

Here are some links to resources which you may find useful:-

Conservation Areas (Historic England)

Living in a Conservation Area (Historic England)

Wikipedia Article