Saxtead, Suffolk Genealogy

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

Parish History

Historical populations
Year Pop.
1801 391
1821 453
1841 447
1851 441
SAXTEAD, a scattered village, 2 miles N.W. of Framlingham, has in its parish 447 souls, and 1202 acres of land, including the hamlet of Saxtead Green, 2 miles W. by N. of Framlingham. The soil is a strong fertile loam, on a substratum of flint and gravel. The manor and the greater part of the soil belong to Sir Robert Hitcharn's Charity, of which the Master and Fellows of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, are trustees, as already noticed at page 189. About one third of the parish is copyhold, subject to arbitrary fines, and the custom of Borough English....[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 Saxtead and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.

Civil Registration

Saxtead 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 1546.  They can be view at the Suffolk Record Office.  A copy of the registers from 1546 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 Saxtead.   See Suffolk Church Record for further details.

Census records

There are census records available for Saxtead 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 Saxtead, 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 Saxtead 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

Web sites