Place:Stoke Ash, Suffolk, England

NameStoke Ash
Alt namesStoke-Ashsource: hyphenated
Coordinates52.289°N 1.103°E
Located inSuffolk, England
Also located inEast Suffolk, England     (1894 - 1974)
See alsoHartismere Hundred, Suffolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Hartismere Rural, Suffolk, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

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Stoke Ash is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk District of Suffolk in eastern England. Located around 6 miles south of Diss in Norfolk, in the 2011 UK census its population was 314. The village shares a parish council with neighbouring Thwaite. It is located on the A140 road from Norwich to Ipswich. In 1086 Stoke Ash was known as "Stoches Stotas".

In 1801, the population was divided into "those 'chiefly employed in agriculture', those 'chiefly employed in trade, manufacturers or handicraft', and others." In 1831, 56 per cent of the population were labourers and servants. Twenty per cent were the middle class and 15 per cent were employers and professionals. Only 2 per cent was classed as 'other'. Kelly's Directory of Suffolk (1900), described the soil as being mixed, consisting of subsoil and clay. The chief crops were wheat, barley and beans. The area was said to be 1,200 acres. The Parish School, which included both girls and boys, consisted of 50 children, with an average attendance of 47.

The village includes a church called All Saints, a village hall and green, a post office, a public house and housing for residents. The A140 splits the village into two. To the east of the A140 are most of the houses, the church, village halls and post office, making this area the main part of the village. The Baptist church and six more homes are situated to the north of the village. The primary school and the White Horse Inn are located on the west side of the A140.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"STOKE-ASH, a parish, with a village, in Hartismere [registration] district, Suffolk; 3 miles ENE of Finningham [railway] station, and 3 [miles] SW of Eye. Post town: Stonham. Acres: 1,200. Real property: £2,350. Population: 371. Houses: 68.
"[Stoke Ash] manor, with [Stoke Ash] Hall, belongs to Lord Henniker; and Woodhall manor belongs to the Rev. G. T. Turner. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £363. Patron, the Rev. H. E. Bull. The church is Norman. There are a Baptist chapel and a parochial school."

All Saints Church

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Stoke Ash. The register dates back from the year 1550.

Research Tips

  • A map of Suffolk from 1900 provided online by A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography) can be enlarged to view individual parishes. Careful inspection will usually lead to the discovery of smaller hamlets founded before 1900. The rural districts (marked with their names printed in blue) are those in existence in 1900, not those introduced in 1934. The more ancient hundreds are marked in red. Most (but not all) parish names are underlined in red.

Suffolk Information

  • Suffolk Family History Society A community of people who are interested in the local and family history pertaining to Suffolk.
  • Suffolk Archives (Record Office) ( e-mail - The Suffolk Archive has branches in Ipswich (at The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LR), Bury St. Edmunds (at 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2AR) and Lowestoft (at Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft, NR32 1DR). Includes: a good-looking website, research services and publications.
  • Suffolk Churches This is an excellent guide to most of the Suffolk Churches with lots of pictures and descriptions of the architecture and history. It includes many chapels. If you have trouble visiting Suffolk to see where your ancestor were baptised, married and buried, or even those who want to just add to their knowledge, this is the site for you.

For those whose families may have wandered over the county borders:

British Government Information

  • The National Archives or "TNA" - More than 850,000 Probate Wills from 1610-1858 (PCC wills dating back to 1670 have been completed). Free access to indexes but copy of a will costs £10.00. (Ancestry has an index to wills published after 1858.) Access also available to the Domesday Book, World War One Diaries and various other information. Their catalogue called Discovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country including County Record Offices. Over 9 million records are available for download.
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  • General Register Office - provides official copies of birth marriage & death certificates for England & Wales.
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  • FreeCEN - provides a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the UK census returns from 1841 to 1891. The transcribing of the records, by volunteers, is ongoing and contains well over 39 million records at August 2020. At that time Suffolk records appeared to be only for the 1891 census and a few for the 1871 census.
  • FreeREG - provides baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been transcribed, by volunteers, from parish and non-conformist church registers in the UK. There are over 49 million entries with just under 300,000 records for Suffolk at August 2020.
  • Ministry of Defence (url not found)- provides information for obtaining details about service records post 1920
  • Royal Air Force Museum (url not found) - for information on the archive and library research material available.
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