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Rattlesden, Suffolk

Historical Description

Rattlesden, a large village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands on a branch of the river Gipping, 3½ miles S by W of Elmswell station on the Bury and Ipswich section of the G.E.R., and 4¾ W of Stowmarket, with a post and money order office under Bury St Edmunds; telegraph office, Woolpit, The parish contains also the hamlets of Poystreet Green, Potash, and High Town Green, and comprises 3299 acres, population, 980. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Clopton Hall is a fine mansion standing on an eminence amidst some beautiful woods and pleasure grounds about half a mile NE of the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £630 with residence. The church is a fine spacious building of flint in the Perpendicular and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave, N and S aisles, S porch, and an embattled western Early English tower with spire. It has a good stained E window and an ancient font. A new rectory was built in 1892. There is a Baptist chapel.

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 parishRattlesden St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionStow 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP30
Post TownBury St. Edmunds