Milton House, is one of the most historic buildings in the town and is owned and managed by the Town Council being the main interface between the Town Council and the residents of Stowmarket. It provides office accommodation for a variety of organisations, both those working in the public and private sectors, and it is a well-used and well-loved building.
The Stowmarket Registration Service is the principal tenant of the building providing birth, marriage and death registration services for the local community. The Registrars conduct many ceremonies with the John Milton Room providing a very desirable venue for ceremonies, following its refurbishment in 2013, and the grounds of Milton House provides a beautiful backdrop for photographs.
Mid Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau occupies the oldest part of the building, Oak Cottage, which dates backs to the 16th Century, under a lease agreement and financial support from the Town Council.
John Milton’s Tree
In the grounds of Milton House sits a large Mulberry tree which is said to be the descendant of a tree which was planted by the Poet, John Milton. Milton was a frequent visitor to the Vicarage in the early 18th century.
Tradition has it that the girth of the tree was, at one time, 10 feet and the Reverend AGH Hollingsworth, the incumbent at the time is reputed to have made 10 gallons of wine from its fruit.