Great Finborough

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Great Finborough
Great Finborough (Suffolk) St Andrew's Church - - 68591.jpg
St Andrew's church
Great Finborough is located in Suffolk
Great Finborough
Great Finborough
Location within Suffolk
Population808 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM0157
Civil parish
  • Great Finborough
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP14
Dialling code01449
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°10′52″N 0°56′42″E / 52.181°N 0.945°E / 52.181; 0.945Coordinates: 52°10′52″N 0°56′42″E / 52.181°N 0.945°E / 52.181; 0.945

Great Finborough is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district, in the county of Suffolk, England; about 3 miles (4.8 km) south west of Stowmarket and near one of the sources of the River Gipping. It has two schools, a pub and an active church. In 2001 the parish had a population of 755,[2] increasing to 808 at the 2011 Census

Public Transport[edit]

Route 461 bus service operated by Beeston's connects Finborough with Sudbury, Bildeston and Stowmarket on Tuesday and Thursday only.[3]


Finborough Hall, purchased in 1794 and rebuilt by Roger Pettiward (d.1833) and sold in 1935 by the Pettiward Estate, in 2015 used as Finborough Hall School

Great Finborough has a Primary School, Great Finborough CEVC Primary School, founded in 1873. The original buildings, to which two new classrooms were added in 2000. The school's catchment area includes Great Finborough and the neighbouring village of Buxhall; places are offered first to children from the two villages and then to others from beyond the catchment area up to the school's intake limit. The primary school is a feeder for Stowmarket High School, to which pupils transfer at the age of 11.

The independent school Finborough School is also located in the village. About 250 pupils attend the school, which includes Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form.


St Andrew's church is the Church of England church. The current church is Victorian, apart from the Tudor porch, and the spire nearly reaches 300 ft. There has been a place of worship on the site for over 1000 years and in 1086 the church as well as Finborough Hall were recorded in the Domesday Book.[4]

There was also a Congregational chapel built in 1862 which is now a private residence.[5][6]


Inside St Andrew's church the side chapel is filled with monuments dedicated to the Wollaston family who played a big part in the Finborough Estate. They owned the Estate for a century and there are monuments dedicated to nearly all the family members. The Pettiward family also played a big role, they took control of the estate after the Wollaston's and owned it until the mid 1930s.[7][8]

The connection with the Pettiward family meant that it gave its name to Finborough Road in Earls Court, London, developed as part of the Pettiward Estate and later the Finborough Theatre.

Bog Race[edit]

The Bog Race is a key part of village life. It happens on Easter Monday every year. It is a battle between Haughley and Great Finborough. The race starts at the pub, The Chestnut Horse, where 15 or so men from Haughley and Great Finborough get considerably drunk and are taken to a nearby farm, Boyton Hall, where they have to race over the fields, about a mile, to get to the pub with the scroll. The first man at the pub with the scroll wins and is declared the winner over-all and then, that village has won for that year.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Mid Suffolk Retrieved 6 September 2010
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2012-12-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2016-02-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  • William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk, and the Towns Near Its Borders (1844).

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