Huntingfield, Suffolk

Click here for Huntingfield’s Magna Carta baron William de Huntingfield

huntingfield10previewHuntingfield, a small village with a population of 160 parishioners, lies tucked away in a valley in High Suffolk. The attractive coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh are within a fifteen mile radius.

Agriculture was once the main source of employment and to this day the village is surrounded by rich arable land and green pastures. Now the population consists of established families and more recently arrived residents from diverse backgrounds.

At the centre of the village, on the Green, is the popular ‘Huntingfield Arms’ which attracts visitors from a very wide area and in the absence of a village shop provides a welcome meeting place for the villagers.

Opposite ‘The Arms’ stands the village hut, hopefully soon to be replaced by a new village hall. From here, steps lead up to the Millennium huntingfield2previewGreen offering spectacular views of the countryside and encompassing a community orchard, a wildflower meadow, picnic benches, children’s playground, a petanque piste and a willow walk.

Little Huntingfield however boasts an illustrious past. It was here in Huntingfield Hall that two distinguished men changed the course of history and laid the foundations for the democracy that we and the United States of America enjoy to this day. The first being Baron William de Huntingfield of whom you can read more on his page in this website.

Some three hundred years later Huntingfield Hall became the home of Sir Edward Coke (Cooke) It was here in the peace of the countryside that Edward wrote the ‘Petition of Right’ a major work that together with the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights were crucial documents in English history.

huntingfield3previewSome of his statements and works were used as the basis for what we now refer to as ‘common law’. Significant among them was the right of silence and the belief that ‘everyman’s home is his castle.’

The present Huntingfield Hall (circa 18th century) stands on the site of the old Manor House in beautiful parkland. Although not open to visitors it can be viewed from the footpath leading to the famous Queen’s oak, a tree which dates back to Elizabethan times.

With thanks to Huntingfield Parish Council for its text and photographs.



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