Earl Soham is a beautiful and traditional village lying in the heart of Suffolk’s gently undulating countryside. This ancient settlement is sited around a Roman road and derives its name from Soham, meaning hamlet or homestead by water and Earl which is a reference to the Bigod family, earls of Norfolk to whom the village once belonged. There are many interesting period houses and cottages in the village reflecting its long history and, in order to maintain the traditional look, much of the village has been designated a Conservation Area.
21st Century Earl Soham
Modern day Earl Soham bestrides the busy A1120 which runs North and East from Stowmarket to Yoxford and is a friendly and thriving community with a population of just under 500.
For a relatively small village, Earl Soham enjoys some very fine facilities, shops and clubs, including a well utilised village hall, a beautiful 12th century Church, a popular primary school, very active tennis and bowls clubs, a newly formed allotment society, a brewery, a pub, a bed and breakfast, an excellent butcher and general store and a delicatessen and coffee shop.
Earl Soham also has a very active business centre with a thriving commercial community.