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Horringer Church - geograph.org.uk - 21912.jpg
St Leonard's Church, Horringer
Horringer is located in Suffolk
Horringer shown within Suffolk
Population890 (2005)[1]
1,055 (2011)[2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP29
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°13′23″N 0°40′23″E / 52.223°N 0.673°E / 52.223; 0.673Coordinates: 52°13′23″N 0°40′23″E / 52.223°N 0.673°E / 52.223; 0.673

Horringer is a village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district of Suffolk in eastern England. It lies on the A143 about two miles south-west of Bury St Edmunds. The population in 2011 was 1055.[1]


Horringer was earlier known as Horningsheath. The school kept this spelling until after the Second World War.[3]

The village includes the main entrance to Ickworth house, a Neoclassical country house which was the seat of the Earls and Marquesses of Bristol until the 7th Marquess sold the lease to the National Trust.

Notable persons[edit]

The religious controversialist and cleric Thomas Rogers (c. 1553–1616) was the rector of St Leonards, Horringer, from 1581 until his death.[4]

Horringer was the birthplace of Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, born Elizabeth Christiana Hervey on 13 May 1759. She became a notable society hostess and patron of the arts.[5] Her father was Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, who later became Bishop of Cloyne (1767–1768) and Bishop of Derry (1768–1803). He was a believer in equality among religions.[6]

The remains of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol (1915–1985) were brought home from Menton, France, by his son in 2010, for a funeral at Horringer before burial at Ickworth.[7]

Cricketer Melmoth Hall (1811–1885) was born here.[8]


According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Horringer had a population of 901 with 397 households.[9] increasing to a population of 1,055 at the 2011 Census.

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Horringer from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 543 523 539 586 597 670 662 599
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[10]
Population growth in Horringer from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Population 525 552 569 545 465 468 901 1,055
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[10]

Location grid[edit]


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  3. ^ Horringer Village. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  4. ^ ODNB: John Craig, "Rogers, Thomas (c.1553–1616)" Retrieved 30 March 2014, pay-walled
  5. ^ ODNB: Amanda Foreman, "Cavendish , Elizabeth Christiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1824)" Retrieved 30 March 2014, pay-walled.
  6. ^ ODNB: Gerard O'Brien, "Hervey, Frederick Augustus, fourth earl of Bristol (1730–1803)" Retrieved 30 March 2014, pay-walled.
  7. ^ Haden-Guest, Anthony. "The end of the peer", The Observer, January 22, 2006. Accessed May 17, 2008.
  8. ^ "Melmoth Hall". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Suffolk County Council - 2001 Census Profiles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  10. ^ a b "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 2011-02-22.

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