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Hinderclay Church - geograph.org.uk - 338105.jpg
Church of St Mary, Hinderclay
Hinderclay is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population340 (2005)[1]
326 (2011)[2]
OS grid referenceTM0376
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDiss
Postcode districtIP22
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°21′08″N 0°58′28″E / 52.35216°N 0.97434°E / 52.35216; 0.97434Coordinates: 52°21′08″N 0°58′28″E / 52.35216°N 0.97434°E / 52.35216; 0.97434

Hinderclay is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. The village is located around 14 miles (23 km) - from Bury St Edmunds in an area of rolling arable land to the south of the Little Ouse river valley. Neighbouring villages include Thelnetham and Rickinghall. In 2005 its population was 340.[1] The parish also contains the hamlet of Thorpe Street.

The parish church is dedicated to St Mary and was thatched until 1842. Hinderclay Hall is to the south of the village. A tower mill used to stand in The Street. It was demolished either in 1920 or 1955. Two pubs used to exist in the village. First, the Bell (formerly Six Bells) is now residential and known as Orchard House. The old pub was also located close to a bend in the road still known locally as "Bells Corner" (on Bells Lane) and secondly, the Crown.


Nearby, on the edge of Hinderclay wood, were found the remains of an early Iron Age settlement. Roman pottery kilns were found in the wood. The village was recorded in Domesday as "Hilderclea" (from the Anglo-Saxon for "tongue of land in a river where the elder grew").

Natural environment[edit]

The northern boundary of the parish (also the border with Norfolk) is marked by the River Little Ouse, with the area directly south of the river known as Hinderclay fen. This used to form part of the Blo' Norton and Thelnetham Fen Site of Special Scientific Interest, a wetland site, but agricultural drainage caused the area to dry out. The area is managed by the Little Ouse Headwaters Project with the aim of reverting it to a more natural wetland state.[3]

Hinderclay Lakes, 900 metres (0.56 mi) east, are a good source of fishing and are being created by the extraction of peat, which is sold for garden use. Hinderclay Woods are located 1,300 metres (0.81 mi) southwest from the village centre.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk" (PDF). Suffolk County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Hinderclay Fen". Little Ouse Headwaters Project. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Fowle, Thomas (FWL547T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ J. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses Part I vol. 1 (Cambridge University Press, 1922), p. 301 (Internet Archive).

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