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St Edmund's church, Assington.
Assington is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population402 (2011)
OS grid referenceTL934381
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSUDBURY
Postcode districtCO10
Dialling code01787
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°00′25″N 0°48′58″E / 52.007°N 0.816°E / 52.007; 0.816Coordinates: 52°00′25″N 0°48′58″E / 52.007°N 0.816°E / 52.007; 0.816

Assington is a village in Suffolk, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east of Sudbury. At the 2011 Census, it had a population of 402.[1] The parish includes the hamlets of Rose Green and Dorking Tye.[2]


According to Eilert Ekwall, the meaning of the name is "homestead of Assi". The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, when it had a 78 households.[3] At the survey in 1086, it was held by Ranulf Peverel. Before the Norman Conquest, the village was held by Siward Barn.[3]

Historic buildings[edit]

The parish church is dedicated to St Edmund the Martyr and dates from the 15th century. It is built from flint and dressed stone. The church was restored in the 19th century.[4] Six bells hang in the tower, with the largest weighing approximately 10cwt (508 kg).[5] The bells, cast and rehung in 1890 by John Warner, were unringable as of 2013.[5]

Assington Hall, which is adjacent to the church, was home of the Gurdon family for many centuries. John Gurdon (c. 1544–1623) was elected the Member of Parliament for the borough of Sudbury, Suffolk, in 1571,[6] as was his son Brampton Gurdon (died 1648) in 1621, who became High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1629. Later members of the family were involved in local charities through the 18th century.[7]


  1. ^ Parish population 2011, Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ Official Guide to the Melford Rural District, Suffolk, Home Publishing Company p.9 (available online). Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ a b Assington, Open Domesday. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. ^ Church of St Edmund, Assington, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b Dove's Guide, Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  6. ^ "Village Info » Assington". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. ^ Retrieved 21 July 2019.

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