Gillingham is a small village located just off the A146 in the South Norfolk District, about 1 mile north of the market town of Beccles in Suffolk. It covers an area of 8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi) and had a population of 650 in 294 households at the time of the 2001 UK census, increasing to 676 at the 2011 UK census.
The full name of the parish is Gillingham All Saints and St Mary. The two ecclesiastical parishes of Gillingham All Saints and Gillingham St. Mary were joined in a union in 1748 and the church at Gillingham All Saints was taken down following the union. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72.)
The web site of Gillingham Parish Council (www.eastspace.net/gillingham) says 'The old church of St. Andrew's Wyndale stood in the corner of the field where two roads fork, one going to Hollow Way Hill and Aldeby and the other to Toft Monks and Haddiscoe. There is a pit there which is still known as Church Hole. The meadow is known as The Doles.' (from A Vision of Britain through Time)
Winston was another ancient parish that is now within the parish of Gillingham. A Vision of Britain through Time states that it was an ancient parish until 1440. Winston Manor can be seen on the map in A Vision of Britain through Time.