Fressingfield, Suffolk Genealogy
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
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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.
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.
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.
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
- Suffolk Gazetteers and Directories from 1839 to 1909 - Suffolk Gazetteers and directories provide a brief history and description of each parish and lists principal residents. They mention the farmers and tradesman in each parish and the nearest market towns among other things of interest.
- National Gazetteers provide a brief description of each place
- England Jurisdictions 1851 maps - see parish in context with surrounding parishes also determine various ecclesiastical and civil jurisdictions for this parish
- Fressingfield on Google maps - see lay of the land as it is today
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 263-266.