Stanstead, Suffolk

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Village sign, Stanstead, Suffolk - - 164645.jpg
Village sign, Stanstead, Suffolk
Stanstead is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population319 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSudbury
Postcode districtCO10
UK Parliament
List of places
52°06′00″N 0°40′59″E / 52.1°N 0.683°E / 52.1; 0.683Coordinates: 52°06′00″N 0°40′59″E / 52.1°N 0.683°E / 52.1; 0.683

Stanstead is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England. The name Stanstead comes from the Old English for "Stony place". Located off the B1066, it is around 4 miles (6 km) from Sudbury, and is part of Babergh district. It is about 2 kilometres (1 mi) from Glemsford, 12 miles (19 km) from Hadleigh, and 4 miles (6 km) from Lavenham.


The name Stanstead is Anglo Saxon for "stony place" and it is easy to appreciate how this came about when viewing the surrounding fields, particularly in the lower part of the village, which are strewn with glacial flint. There is much evidence of earlier Iron Age and Roman settlements in the surrounding area.[2]


Stanstead is situated in Glem Valley to the north east of Sudbury. The Parish borders Long Melford in the west, Glemsford to the south, Boxted to the east and Shimpling to the north.

The village is "T shaped", the lower half of the settlement (Lower Street) follows the B1066 along the bottom of the valley past the old Stanstead osier beds. The upper part of the village is reached by a 30-metre climb up the hill past Stanstead Hall towards the church and a cluster of houses, a small green and then on to Upper Street and Blooms Hall Lane.[2]


Stanstead lies in the Babergh district of the shire county of Suffolk. The three tiers of local government are administered by


Shimpling is served by one bus service operated by Chambers:


The village is served by Hartest CEVCP School, a primary school currently catering for pupils aged 5–11.[3]

Older children attend Sudbury Upper School and Arts College.[4]


According to the Office for National Statistics, at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Stanstead had a population of 316 with 127 households.[5]

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Stanstead from 1801 to 1891
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891
Population 258 284 341 353 387 412 369 368
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[6]
Population growth in Stanstead from 1901 to 2001
Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001
Population 326 265 291 270 247 276 316
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[6]

Notable former residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Introduction to Stanstead Parish Council". Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Hartest CEVCP School". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Sudbury Upper School and Arts College". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Suffolk County Council - 2001 Census Profiles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b "A Vision of Britain Through Time". University of Portsmouth & others. Retrieved 28 February 2011.

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