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Coordinates: 52°13′26″N 0°53′13″E / 52.224°N 0.887°E / 52.224; 0.887

Woolpit - Church of St Mary.jpg
Church of St Mary
Woolpit is located in Suffolk

 Woolpit shown within Suffolk
OS grid reference TL973624
District Mid Suffolk
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament East of England
List of places: UK • England • Suffolk

Woolpit is a village in the English county of Suffolk.

Woolpit is located between the towns of Bury St. Edmunds and Stowmarket and is notable for the green children of Woolpit legend from the 12th century.

Administratively, Woolpit is a civil parish forming part of the district of Mid Suffolk.


The village's name, first recorded in the 10th century as Wlpit and then later as Wlfpeta, derives from the Old English wulf-pytt, meaning "pit for trapping wolves".[1]


  1. ^ Mills, A. D. (2003), "Woolpit" (subscription required), A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press,, retrieved 2009-04-25  

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