Laxfield, Suffolk Genealogy

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

Parish History

"LAXFIELD [All Saints], a parish, in the large and pleasant village, near the source of the river Blythe, 6 miles N. by E. of Framlingham, and 4 miles E.8.E. of Stradbroke, which includes the hamlet of Banyards Green. (View Pictures of Laxfield and Parish Church) It is in three manors, one of which, with the rectory and advowson, was granted by Robert Mallet to Eye Priory, and was granted, in the 28th of Henry VIII., to Edmund Bedingfield. Another manor was granted, as part of the possessions of Leiston Abbey, to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in the same year. John Wingfield, in Edward IV.'s reign, obtained a grant for a weekly market here, which was formerly much resorted to, and still the neighbouring farmers meet a number of buyers at the Royal Oak Inn, every Monday, for the purpose of selling corn by sample. Two large cattle and sheep fairs are held here annually, on May 12th and Oct. 25th. Lord Huntingfield is now lord of the manors of Laxtield and Laxfield Rectory, which comprise all the parish, except the small manor of Stadhnuyh, which belongs to Smith's Charity, as afterwards noticed. A great part of the parish is copyhold, subject to arbitrary fines; and among the other principal proprietors are, the Earl of Gosford, Sir E. Kerrison...."[1]


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 Laxfield and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.

Civil Registration

Laxfield was in Hoxne district till 1907 at which time it was moved into Hartismere District. In 1907 Hoxne district was abolished. To search an index of Hoxne or Hartismere district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article tells more about these records.  While the district had been created in 1837 for the purpose of recording births, deaths , and marriages, the Hundred had been in existence for hundreds of years for administrative, military, and judicial purposes.

Church records

The Parish Registers begin in 1579.  They can be view at the Suffolk Record Office.  A copy of the registers from 1579 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 Laxfield. See Suffolk Church Record for further details.

Laxfield Parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been partly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years: The Suffolk Family History Society publishes their indexes on CD. Laxfield will be found on the CD for Hoxne deanery.

FMP = (£) FREG = FreeReg
FS = SFHS = Suffolk Family History Society
LAXFIELD PARISH (1579) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1813-1871 1813-1837 few pre 1813
FMP 1813-1900 Boyd's Marriage Index also 1813-1837 National Burial Index
FREG None None None
SFHS 1813-1900 1754-1900 Suffolk Burial Index

Census records

There are census records available for Laxfield 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 Laxfield census film numbers 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 Laxfield 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 principal residents. They mention the farmers and tradesman in each parish and the nearest market towns among other items.
  • National directories provide a brief description of each place
    • Vision of Britain - Laxfield, is a village and a parish in Hoxne district, Suffolk. The village is near the river Blythe, it is 6¼ miles N of Framlingham railway station....[2]

Web sites


  1. William White, 1844, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk; page 463 - 465]
  2. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) Laxfield