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Poslingford is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population187 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSudbury
Postcode districtCO10
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°06′12″N 0°35′00″E / 52.1034°N 0.5833°E / 52.1034; 0.5833Coordinates: 52°06′12″N 0°35′00″E / 52.1034°N 0.5833°E / 52.1034; 0.5833
View of the south part of Poslingford, showing the church
Poslingford's village sign, near the former Shepherd and Dog public house

Poslingford is a small village situated approximately 1¾ miles to the north of Clare, Suffolk, England, near to a stream that feeds the River Stour (via the Chilton Stream). The main part of the village follows the line of The Street (the main road through to the village of Stansfield), rising approximately 18 metres in height above sea level from south to north.


The Church of St Mary, near the centre of the village, is part of the Stour Valley Group of churches, and services are held there on a rotational basis. The Parish council meeting takes place in the church foyer as it is the only public place available in the village for such meetings to be held. The church holds a stone coffin and bell recovered from the site of Chipley Priory about 1 mile (2 km) north-west of the village.[2] Both the priory and the church became part of the holdings of the College in Stoke-by-Clare.[3]

Poslingford Hall Manor[edit]

The Golding family were for several hundred years one of the principal families of the parish.[4] As early as 1573 George and Henry Golding had been called upon to show by what title they held the Rectory of the church, and probably the manor was already in the family at that date. In 1635 Thomas Golding held the manor and the advowson.[5] The family appear to have mostly resided in New House, which, despite its name, is a very old property – referred to in 1572 as "a messuage newly built called the Newhowse". Even then, it was not totally new because it was built on the site of the manor of Bustalmynes, named after John Burstemyn who was living in 1327. The property was further enhanced in the early 18th century by the Golding family, who constructed a garden canal and avenues within their small park there.[6] The Goldings presented virtually every new Vicar to Poslingford church from 1563 to 1804. Several of this family are buried within the church. In the nave, on the West Wall is a monument to them.[7] Mary (d.1699), daughter of Thomas Golding of New House, was married to Sir George Villiers, 2nd Bt., (1620 - 1682) a renowned Cavalier and nephew of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, the favorite of King Charles I. Her tomb is in the floor of the church chancel.[8]


The village was once self-sufficient, having a school, post office, small shop, a blacksmith and a public house, The Shepherd and Dog. These have all long closed and today most of the 200 or so residents travel to Clare for their requirements.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  2. ^ Chipley Priory - Pastscape, English Heritage. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
  3. ^ Page.W (1975) 'Houses of Austin canons: Priory of Chipley', A History of the County of Suffolk: Volume 2, p. 99 (available online). Retrieved 2011-05-03.
  4. ^ Metcalfe, Walter C., F.S.A., editor, The Visitation of Suffolk 1561, 1577 & 1612 & additional Suffolk Pedigrees, Exeter, 1882, p.95.
  5. ^ Copinger, W.A., MA, LL.D., FSA, FRSA, The Manors of Suffolk, vol.5, Manchester, 1909, p.279.
  6. ^ http://www.suffolklandscape.org.uk/userfiles/pdfs/DV%20Hist%20landscape%20Study/Undulating%20Ancient%20Farmlands%20FINAL(EM%20Sep09).pdf
  7. ^ Jarvis, Rev. Henry, M.A., Poslingford Church, n/d, pps:246 & 253.
  8. ^ Waters, Robert Edmond Chester, B.A., Barrister of the Inner Temple, Genealogical Memoirs of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chicheley, London, 1878, p.591-2.

External links[edit]

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