Place:Middleton with Fordley, Suffolk, England

NameMiddleton with Fordley
Alt namesMiddleton cum Fordley
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.2548°N 1.5585°E
Located inSuffolk, England
See alsoBlything Hundred, Suffolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Blything Rural, Suffolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
Blyth Rural, Suffolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1934-1974
Suffolk Coastal District, Suffolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog



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Middleton is a village in Suffolk, England. It is located approximately 3 miles (5 km) north-west of Leiston, 5 miles (8 km) north east of Saxmundham and 3 miles (5 km) from the North Sea. The village is on the B1122 2 miles (3 km) east of Yoxford and had a population of 359 at the 2001 UK census, falling to 343 at the 2011 census.

The parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Fordley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"FORDLEY, a quondam parish in Blything [registration] district, Suffolk; on the river Badingham, near the East Suffolk railway, 3¾ miles NE of Saxmundham. It is now incorporated with Middleton; but the living of it still ranks as a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Middleton, in the diocese of Norwich. Its church stood in the same yard as the church of Middleton.

Middleton with Fordley

According to A Vision of Britain through Time Fordley ceased to be an ancient parish by 1535 (the same date as the Dissolution of the Monasteries) and became a "hamlet". As Wilson states above in his Gazetteer, it was incorporated with Middleton but was still a "quondam" parish in 1870. The settlement is now referred to as Middleton with Fordley or Middleton cum Fordley. Middleton cum Fordley parish website has a good description of the present civil parish which has been in the Suffolk Coastal District since 1974.

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