a small village in rural High Suffolk

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Welcome to Wilby's Website

Wilby is a small parish in the area traditionally known as 'High Suffolk'.  The name 'Wilby' is generally accepted to be of Old English origin, meaning 'Ring of Willows'. 


Wilby today is an attractive, small village, set in the North Suffolk countryside, with a population of just over 200.  We have a 13th century church, a well-regarded primary school and a village hall.  The nearby village of Stradbroke has shops (bakers, butchers, general grocery and dress hire) a senior school, doctor's surgery, library, swimming pool and gymnasium.

Wilby is a predominantly agricultural area and the houses are varied, ranging from 15th century cottages and farmhouses to modern 21st century dwellings.

There is a good community spirit, with a wide variety of events to attend.  Visitors comment on the friendly people, the peace and quiet and the wildlife.  On the other hand there is easy access to both Norwich and Ipswich, the Suffolk Heritage Coast and, via the main-line train at Diss, to London.



Would you like to be the Historical Recorder for: WILBY

The Suffolk Local History Council runs a Recorders Scheme throughout Suffolk.  We administer a network of volunteers to ensure that the ‘present’ is adequately recorded at local level for the ‘future’.


A Recorder will note significant happenings in their parish and collect their local parish magazines, leaflets, election pamphlets and newspaper cuttings.  At the end of each year, they are asked to submit a short report summarising the activities of their parish.  The reports are deposited at the Suffolk Record Office and available to future researchers together with the collected items.


If you are interested, please look at the Recorders Pack by visiting www.slhc.org.uk to acquaint yourself with the guidelines of the scheme.  You do not need to be a historian; you do not need any qualifications other than an interest in your parish.  In return you will receive a copy of the SLHC Newsletter and be invited to the annual conference specifically for Local Recorders.  To volunteer to help in this important work, please contact recorders@slhc.org.uk