Kentford gets its name from the original river crossing of the ‘Ford overRiver Kennett. This was also the site of the Kentford ‘Pack Horse Bridge’, similar to the one at Moulton. The earliest known reference to the village was recorded during the 11th Century. Village expansion and growth has gathered momentum since the 12 houses recorded in 1674, and in 2010 there were 457 living in about 250 houses. Current developments and a boundary change will increase this further over the forthcoming years. In times past farming and the horse racing industry have provided much employment throughout the village. Records also mention a tannery and 2 public houses – The Cock and The Fox and Ball. Regal Lodge briefly became the Langtry Hotel, named after its former owner Lillie Langtry, mistress to the then Prince of Wales who was to become King Edward VII.
Now Grade II listed, the current Church of St Mary The Virgin was built circa 1320AD on the former site of the Monks Church & Chapel. Its features include wall paintings, stained glass windows, 18th Century box pews and Commonwealth War graves. Situated in the middle of the village, services are held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday every month at 6pm.
VILLAGE HALL & PLAYING FIELDS
The new, shared, Kentford & Kennett Village Hall, is due to be complete late 2017. Unique in that the shared facility straddles two counties, it’llbe available for private bookings. The facility will have a small kitchen, bar hatch, toilets, changing rooms, meeting room/office, good disabled access, good parking and the playing field itself. Bookings via Kennett website: www.kennettvillage.co.uk
The number 11 Bus runs between Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge every hour, Bus stop is just before The Kentford Pub. There are other buses that stop at The Bell, going through to Mildenhall, Moulton, Herringswell, Red Lodge, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.
The Railway Station is situated on Old Station Road, Kennett. Generally trains run hourly during peak times and 2 hourly at other times.
Waste bins are emptied weekly, on a Tuesday, alternating between general waste one week and recyclable the next. Garden waste is a chargeable service, with collection fortnightly.
Plenty of useful local information at http://maps.westsuffolk.gov.uk/MyWestSuffolk.aspx