Anglo-Saxon village

Village overview

One of England's great archaeological sites, West Stow has extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside.

Visitors to West Stow can explore history and nature, watch a film, dress up as an Anglo-Saxon or say hello to the rare breed pigs and chickens. Due to the presence of livestock, assistance dogs only are permitted in the Anglo-Saxon Village.

History

West Stow is the site of an early Anglo-Saxon village, occupied from AD 420-650, over 400 years before the Norman Conquest.

In 1976 the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village Trust was formally established to manage the site, at that stage there were three reconstructed houses within the village. The trust was registered as a charity by the Charity Commissioners in 1977 (Charity no. 272897). West Suffolk's Heritage Team currently manages the day-to-day running of the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village on behalf of the trust.

The reconstructed village now consists of eight buildings:

  • craft building
  • farmers house
  • hall building
  • living house
  • oldest house
  • sunken house
  • weaving house
  • workshop

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