Athelington

Athelington is a small village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk, England, about 12 miles (19 km) south-east from Diss. The name is derived from the Old English word Aetheling. The population of the village was less than 50 at the 2011 Census and is included in the civil parish of Redlingfield, in 2005 the population was estimated as 30.

Athelington
St. Peter's church, Athelington - geograph.org.uk - 362469.jpg
St. Peter's church, Athelington
Athelington is located in England
Athelington
Athelington
Athelington is located in Suffolk
Athelington
Athelington
Location within Suffolk
Area2.00 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Population30 (2005 Est.)[1]
• Density15/km2 (39/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTL210710
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEye
Postcode districtIP21
Dialling code01728
PoliceSuffolk
FireSuffolk
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
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UK
England
Suffolk
52°17′38″N 1°14′06″E / 52.294°N 1.235°E / 52.294; 1.235Coordinates: 52°17′38″N 1°14′06″E / 52.294°N 1.235°E / 52.294; 1.235

The village is first recorded as Elyngtone in 942 in the will of Bishop Theodred granting lands to a community dedicated to St Æthelberht in Hoxne.[2] It was not recorded in the Domesday book.

There are six listed buildings in the parish[3] with the church of St Peter being II* listed[4] and the remaining five being grade II listed including the 17th Century Athelington Hall.[5]

Thatched cottage at White Hall Farm

Church of St PeterEdit

The church of St Peter is medieval in origin and was majorly restored both internally and externally in 1873–1874. The early 14th century nave and chancel are made of flint rubble with stone dressings with the 15th century tower being constructed of knapped flint with an admixture of red brick. There's a bare-faced flint porch which was added in 1873 with a memorial inscription.[6][7] Three bells hang in the tower all cast in 1450 by John Magges of Norwich and are currently unringable, the largest weigh approximately 4.5cwt and has a diameter of 28 inches. [8]

GovernanceEdit

The parish is part of the historic Hoxne Hundred. Between 1894 and 1934 it was in Hoxne Rural District before transferring to Hartismere Rural District which in turn was abolished in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972. Today Athelington lies in the Mid Suffolk District of the shire county of Suffolk. The four tiers of government & their respective representatives are:[9]

Historical writingsEdit

In 1870–72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described the village as:[12]

ATHELINGTON, or Allington, a parish in Hoxne district, Suffolk; 5 miles SE by E of Eye, and 8 NW of Framlingham r. station. Post Town, Horham under Wickham-Market. Acres, 487. Real property, £926. Pop., 115. Houses, 24. The property is not much divided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £155. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good.

In 1887, John Bartholomew also wrote an entry on Athelington in the Gazetteer of the British Isles with a much shorter description:[13]

Athelington, parish, East Suffolk, 5 miles SE. of Eye and 7 m. NW. of Framlingham railway. station., 487 acres., population. 118.

Population changeEdit

Athelington from 1801 to 1961
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961
Population 70 83 100 129 111 117 118 106 87 77 54 71 38 47
Number of Houses - - - 14 26 26 27 23 20 - 14 14 12 15
Source: A Vision of Britain Through Time[14]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SCC 2005 Population Est" (PDF). 19 December 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Electronic Sawyer S1526". esawyer.lib.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Listed Buildings in Athelington, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  4. ^ Stuff, Good. "Church of St Peter, Athelington, Suffolk". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  5. ^ Stuff, Good. "Athelington Hall, Athelington, Suffolk". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  6. ^ "CHURCH OF ST PETER, Athelington - 1032562 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Suffolk Churches". www.suffolkchurches.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  8. ^ "The Suffolk Guild of Ringers, Athelington Bells". www.suffolkbells.org.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Representatives of Athelington". Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Guy McGregor | Suffolk County Council". www.suffolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Councillor details - Matthew Hicks". baberghmidsuffolk.moderngov.co.uk. 30 May 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  12. ^ "ATHELINGTON, or Allington | As described in John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Athelington | As described in John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Athelington CP/AP through time | Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.