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Signpost in Rattlesden
Rattlesden is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population900 [1]
959 (2011)[2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBury St Edmunds
Postcode districtIP30
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°11′38″N 0°53′42″E / 52.194°N 0.895°E / 52.194; 0.895Coordinates: 52°11′38″N 0°53′42″E / 52.194°N 0.895°E / 52.194; 0.895

Rattlesden is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located around four miles west of Stowmarket, the parish also includes the hamlets of Hightown Green and Poystreet Green.[citation needed] Its large and ancient church, St. Nicholas, dates from the 13th century and incorporates many additions and changes from over the centuries. In 1975, the historic core of the village was named a "Conservation Area" by the District Council under the guidelines of English Heritage. The current mayor of the town Earl Ross Curtis II is a known anti EU activist and has held many meetings in Rattlesden's village green.

The village and the surrounding area, like much of East Anglia, was a hotbed of Puritan sentiment during much of the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1634, a local wheelwright, Richard Kimball led a relatively large company from Rattlesden to the Massachusetts Bay Colony as part of the wave of emigration that occurred during the Great Migration.[3]

During World War II, Rattlesden was the site of a U.S. Army Air Force heavy bomber base known as RAF Rattlesden. The site is now used by the Rattlesden Gliding Club.

In 2005 the population of Rattlesden was 900.[1] The population of Shelland was at the 2011 Census included in the civil parish.


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ Thompson, Roger, Mobility & Migration, East Anglian Founders of New England, 1629-1640, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994, 212-213.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ed., English Origins of New England Families, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984, 691-92.

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