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Fressingfield, Suffolk

Historical Description

Fressingfield, a large village and a parish in Suffolk, 4 miles S by E of Harleston station on the G.E.R., and about 10 W by N of Halesworth, with a post, money order, and telegraph office under Harleston. Acreage of the civil parish,, 4618; population, 1086; of the ecclesiastical, 1250. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of Withersdale, in the diocese of Norwich; joint yearly value, —£466 with residence. Patron, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The church is a fine building of flint and stone, chiefly in the Decorated style, has a tower and a porch, and contains a brass of 1489, and a tomb of Archbishop Sancroft. The oak benches in the church are regarded as specimens of the best Late Mediaeval wood-carving, especially one with the emblems of the Passion. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels. Archbishop Sancroft was a native and also died here. Samuel Vince, professor of astronomy at Cambridge from 1796 to 1822, was born here. Caterpole Green, Chepenhall Green, Hussey Green, andUfford Green are adjacent hamlets.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySuffolk 
Ecclesiastical parishFressingfield St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionHoxne 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Marriages at Fressingfield, 1554 to 1837 are available online as part of the Suffolk Parish and Probate Records.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Fressingfield from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.


Online maps of Fressingfield are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP21