Great Ashfield

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Great Ashfield
All Saints Great Ashfield - - 1509336.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Great Ashfield is located in Suffolk
Great Ashfield
Great Ashfield
Location within Suffolk
OS grid referenceTL9967
Civil parish
  • Great Ashfield
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP31
Dialling code01359
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
WebsiteGreat Ashfield
List of places
52°16′01″N 0°55′59″E / 52.267°N 0.933°E / 52.267; 0.933Coordinates: 52°16′01″N 0°55′59″E / 52.267°N 0.933°E / 52.267; 0.933

Great Ashfield is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England, about 9 miles (14 km) east of Bury St Edmunds.

The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village's toponym as Eascefelda. It means "open land where ash-trees grow".[1]

12 mile (800 m) west of the village is the overgrown motte of Great Ashfield Castle.

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of All Saints is built of flint. The oldest parts of the building are 12th-century and the south doorway is 13th-century. The west tower, north aisle and current font were added in the 14th century. In the 15th century new windows were inserted in the nave and the present chancel arch was built. There are also 15th-century benches in the nave. The south porch was added in the 16th century and is built of brick. The altar rails and reredos are 17th-century. The church is a Grade I listed building.[2]

The west tower has a ring of five bells. The third and fourth bells were cast at Bury St Edmunds about 1510. John Draper of Thetford cast the tenor bell in 1631. Thomas Newman of Norwich cast the treble and second bells in 1745.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mills & Room 2003, p. 14.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints  (Grade I) (1182120)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  3. ^ Denton, Philip (25 August 2016). "Great Ashfield All Saints". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 8 September 2017.


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