Place:Ashfield-with-Thorpe, Suffolk, England

Alt namesAshfield cum Thorpesource: Wikipedia
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates52.22°N 1.23°E
Located inSuffolk, England
See alsoThredling Hundred, Suffolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bosmere and Claydon Rural, Suffolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
Gipping Rural, Suffolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1934-1974
Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ashfield-with-Thorpe is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk District of Suffolk, England, between the town of Framlingham to the east and the village of Debenham to the west. In the 2001 UK census it had a population of 187.

It is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it had a population of around 45 adult men (and total population probably similar to the current figure). Today it has a church and a village hall, and used to have a school, a pub and two shops. Some of the houses in the village date back to the 15th century.

The name "Ashfield cum Thorpe" (Ashfield with Thorpe) refers to the civil parish, which consists of the village of Ashfield and the nearby hamlet of Thorpe. The church of St. Mary existed in Ashfield at the time of the Domesday Book, and, at some time after, St Peter's church was built at Thorpe. This latter fell into ruins by around 1600, and the church at Ashfield was used by both sets of villagers. Thorpe church was rebuilt in 1739, retaining its late Saxon tower. By the late 18th Century, Ashfield church was in disrepair, and it was the turn of Ashfield villages to use Thorpe church. This went on until 1853, when Lord Henniker of Thornham-Magna (the church patron at the time) paid for a new St. Mary church in Ashfield. Thorpe church is now in ruins with only part of the tower remaining.

Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Monk Soham, Kenton, Debenham and Framsden.

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