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Former Church of St Margaret, Rishangles, Suffolk - from the south.jpg
St Margaret's Rishangles: the former church, now a private residence
Rishangles is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population80 [1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEye
Postcode districtIP23
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°16′26″N 1°10′05″E / 52.274°N 1.168°E / 52.274; 1.168Coordinates: 52°16′26″N 1°10′05″E / 52.274°N 1.168°E / 52.274; 1.168

Rishangles is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England.

The place-name 'Rishangles' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Risangra. The name means 'brushwood slope', the second element being related to the word 'hanger' meaning 'hanging wood'.[2]

The manor of Rishangles was held until his death in September 1478 by Edward Grimston, who also held the manor of Thorndon. They passed to his son Edward (1462-1520). Edward Grimston was well-connected, and his third marriage (1471) to Philippa, daughter of John Tiptoft, 1st Baron Tiptoft and sister of the Earl of Worcester was held in the presence of John de la Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk and his wife Elizabeth Plantagenet, sister of Kings Edward IV and Richard III.[3]

Located around seven miles south of Diss, in 2005 its population was 80.[1] At the 2011 the population was included in the civil parish of Bedingfield. Despite its small population the village is at one time believed to have been home to three churches. Following the closure of both the Methodist church and the Grade II* listed Parish church, St Margaret's, only the Baptist Church remains open.


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.389.
  3. ^ The Visitation of Suffolk 1561, made by William Hervey, Clarenceux King of Arms, edited by Joan Corder, F.S.A., Harleian Society, London, 1984, part 2, p.406-7.

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