Shelley, Suffolk

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All Saints Church, Shelley
Shelley is located in Suffolk
Shelley shown within Suffolk
Population 50 (2005)[1]
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ipswich
Postcode district IP7
EU Parliament East of England
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52°00′N 0°57′E / 52°N 0.95°E / 52; 0.95Coordinates: 52°00′N 0°57′E / 52°N 0.95°E / 52; 0.95

Shelley is a small village and civil parish in Suffolk, England. Located on the west bank of the River Brett around three miles south of Hadleigh, it is part of Babergh district. The population of the village was only minimal at the 2011 Census and is included in the civil parish of Higham

Most of the parish is within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Other points of interest are Shelley Hall, a listed building with a protected moat, and Snakes Wood, which is classified as Ancient Woodland and serves as a nature reserve.

Barker writes that there is an unusually long hedge in Shelley made up of coppiced lime trees. He writes that this follows the boundaries of remnants of nineteenth-century clearances of some of the ancient forest. Hedges of this sort are known as assart hedges.[2]

Elizabeth Gosnold Tilney, sister of Jamestown colonist and explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, is buried at All Saints Church, Shelley.[3]


  1. ^ Estimates of Total Population of areas of Suffolk Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ Barker, Hugh Hedge Britannia 2012 Bloomsbury, London p26-7
  3. ^ Bone test may solve 'US founder' mystery | UK news | The Guardian

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