Fressingfield, Suffolk Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Suffolk   Gotoarrow.png  Hoxne Hundred Gotoarrow.png  Suffolk Parishes Gotoarrow.png Fressingfield

Parish History

FRESSINGFIELD, a large and well-built village, on a pleasant acclivity, 3 1/2 miles N.N.E. of Stradbroke,4 1/2 miles S. of Harleston, and 9 miles W. of Halesworth, has in its parish 1456 souls, 4564 acres of fertile land, the hamlets of Chepenhall Green and Ufford Green, from 1 to 2 miles S.E of the village, and many scattered farm-houses, several of which are large ancient mansions, formerly the seats of the owners of the four manors, of which the following are the names and lords ; viz., Chepenhall, Sir R. S. Adair; Ufford Hall, Lord Henniker, Whittingham Hall, Henry Newton Heale, Esq. ; and Vales Hall, Rev. Augustus Cooper. J. H. Frere, Esq., Rev. J. Arnold, G. Rant, Esq., Mrs. Scrivener, W. S. Holmes, Esq., and several smaller owners.... ....The Church (St. Peter and St. Paul) is a large antique structure, with a tower and eight bells.....  .....Here is a neat Baptist Chapel, erected in 1835, and having seat-room for 700 hearers.....    William White, 1844 Gazetteer of Suffolk; pages 456 - 457

Suffuck Churches provides a photo of this church as well as additional information


If you live in Suffolk then you will have access to a variety of resources; however, for those who live further afield, one can access microfilm and online records at Family History Centers.   Refer to Fressingfield and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.

Civil Registration

Fressingfield is in Hoxne district. To search an index of Hoxne district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article tells more about these records.

Church records

The Parish Registers begin in 1554.  They can be view at the Suffolk Record Office.  A copy of the registers from 1554 to 1900 can be purchased from the  Suffolk Record Office.  For pre 1813 Bishop Transcript entries you will need to look in Hoxne Deanry, Archdeaconry of Suffolk. Parish Chest records are lacking for Fressingfield.   See Suffolk Church Record for further details.

Census records

There are census records available for Fressingfield from 1841 to 1911. Census records are available on a variety of subscription and other websites. If you need to consult the 1841 to 1891 census on microfilm, refer to Fressingfield, England, Census in the library catalogue.
There is statistical data available for the census years 1801 to 1931 that records the number of houses, families, people, and other statistical data for every parish in the county.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details.

Probate records

Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Fressingfield was the Archdeaconry of Suffolk; however, a person’s will or administration may have been probated in nearby courts or even in London. After 1858 it was in Ipswich District.  Refer to the Suffolk Probate Records article for further details.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Fressingfield


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 263-266.