- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Great Ashfield is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England. The Domesday Book recorded the population of Great Ashfield in 1086 to be 67.
Half a mile to the west is the overgrown motte of Great Ashfield Castle.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Great Ashfield from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "ASHFIELD (Great), a parish in Stow [registration] district, Suffolk; 2½ miles N of Elmswell [railway] station, and 7½ NW of Stowmarket. It has a post office of the name of Ashfield, under Bury St. Edmunds. Acres: 1,546. Real property: £2,769. Population: 408. Houses: 78. Ashfield Lodge is now the seat of Sir Henry Blake, Bart., and was the birthplace of Lord Chancellor Thurlow, and of his brother, the Bishop of Durham. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value: £54. Patron: Lord Thurlow. The church is a small brick edifice, with a tower. Charities, £104."