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Hintlesham Hall
Hintlesham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population609 (2011 Census)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIpswich
Postcode districtIP8
List of places
52°03′N 1°03′E / 52.05°N 1.05°E / 52.05; 1.05Coordinates: 52°03′N 1°03′E / 52.05°N 1.05°E / 52.05; 1.05

Hintlesham is a small village in Suffolk, England, situated roughly halfway between Ipswich and Hadleigh. It is in the Belstead Brook electoral division of Suffolk County Council.[2]

The village is notable for Hintlesham Hall, a 16th-century Grade I listed country house that was restored and turned into a hotel by the famous chef, restaurateur and food writer Robert Carrier. The business was owned later by the hotelier and broadcaster Ruth Watson.

The church[edit]

The parish church of St Nicolas is a typical Decorated church, and therefore not typical for Suffolk. It has many memorials to the Tymperley family and the squint in the north wall shows that the vestry was once a chapel, possibly a chantry to the family, converted to secular use in the 1540s. The stairway to the roodloft in the south wall is one of the best preserved in the county. For about 350 years Hintlesham has been a joint parish with Chattisham whose church, St Margaret's, stands about a mile away, separated by a valley of meadows and woods.[3]

Hintlesham Hall[edit]

For six years from 1448, Hintlesham Manor, a single storey Tudor Hall, was owned by Sir John Fortescue who used one of the rooms as a local court. In 1454 the manor was purchased by John Timperley.

In August 1720 the hall was bought by Richard Powys a Principal Clerk to The Treasury and the Powys family lived there for nearly 30 years, after which it was sold to the lawyer Richard Lloyd, a future solicitor-general, and passed down through his descendants until the early 1900s.

In 1972 the hall was bought by chef Robert Carrier for £32,000 (equivalent to £430,000 in 2019)[4] and was restored. Today the hall is notable as a country retreat with fine dining and has its own privately owned golf club.[5]


The village has its own Church of England Voluntary Aided junior school.[6]

The village public house in The George,[7] the original premises of which burned down at the end of the 19th century.[8]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Belstead Brook Electoral Division Profile 2017" (PDF). Suffolk Observatory. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Suffolk Churches". Suffolk Churches. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  4. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Hintlesham Hall". Hintleshamhall.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary School – Welcome". Hintleshamchattisham.suffolk.sch.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Restaurant & Lounge Bar, serving home cooked food 7 days a week". The George Hintlesham. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Hintlesham George summary from". Suffolk Camra. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014.

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