Metfield, Suffolk Genealogy

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

Parish History

METFIELD (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union and hundred of Hoxne, E. division of Suffolk, 3¾ miles (S. E. by E.) from Harleston. The Independents have a place of worship.

Historical populations
Year Pop.
1801 558
1821 682
1841 702
1851 651
1871 -
1891 500
1801 to 1891 census
METFIELD, a large village, 8 miles S.S.W. of Bungay, 5 miles E.S.E. of Harleston, and 7 miles W. by N. of Halesworth, has in its parish 702 souls, and 160 acres of land, including a common of 41a. It is now estimated at the annual value of L3726. Capt. Chas. Rayley, B.N., of Southwold, is lord of the manor of Metfield, but part of the parish is in the manors of Mendham and Walsham Hall. Captain Rayley owns a large estate here, and Metfield Hall, a moated farmhouse, which was rebuilt about five years ago. The rest of the parish belongs to Wm. Adair, E. Freeston, N. Micklethwaite, and J. Burkett, Esqs.; Lord Henniker, Lady Beresford, and several smaller proprietors. Mrs. Susan Godbold, who was born at Flixton, has resided here 80 years, and walked round the village on her 104th birth-day, Sept. 13th, 1843. The Church (St. John) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, and the benefice is a donative, valued, in 1835, at £69.....  William White, 1844 Gazetteer of Suffolk, page 467 [1]    View a picture of the Metfield Parish Church


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

Civil Registration

Metfield 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 1559.  They can be view at the Suffolk Record Office.  A copy of the registers from 1559 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 considerable for Metfield.   See Suffolk Church Record for further details.

Census records

There are census records available for Metfield 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 Metfield Censusin the 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 Suffolk.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details about the Census.

Probate records

Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Metfield 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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  • England Jurisdictions 1851
  • Vision of Britain - METFIELD, a village and a parish in Hoxne district, Suffolk. The village stands 2¼ miles SE of the river Waveney, at the boundary with Suffolk, and 4½ NE by E of Harleston...[2]
  • British History Online -METFIELD (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union and hundred of Hoxne, E. division of Suffolk, 3¾ miles (S. E. by E.) from Harleston; containing 702 inhabitants, and comprising 2140 acres....[3]

Web sites


  1. William White, 1844, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk]]; page 467, Metfield
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Metfield
  3. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 295-298. Metfield