Quick links

Welcome to Hawstead
An introductory guide to Hawstead for new villagers
Welcome Booklet for new residents April [...]
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Local byelaws
Includes a map of our greens and the Millennium Field
Confirmed byelaws 2016.pdf
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Hawstead on film:

To watch a short video made by Andy and Janet Taplin in support of our bid for Suffolk Village of the Year (2014), visit our Picture Gallery page


Village information:

Visit our Documents page where you'll also find previous copies of the Village Voice and its predecessor, The Hawstead Journal.


Upcoming parish council and community council meetings. For all other village events and updates, take a look at our Events page.


Parish council meetings: 

Parish Council meetings are held on the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November in the village hall at 7.30pm. The agenda will be posted here a few days before each meeting   

Church services

All Saints, Hawstead


Services take place as follows:

  • Second Sunday of each month (morning prayer at 11am)
  • Fourth Sunday of each month (Eucharist at 11am)


St Peter, Nowton


Services take place as follows:

  • First and third Sunday of each month at 11am


Dates and times of all benefice services can be found on the noticeboard at All Saints, Hawstead.


You can also visit the website: A Church Near You from the Church of England.

Notice on GDPR (general data protection regulations) 2018

Please note that archive material posted onto the website before 25 May 2018 may include limited personal data for which consent to publication has not been given.




This website is maintained by local volunteers, for which thanks.


Any enquiries regarding this website can be addressed to Hawstead Parish Council.



Also on the Contacts page you'll find MAPS!

Our Village

Hawstead is a small village in Suffolk, England and as an administrative parish, covers an area of 2,335 acres (945 hectares). It is located 3 miles (5 km.) south of Bury St. Edmunds between the B1066 and A134 roads, in a fork formed by the River Lark and a small tributary. The neighbouring villages are (working clockwise from North: Nowton, Great Whelnetham, Stanningfield, Lawshall, Whepstead and Horringer.

Lt. Col. Gerald Carpenter' s Diary - transcribed with illustrations
Lt. Col. Carpenter was the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, the Cambridgshire Regiment in WW2. His diary tell the story of the defence of Singapore in the two weeks in February 1942, leading to the capitulation of British and Allied forces. His remains are buried in All Saints Churchyard, Hawstead
Transcribed Diary 1-15Feb 1942 inserted [...]
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Population Change in Hawstead from Census data 1801 - (10 year intervals)
Also showing populations of Lawshall and Whepstead for comparison - both are bigger villages.
Population graph Hawstead Whepstead Laws[...]
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Detailed Census Data for Hawstead 1841 - 1911 Many thanks to Simon Miller for compiling and sharing this information!

Full Hawstead Parish Census 1841
Hawstead Census 1841.pdf
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Commentary on the 1841 Census data for Hawstead
1841 Census Commentary.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1851
Hawstead Census 1851.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1861
Hawstead Census 1861.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1871
Hawstead Census 1871.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1881
Hawstead Census 1881.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1891
Hawstead Census 1891.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1901
Hawstead Census 1901.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1911
Hawstead Census 1911.pdf
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