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 The name of our village derives from Deores Ham - home of the deer. This name is borne out by early reference to local roadways as chaseways, there still being hunting in the area as late as the 18C.

Conveniently situated half-way between Ipswich and Lowestoft, astride the A.12 road, Darsham is a mixed community with six farms. In recent times, the village has lost its school, shop and post office. The garage, now primarily a petrol station, has a café and a well stocked shop, and a vehicle tyre service; there is also a farm shop, a hand made tile manufactory, a public house, a pottery, a builder, seed and feed merchants, an irrigation concern, and a café. A private nursing home and a cycle hire and sales business provide a service for those who require it.

Public transport is provided by rail, with Darsham Railway Station being on the Ipswich to Lowestoft line, and a bus service to Saxmundham & Leiston, with another on the Southwold- Halesworth-Aldeburgh route.

Local children attend primary school at Yoxford; the middle school at Saxmundham; and the high school at Leiston, There are health centres at Saxmundham and Halesworth, and another at Leiston, whose Doctors hold a local surgery at Yoxford three times a week. All provide good medical care for Darsham's population of about three hundred souls.


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