Ashfield cum Thorpe
St. Mary's church, Ashfield-cum-Thorpe
Ashfield-cum-Thorpe shown within Suffolk
|Population||187 (2001 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||Central Suffolk and North Ipswich|
It is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is mentioned in the Domesday Book, when it had a population of around 45 adult men (and total population probably similar to the current figure). 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 paid for a new St Mary church in Ashfield. Alas, Thorpe church is now in ruins, only part of the tower remaining.
Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Monk Soham, Kenton, Debenham and Framsden.
- Media related to Ashfield cum Thorpe at Wikimedia Commons
- Parish website
- Ashfield church history
- St Peter, Thorpe church history
- Ashfield in the Domesday Book
- Thorpe [Hall] in the Domesday Book
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