Welcome to the Santon Downham Village website, where you will find information on the history of the unique village as well as local news and events.

If you're looking for information on the Village Hall, it has its own website.

We set up the website as a resource for people who live in or simply love the village. We started to build the site in February 2004, and it has gone through several iterations - the latest one in January 2008. You can access the old site here. Please be aware these pages are "as found" on the archive - some bits certainly don't work/display as they should.

The site contains information from the 22 villages local history millennium project, sponsored by Forest Heath District Council. This project led to a book and a website. The 22 Villages site has now gone but we have republished most of Santon Downham's content here.

Please note that many of the web pages drawn from the original 22 villages site are somewhat out of date as they were written several years ago - though most relate to village history, which of course still applies.


April's newsletter is now available ~ 23-Apr-2014 The latest issue of the newletter is now available
Downham Hall postcard sells on Ebay ~ 01-Apr-2014 We missed out on the sale of an old postcard of Downham Hall when bidding on Ebay went past £30. The card which had been spotted on ebay a few years...    More
Warmer than Rome ~ 10-Mar-2014 Santon Downham's famous for its weather records. While not the hottest place in the UK yesterday we were close and the warmest in the region. In any event...    More
Broadband Not-Spot scheme launched ~ 05-Mar-2014 In Santon Downham we have quite fast broadband (for a rural area) with speeds typically of 5/6Mbps. The Brandon Exchange is being evaluated  under the...    More
Tree safety event in Santon Downham ~ 27-Feb-2014 Over 100 health and safety professionals, tree specialists, landowners and grounds maintenance workers from across the UK gathered at the Santon Downham Centre...    More



Forthcoming Events

Apr 2014 May 2014
Sun 11Each Ride for Life 2014 [Village Green]

Blue Bin
on Thursday (note if today is a Thursday this is today's collection not next week's)

See What's On for a full list

We are happy to include events, pictures, articles and so on - contact us if you have anything you would like adding.

Recent Updates

23-04-2014 April's newsletter is now available
01-04-2014 Photographs
01-04-2014 Downham Hall postcard sells on Ebay
26-03-2014 In The Press
18-03-2014 19-Jul-2010

Note on copyright: Photos and articles on this site come from a variety of sources. If you wish to republish any of the material, please let us know and we will try to put you in touch with the copyright holder. The photos on the site are of too low a resolution for printing - we may also be able to arrange for you to be supplied with higher resolution copies for printing for your own use.