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Here's a link to the Met.Office forecast page for Bury St Edmunds.


Check out the Events page to find out what is going on in our village - and beyond 


Next Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, May 12th, 2022


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Church Services

Church Services at All Saints Church, Hawstead






Awaiting updating


A library of important documents relating to the Parish Council and the village, including meeting agendas & minutes and copies of the Hawstead Journal.
Click here for more information.


NOTE: 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. The Parish Council wants to continue to make such material, which is of local interest, easily available to residents, but has not had the capacity to review the content fully. Please contact the clerk to the Council if you have any objection to your name or other personal data appearing in this archive material in order that it might be removed forthwith.


....and a Movie!


To view the film made by Andy and Janet Taplin in support of our bid for the Suffolk Village of the Year competition (ie 2014)click HERE. It's a fantastic production!

Most documents posted on this site are in the "PDF" format and to see them on your compputer you need a program called Adobe Reader. If you don't have this on yoour compputer you can download and install it Free of Charge here


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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 [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.9 MB]
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
Adobe Acrobat document [132.2 KB]
Full Hawstead Parish Census 1861
Hawstead Census 1861.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [122.6 KB]
Full Hawstead Parish Census 1871
Hawstead Census 1871.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [122.3 KB]
Full Hawstead Parish Census 1881
Hawstead Census 1881.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [99.8 KB]
Full Hawstead Parish Census 1891
Hawstead Census 1891.pdf
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Full Hawstead Parish Census 1901
Hawstead Census 1901.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [90.9 KB]
Full Hawstead Parish Census 1911
Hawstead Census 1911.pdf
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