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Not to be confused with Friston, East Sussex.
St Mary Magdalene C of E, Friston - - 1436210.jpg
St Mary Magdalene Church, Friston
Friston is located in Suffolk
Friston shown within Suffolk
Population 344 2011 Census
Civil parish
  • Friston
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district IP17
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°11′24″N 1°31′41″E / 52.190°N 1.528°E / 52.190; 1.528Coordinates: 52°11′24″N 1°31′41″E / 52.190°N 1.528°E / 52.190; 1.528
20th Century Map of Friston
Occupation of Friston's population by gender, 1881
Old Water Tower, Friston

Friston is a village in Suffolk, England. It is 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Saxmundham, its post town, and 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Aldeburgh. The River Alde bounds the village on the south. The surrounding land is chiefly arable. The soil becomes partly marshy in the lower grounds. The village is noted for its early nineteenth century post mill.[1] It is located next to the village of Knodishall.

Its name is recorded in the Domesday Book as Frisetuna and seems to come from Anglo-Saxon Frīsa tūn = "the farmstead of the Frisians"; some of them may have come with the Angles and Saxons.

In 1887, John Bartholomew described Friston as:

Friston, par. and vil., E. Suffolk, 3 miles SE. of Saxmundham, 1846 ac., pop. 385; P.O.; in NW. vicinity of vil. is Friston Hall.[2]


According to the most recent census in 2011, the parishes male population was 164 and the female population was 180.[3] The historical reports show that Friston's total population in 1841 was 455 with 210 people being under 20 and 245 people being 20 years and upwards indicating the parishes young population.[4]


The Church at Friston, called St Mary's Church with the main body of the church dating back to the 14th century. The Church contains a Tudor Bible written in 1550 and is possibly the first bible to have ever been used in Friston church.[5]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (401005)". Images of England. 
  2. ^ Bartholomew, John (1887). Gazetteer of the British Isles. Edinburgh: Bartholomew. 
  3. ^ "Friston (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Enumeration abstract, 1841 Page 302". Online Historical Population Reports. 1841. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Ross, David. "Friston, St Mary's Church". Britain Express. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Friston Population, 1801-2011

Media related to Friston, Suffolk at Wikimedia Commons