Hargrave, Suffolk

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St Edmund Church
Hargrave is located in Suffolk
Hargrave shown within Suffolk
Population310 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP28
EU ParliamentEast of England
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52°12′22″N 0°35′20″E / 52.206°N 0.589°E / 52.206; 0.589Coordinates: 52°12′22″N 0°35′20″E / 52.206°N 0.589°E / 52.206; 0.589

Hargrave is a village in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk, England, about 7 miles (10 km) south west of Bury St Edmunds. Lying at the crossroads from Ousden and Lady's Green (west) and Chevington (east). Barrow, Suffolk (North) and Wickhambrook (in the South).

The village has approximately 120 dwellings, two Churches and a Village Hall (built and funded by the village).


Around the turn of the first millennium, East Anglia was continuously being ravaged by invading Danes, leading to questions as to whether the nineteen local residents recorded in the Domesday Survey (1086) were surviving East Angles or were of Scandinavian origin.[citation needed] Prior to the Norman Conquest, the manor lands of Haragraua (Hares Grove) had been held by Aluiet, one of four Freewomen of West Suffolk, and it is recorded that she held 480 acres (1.9 km2) of land and the church. Some four fifths of the medieval churches of Suffolk were already in existence at the time of the Conquest, and it is probable that Hargrave was one of them, although the oldest surviving fabric of the building dates from the Norman period of architecture. It is also probable that a medieval hall existed in the vicinity of the present church and hall (although the existing Hargrave Hall dates from mid-sixteenth century), and that its nineteen early residents also lived in that area. These residents predominantly worked in sheep and pig farming.

Following the Conquest, the Manor became one of more than three hundred holdings of the Abbey, held at the time of Domesday by William De Waterville and subsequently, by the Monks, Ralph the Falconer of Barrow, and Robert Payne. At the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, it passed to Sir Thomas Kitson, and in 1717 was sold to the Earl of Bristol to become part of the Ickworth Estate.

In 1912, the area of land under cultivation in Hargrave was 1,781 acres (7.21 km2), a mere twenty percent increase in the eight hundred years that had elapsed since Domesday. The population of the village developed equally slowly, and for the first five hundred years following the Domesday record, it was virtually static. It then grew to 324 during the next three hundred years, due to the change in agriculture towards corn farming, and reached its peak of 520 in 1861. From then, the great depression in agriculture caused an exodus from the villages to the towns. Hargrave's population decreased to 264 by 1931, and has remained approximately the same since.

There has been a marked change in the occupations of the residents of the village. Two hundred years ago, 86 people from 64 families were engaged in agriculture, and in 1931, 77% of the families were similarly employed. Today, less than one tenth of its residents are employed on the farms in the village. More than double that number are employed outside the village in retail and services industries, and in public sector and local government occupations. Almost three-quarters of its working residents commute to their place of work.


According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Hargrave had a population of 273 with 110 households.[2] increasing to a population 0f 310 in 120 households at the 2011 Census.

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Hargrave from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 324 313 360 394 457 489 420 378
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[3]
Population growth in Hargrave from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Population 337 304 252 264 238 228 273 310
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[3]

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Suffolk County Council - 2001 Census Profiles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  3. ^ a b "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 2011-02-22.

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