Fressingfield is a village in north Suffolk of about 1,000 people. Close to the small market towns of Harleston, Diss and Halesworth, it has maintained its village identity during a period of steady growth in recent years. If you are new to the area, the pages of this website will tell you something about Fressingfield, its past, present and its future.

Fressingfield is surrounded by farms which remind us of the important position that food production has held in this area over the ages. Although to the casual onlooker the ever-changing fields may still seem to reflect that heritage, today it is modern farming practices that colour the picturesque countryside around Fressingfield. However, farming is no longer a main source of employment in the area. Now traditional trades, welfare services and numerous small high-tech businesses fulfil that role. Some of these can found listed on the local business page. 

Compared to many parts of the country, Fressingfield is a prosperous parish. It can seem to be quiet and a little isolated. It is a friendly and safe place to bring up a family. When you walk  through the village, you might even catch yourself thinking, "I could go on holiday to a place like this."  However Fressingfield is also an active and vibrant place. For the young or old, for those wanting to be active or to take time to be more reflective and for those who are somewhere in between, there are plenty of groups in the village organised by like-minded people. Many of these are listed on the 'organisations' page. Details of what is happening, or what is planned can also be found within the website.

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  1. By Pat Beatty on February 20, 2016

    My maiden name was BORRETT and my grandfather's family were associated with Fressingfield for centuries. If any one has any information about, or connection with, them I would love to hear about it. The earliest marriage record I have found is of Lewes (Lewis?) Borrett to Katherine Gobbett.


  2. By Phil Wood on February 8, 2016

    my contact details: 07956 417 328

  3. By Phil Wood on February 8, 2016

    I have been researching the Davy family tree which seems to have strong origins in Fressingfield as far back as John Davy 1713 -1785 who was married to Ruth Smith (1713-1798). Our connection is through their son William.
    Interested to hear from anyone who can give me any information.

  4. By Phillip VanVolkinburg on December 22, 2015

    It is great to learn about where some of my ancestors had lived and to see how it is today. I am a descendent of William Aldous and his great-great grandson Nathaniel Aldis (Aldous) whom emigrated to the Massachusetts colony.

  5. By cheryl piper on October 6, 2015

    Hello. I don't know if anyone can help me but I have been doing my family tree. I thought they came from London but it turns out they are from fressingfield. I am looking for the Barnaby family. My 6 x great grandmother was called elizabeth barnaby she was born in 1775. Her father was William barnaby. Elizabeth married into the moore family. Any help would be gratefully received x

  6. By petra davids on September 17, 2015

    What a lovely quiet village this was before it won ' Village of the Year'. Then it seems that someones head has got a bit too big and development is slowly going to spoil it. Some people are putting up a courageous fight whilst others pretend its not happening. Some even think its for the better!!
    When people choose a home they take into consideration the home, the garden, the community & environment. It is important to their well being & health. So when land owners decide they want to develop in a way where it changes the scenery permanently then not surprisingly there will be anarchy!!
    All this development & destruction of our greenbelt & woodland is supposed to be of benefit to the village. But the only people gaining from this are the land owners/ builders!! don't realise what you have & by not knowing this you will sadly destroy our community.
    Shame on all those who allow this to happen.

  7. By keith burch on February 25, 2015

    Hallo, I have just begun to researching my family, and I'm told that my grandmother, Emily birch, along with her many children lived in Fressingfield in 1911, after a while, moved to the village of Fersfield near Diss, where her eldest son (I think,) rented a farm, where the family lived for many years, the last known, my cousin, Jack ran the farm, he had some daughters, any information would be very much appreciated, thanks in advance. Keith Burch.

  8. By Adam Aldous on February 18, 2015

    Hi, I live in Melbourne, Australia, and am a direct descendant of Roger De Aldous. I can't find much information about him or even anyone before him. Can anyone help? I'm also a descendant of the first pioneering Aldous family to Australia.

  9. By Linda Boxer on November 18, 2014

    I am researching my family tree and have found that on my mother's mother's side I am related to a family named Aldous. Information on the family appears to go back as far as 1400 and a Roger De Aldous who was born, lived and died in Fressingfield (my 15th great grandfather) As the family appears to have lived in the area for hundreds of years I wondered if there is any record of them being around i.e. burial in St Pauls. Any help gratefully received!

  10. By Daniel Wm. Clutton on October 5, 2014

    My ancestor, William Clutton (Clouten), immigrated to Fressingfield from Cheshire about the late1690s. He was a tradesman, contracted to help rebuild a nearby church. During his stay, he met and married a local, Martha Aldous (marr. recorded: William Clouten on 3 Oct 1700 in Fressingfield). They settled in Fressingfield to a life of farming, having nine children.
    I'd be interested in any supporting historical or genealogical information.

  11. By Mary Newton on August 19, 2014

    Hello, my husband and I are moving to Fressingfield in the next couple of months. We have just had an offer on a house accepted. The house has a nice garden but not big enough for a large vegetable plot. We currently have a 10 rod allotment plot where we live now. My question is ,does anybody know of a local farmer/land owner that would be prepared to rent us a small piece of land in the area for growing our vegetables and fruit. We know there are allotments in Diss but it is too far to go to regularly maintain a plot from that distance. Many Thanks, Mary

  12. By Ray Holmes on June 2, 2014

    Hello, I'm trying to make contact with a woman I use to know who lived in Egham, Surrey with her daughter around 1990, I use to work in the motor trade and worked in a garage in Virginia Water where ???? Use to pop in from time to time, I know she sold her house in Egham and moved to Fressingfield, I was hoping someone could help me make contact with her, thank you.

  13. By Alice Whitney on April 30, 2014

    Thank you to Caroline Day for delivering our Welcome Pack! We are still unpacking but settling in and looking forward to being out and about in the village!

  14. By dean adrian boatwright on January 10, 2014

    I'm looking for any Boatwright living in the area. I traced my family back to a john Boatwright ,early 1600's from fressingfield. please contact me with any info . I'm from the dallas ,tx area....cheers

  15. By derick smith on September 1, 2013

    Hi, I am looking for a robert smith birth about 1717 fressingfield, he may have married a jemima about 1733, they had John b 1734 and Thomas 1737 these are my ancestors and I have been unable through other sources to find records hope you can help me Mr D smith.

  16. By Shirley Francis on April 24, 2013

    Hello I came to fressingfield today to have a look around my family come from there my great great great grandad henry Coates was born there he was married to Hannah Vincent she was my great great great grandmother we found some graves in the cemetery my family lived at 120 new street we looked at new street today but no one had numbers on the doors my other family name is carver my great great grandad was henry carver my gran was called Harriet carver I loved fressingfield today we also went to stradbrooke where henry carver was born I will come back to fressingfield and stradbrooke it felt like coming home xxxx

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