Bradfield St George

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Bradfield St. George
Bradfield St. George is located in Suffolk
Bradfield St. George
Bradfield St. George
 Bradfield St. George shown within Suffolk
Population 386 [1]
District St Edmundsbury
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IP30
Dialling code 01284
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°12′18″N 0°48′00″E / 52.205°N 0.8°E / 52.205; 0.8

Bradfield St. George is a village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk, England. According to Eilert Ekwall the meaning of the village name is the wide field. The Domesday Book records the population of Bradfield St. George in 1086 to be 76 this includes Bradfield Combust and Bradfield St Clare. The village is about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Bury St Edmunds.

In 2001, the recorded population of Bradfield St. George was 386 people (not including Bradfield Combust and Bradfield St Clare)

The village has a village hall which was built in 1955 that has music broadcasting and legal sales of alcohol licences, and most notably holds the annual village barn dance.

The village was the setting for Adrian Bell's book Corduroy, published in 1930, though in the book Bell calls Bradfield "Benfield". Corduroy is the author's account of his life as a young man, forsaking the fashionable ballrooms and cocktail parties of Inter-war era Mayfair, to learn farming in Suffolk.

Though unsentimental, Corduroy is at times thoughtful, humorous and wistful. Bell expertly depicts the joys, hardships and crises not just of farming, but of all rural life, made the more interesting for being told by a man who came to it as an outsider. Bell tells of ploughing, harvesting, livestock and grain markets, shooting, beating, ferreting and foxhunting, and the importance of nature and religion as twin pillars of the Suffolk countryman's life.

The village is home to former England Cricketer and Sky Sports commentator Nick Knight


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