The pretty village of Sibton sits in the triangle created by three small market towns; Framlingham, Halesworth and Saxmundham are all a short drive away. Dunwich is the nearest coastal point, just nine miles, whilst Southwold and Aldeburgh are both a twenty five minute drive.
Sibton is an unusual layout with no real centre of settlement; in the shape of a horseshoe it spreads itself narrowly around the village of Peasenhall. Both villages form a close integrated community with a history going back over 2000 years. The first accurate census of the sizes of the villages was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1068. In Roman times, Peasenhall lay on the intersection of two main roads with a settlement on each side of the river which then ran through the village. Many of the properties today were built during Tudor times with many fine timber frame buildings to be seen including the White Horse.
On entering Sibton the village sign clearly shows two monks, a reminder of the Cistercian Abbey that was built in the village by William de Chesney in 1150. Today the remains of the abbey are on private land but can clearly be seen from the road side. Peasenhall’s history lies with James Josiah Smyth who invented the ingenious Suffolk Seed Drill which is also featured on the village sign. The Seed Drill revolutionised the agricultural industry and what started as a small family operation in Peasenhall expanded with production in both London and Paris.
The Sibton White Horse is the only pub and serves as the ‘local’ for both villages, despite Peasenhall once having had three pubs of its own. Peasenhall is a fifteen minute stroll for guests staying at the White Horse, where a small number of shops can be found, including Weaver’s tea room, a general post office store and the renowned Emmet’s food store, a ‘Rick Stein Hero’ where hams and bacon are cured and smoked on site. The 12th century was the golden age of church building, St Peter’s was built in Sibton and a little later St Michael’s at Peasenhall, both churches contain much interest and are well worth a visit.
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