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Bacton is in Suffolk.

Bacton is a Civil Parish and village in Suffolk, England about 8 km north of Stowmarket. Bacton Middle school is located just outside the village in Wyverstone Green to the west and Finningham and Cotton to the east. The village appears as 'Bachetuna' in the Domesday Book.

Facilities include a lively pub, the Bull; twelfth Century Church featuring a medieval wall painting; Christian Rest Home for the elderly; two schools, primary and middle; a village hall built at the end of the nineteenth century; an active bowls club; football club with a large number of teams, and a local Scout group. On Shop Green in the centre of the village is a general store and post office, and a garage for servicing, repairs and petrol (Lamberts Service Station). On the Northern outskirts is a car dealership (Jefferies) also selling country clothing and Steiff collectable teddybears and Finbow's Yard, home to an Ironmongers as well as a wide mix of businesses.

The village straddles the Great Eastern Main Line between London and Norwich and originally was serviced by Finningham railway station which was closed in the Beeching cuts of the sixties but rail access to London via Stowmarket in 80 minutes has encouraged an influx of commuters into what was previously a very localised community. The village is served by the 456 bus route which calls in once every other hour (Monday to Saturday) on its way between Stowmarket and Diss, six days a week. Larger modern housing exists alongside typical Suffolk cottage type property.

The parish of Bacton includes the village, the adjoining hamlet of Earl's Green and the outlying settlements of Bacton Green, Canham's Green, Cow Green and Ford's Green. Together with Tailor's Green and Shop Green within Bacton village, the parish has seven registered village greens. A steering committee has begun work on producing a Parish Plan.
There are a number of stores to the North of the village, consisting of a Londis shop, post office petrol station and garage. These stores make up "Bacton Stores", the supply for most of the surrounding villages. Outside the Londis shop there is a small pond which can freely be fished for goldfish, roach, koi and mirror carp. The koi average around five pounds, while there is allegedly a large mirror carp of twenty pounds in the pond.

The village hall is located just across the road from the church and is a regular meeting place for the village's Brownies. The primary school is another meeting point but for the Rainbows.

Bacton has 3 already built football pitches which are used for the number of teams to play on. One is down Saint Mary's Road, this is where the first and reserve teams play. The others are at the Scout Hut and the Middle School. These are used for the other age groups. There are new pitches being built on Station Road heading towards Old Newton. These pitches are expected to be completed in 2011.






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Status: Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region: East of England
Area: 3,801 sq. km
Admin HQ: Ipswitch
ISO 3166-2: GB-SFK
ONS code: 42
Population: 715,700 (2008 est.)
Council: Suffolk County Council

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