Great Bealings

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Great Bealings
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Great Bealings
Location within Suffolk
Area4.19 km2 (1.62 sq mi)
Population302 (2011)
  Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
OS grid reference TM231489
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Woodbridge
Postcode district IP13
Dialling code 01473
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
UK Parliament
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52°05′38″N1°15′25″E / 52.094°N 1.257°E / 52.094; 1.257 Coordinates: 52°05′38″N1°15′25″E / 52.094°N 1.257°E / 52.094; 1.257

Great Bealings is a small village in Suffolk, England. It has about 302 people living in it in around 113 households. [1] Its nearest towns are Ipswich (6 miles (9.7 km) away) and Woodbridge (2.6 miles (4.2 km)). Nearby villages include Little Bealings, Playford, Culpho, Hasketon and Grundisburgh. The village does not have an obvious centre, and the population is split between two areas — one around Lower Street to the East of the village, and the other at Boot Street/Grundisburgh Road to the West of the village. St Mary's, the village church, is about in the middle of these two centres of population.


The village shares a playing field with Little Bealings, which is located behind the joint Village Hall, and includes a grassed plateau, a fenced and hard surfaced multi-sports court, children's play equipment, and a boules piste. It is named after John Ganzoni, Lord Belstead, who lived in the village for many years, and whose Charitable Trust Fund supported the project.

The River Lark passes through the middle of the village, and is crossed by the main road with a humpback bridge. [2]


In the Domesday Book there is mention of the Saxon Hall, owned by Halden, with Anund the priest in attendance. This was on the meadow by the church and was owned by several families such as the de Peche, Clench, and Majors, who knocked it down in 1775 to use the material to aid the construction of Bealings House.

The village has always had a strong agricultural base with several small farms. In White's gazetteer of Suffolk in 1855, the listed tradesmen are: brickmaker, two boot makers, builder, wheelwright, blacksmith, gardener, shopkeeper, and miller as well as several farmers and gentlemen.

Historical writings

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

BEALINGS (Great), a parish in Woodbridge district, Suffolk; on a branch of the Deben river, and on the East Suffolk railway, near Bealings station, 2¼. miles W by S of Woodbridge. Post Town, Little Bealings, under Woodbridge. Acres, 1,029. Real property, £2,091. Pop., 338. Houses, 88. The property is divided among a few; and much of it belongs to-Lord Henniker. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £250.* Patron, Lord Henniker. The church is good. [3]

In 1887, John Bartholomew also wrote an entry on Great Bealings in the Gazetteer of the British Isles with a much shorter description:

Bealings, Great, par., E. Suffolk, 2½ miles W. of Woodbridge, 1036 ac., pop. 287. [4]

Notable residents

Rectors of the Parish

Plaques in the church list the following Rectors:

Anund the Priest1086
Mathew de Stanton1306
Geoffrey de Banhale1307
Richard de Westhorpe1331
Reginald Bustard1338
Stephen de Duddeley1341
Robert de Appleton1343
Radulphus de Ipswich1349
Nicholas de Lydgate1349
John Joye1350
William de Drayton1352
Robert de Hethe1375
John Tubbyng1395
John Stratton1407
William Jowle1448
Robert Coppyng1464
John Jacob1476
Richard Williamson1517
John Walker1517
John Fayerthwat1536
Robert Baxter1542
Robert Gybsonne1560
Richard Larwood1566
Robert Hutchinson M.A.1607
William Gibbins B.A.1629
Edmund Smith B.A.1653
Edmund Brome1672
Richard Cavell1719
Robert Hingeston M.A.1726
Wm Dobbyns Humphrey1766
Philip Meadows B.A.1804
Wm Chafie Henniker M.A.1838
Edward Jas. Moor B.A.1844
Howard Beech M.A.1886
Francis B Champion M.A.1917
Frank Mitton1930
George H Round-Turner1936
David T Jarvis B.A.1945
John McMillen O.C.S.1954
Denis Spencer A.K.C.1956
J G Steven A.L.C.D H.C.R1970
Frank Hollingsworth1975
Michael Skliros1991
Christine Everett1996
Pauline Stentiford2003
Celia Cook2015

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