Ringshall, Suffolk

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Ringshall - Church of St Catherine.jpg
Church of St Catherine
Ringshall is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population650 (2005)[1]
670 (2011)[2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStowmarket
Postcode districtIP14
Dialling code01473
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°08′08″N 0°58′53″E / 52.135642°N 0.981387°E / 52.135642; 0.981387Coordinates: 52°08′08″N 0°58′53″E / 52.135642°N 0.981387°E / 52.135642; 0.981387

Ringshall is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located around four miles south of Stowmarket, and 13 miles north west of Ipswich.[3]

Of Anglo-Saxon origin, Ringshall Grange appears in the 1086 Domesday Book. Ringshall Grange is the Grade II Listed former rectory to the church of St Catherine. The village contains a Primary School, a village hall, a grade II listed Manor, and a garage.


In the 1870s, John Marius Wilson described Ringshall as:

"The village stands 3¼ miles W S W of Needham-Market r. station, and has a post-office under Stowmarket."[4]

Ringshall village hall
20th Century Map of Ringshall, Suffolk


Population structure[edit]

According to the 2011 Census there were 334 males and 336 females living in the parish.[5] The population dramatically increased from just over 200 people to 1400, between 1941 and 1961. But then the population in the parish declined to 600 people by 2001.

Population of Ringshall Civil Parish, Suffolk, 1801-2011.

Occupational structure[edit]

The graph of occupational structure of females in 1881, shows that 78% of females have an unknown occupation, 17% are professionals and there are a small percentage of the population in other jobs.

The graph of male occupation structure in 1881, shows that 66% of males are employed in agricultural services, 22% in domestic office or services and 5% are working with animals. This shows that Ringshall was quite primary product dependant, as a large percentage of the population worked in this sector.[6]

Occupational structure of Females in Ringshall in 1881
Occupational Structure of Males in Ringshall in 1881


Transport facilities in the civil parish include bus services that run to Hadleigh, Bildeston, Hitcham, Great Bricett, Stowmarket and Ipswich. These transport routes run often once a day, there and back to these locations, running mostly on Monday to Saturday.[7] The closest train service is located around 5 miles north east of Ringshall,[8] at Needham Market.[9]



Located on the southern edge of the village lies Wattisham Airfield.[10] It is a former RAF base which had opened in 1939 as a medium bomber station. Between 1942 and 1945 the airfield was used by the Americans as the East Anglian Air Force station during WWII.[11]

Ringshall Grange is a Grade II listed moated house located within the civil parish, which is available to rent for up to 22 guests. Surrounding the former rectory, lies two acres of woodland and a historic belvedere mound, from which stunning views across the valley can be seen. During 1942 to 1945, the house was used as the East Anglian headquarters of the American Air Force during the Second World War.[12]


There is also a primary school located within the village of Ringshall, called Ringshall school. The state primary school caters for children aged between 5-11, who live within the catchment areas of Ringshall, Great Bricett, Barking, parts of Willisham and Wattisham Airbase.[13]


The Church of St Catherine, is the village church located within Ringshall and is a grade I listed building, which became listed on 9 December 1955.[14] The church is located between Ringshall Hall and Coronation Glebe, on Stowmarket Road. The Church of St Catherine appears in the Domesday book of 1086, with the record showing there is a "Church with a Norman tower" located within the village.[15]


  1. ^ Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  4. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fullerton & Co.
  5. ^ "key statistics". Neighbourhood statistics. office for national statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Vision of Britain | 1881 Census: Ages | Table 10". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  7. ^ "List Bus Services". www.carlberry.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Local bus, coach and rail information for Ringshall". www.carlberry.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  10. ^ Bowyer, Michael J F (1979). Action Stations: Wartime military airfields of East Anglia, 1939 - 1945. Cambridgeshire: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 205. ISBN 0850593352.
  11. ^ "RAF Wattisham - Regiment History, War & Military Records & Archives". www.forces-war-records.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  12. ^ "About". Ringshall Grange. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Ringshall School | Community Directory". infolink.suffolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  14. ^ Stuff, Good. "Church of St Catherine, Ringshall, Suffolk". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  15. ^ "The Domesday Book Online - Suffolk N-R". www.domesdaybook.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2017.

External links[edit]

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