From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Knodishall Church - - 1045302.jpg
Church of St. Lawrence, Knodishall
Knodishall is located in Suffolk
Knodishall shown within Suffolk
Population 852 2011 Census
Civil parish
  • Knodishall
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Saxmundham
Postcode district IP17 1
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
SuffolkCoordinates: 52°12′N 1°33′E / 52.2°N 1.55°E / 52.2; 1.55
Knodishall Village Hall
The general trend of the graph is that from 1801 to 1961 there is a gradual increase in population. Then from 1961 to 2001 there is a rapid increase in popultaion of over 300 people.
Knodishall population time series 1801-2011
Chart showing the different occupations by gender in Knodishall in 1881

Knodishall is a village in Suffolk, England. The village is 3.5 miles (6 km) southeast of Saxmundham, and 1 mile (2 km) southwest of Leiston. it is 3 miles from the coast. Most of the village is now at Coldfair Green,[clarification needed] with only a few houses remaining in the original village by the parish church of St Lawrence.[1]

It comprises a few houses clustered near the church and the hall site on gently falling land on the north side of the Hundred River valley. It is now an outlier of Knodishall Common; a larger settlement a mile to the south east.[2] 

According to the 2011 Census there were 418 males and 434 females living in the parish.[3]

In the 1870's, Knodishall was described as:

"The parish contains also the village of Coldfair-Green, and the quondam parish of Buxlow; and is sometimes called Knodishall-cumBuxlow. Acres 1, 143. Real property, £3, 173. Pop., 442. Houses, 100. The property is divided among a few. There are clay and sand pits. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Buxlow, in the diocese of Norwich."[4]

In 1865 the parish of Buxlow became part of Knodishall and was then known as Knodishall-cum-Buxlow.[5]

Map of Knodishall from the 20th Century


"Roger Bigod was the chief landholder here in 1086. Ranulf fitzWalter held 80 acres from him. Another 30 acres held by Bigod had been held before the Conquest by Edward the Confessor's free man, Boti. It had once been held by William Malet and Robert Malet held the soke. 80 acres in Knodishall formed a berewick of Roger Bigod's manor in Saxmundham. John Jenney is known to have been lord here at his death in 1460.

Benefice of Aldringham with Thorpe, Knodishall with Buxlow and Friston."[2]


The St Lawrence church is located a mile west of the parish of Knodishall and stands on a hill. It was founded in 1566.[6] It has a Norman influence with its 15th century tower made of flint that was restored in the 19th century and has one bell. The church has a nave and stained glass windows.[5] The vestry was added in 1838. The church also has a cemetery.[7]


The village is dispersed and close to both Leiston and Aldeburgh. It has a village shop, the Butchers Arms pub, a smallholding, a garage and Coldfair Green Primary School. The village expanded with the building of a small housing estate in the mid 1980s.


  1. ^ St Lawrence, Knodishall, Suffolk Churches website, July 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-31
  2. ^ a b "St Lawrence, Knodishall, Suffolk". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Knodishall (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fulerton &Co. 
  5. ^ a b "History of Suffolk - Knodishall 1865". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "St Lawrence, Knodishall (Knoddishall), Church of England". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Knodishall". Retrieved 21 March 2017.