All Saints Church, Ringsfield
Ringsfield shown within Suffolk
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Ringsfield is a village and civil parish in the English county of Suffolk located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south-west of Beccles in the District of Waveney. The mid-2005 population estimate for Ringsfield parish was 340, measured at 323 in the 2011 Census. The modern village is concentrated around Ringsfield Corner crossroads, about 1 mile (1½km) south of the parish church. Weston is 1 1⁄3 miles (2.1 km) to the east, Redisham 2 miles (3.2 km) to the south and Ilkesthall St Andrew 2 miles (3.2 km) to the west.
The parish church is dedicated to All Saints. The churchyard contains the grave and memorial of the American born Princess Caroline Murat (1833–1902), great niece of Napoleon Bonaparte and granddaughter of Joachim Murat, King of Naples. She lived and died at Redisham Hall after marrying John Lewis Garden, whose family seat it was. The church is a Grade II* listed building.
Redisham Hall, rebuilt in 1823 by John Garden to replace a previous Elizabethan house, is a Grade II listed building. located in 400 acres (1.6 km2) of parkland in Ringsfield parish, to the south-west of the village. It passed down in the Garden family to John Lewis Garden, a big game hunter and husband of Caroline Murat. Parts of the hall are now used as holiday cottages.
The village has a primary school, village hall and a public house but few other services remain.
A joint parish council covers Ringsfield and Weston.
- Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk, Suffolk County Council, 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2009-04-20
- Civil Parish population 2011. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
- Ringsfield and Weston Parish Council. Retrieved 2009-04-20
- Suffolk Churches Site. Retrieved 2009-04-20
- Hundred River Benefice. Retrieved 2009-04-20
- Listed Buildings in Waveney District Area Waveney District Council, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-20
- Holiday cottage description. Retrieved 2009-04-21
- Suffolk County Council Ringsfield CEVCP School Profile. Retrieved 2009-04-20
- Suffolk Camra. Retrieved 2009-04-20
Media related to Ringsfield at Wikimedia Commons