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Foxearth is a small village in North Essex, just south of the River Stour that forms the border with Suffolk and is 2.8km southwest of Long Melford and 4.7km northwest of Sudbury as the crow flies. The village sits on a geology of Chalk with superficial deposits of a chalky till with sands and gravels, clays and silts and is between 50m and 55m OD.

The name Foxearth literally means 'the fox's earth' or 'the fox hole' and was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Focsearde. The parish church dedicated to St Peter and St Paul is of uncertain date, but some aspects of the structure have been dated to the mid-14th century. 


Local Information Websites

Foxearth and District Local History Society

Foxearth and Liston Village Website

British History Online

Historic England

Heritage Gateway

Unlocking Essex's past



Projects by year




Foxearth Pottery Distribution Maps 2017-2018


Click here for the summary report of the Foxearth test pit excavations