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Sunday 28th April 2024

9.30 am

Holy Communion


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Curates and Churchwardens

Who have been the curates and churchwardens over the centuries. Click here to see the list.

Campsea Ashe Village Voice

A new publication full of interest to local people. Click here.

1921 census

To view the 1921 census summary click here.

Parish Records

Details of transcripts of the Parish Records from 1606 to 1875 are available here.


A defibrillator is now available at the Village Hall and can be accessed in the event of someone having a heart attack. More information is available here.

Our Diocese

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Parish Magazine

A digital copy of the latest magazine, and those for previous months, is available here.




Boarded Out Children


Boarding out was the practice of placing workhouse children in long-term care of foster parents who usually received a weekly allowance for each child staying with them.

 After a trial period in 1868, the Boarding Out Order of 1870 set out a formal framework.  This framework included that a Boarding-Out Committee was to formed in each union to supervise the boarding-out arrangement such as only orphans and deserted children to be boarded out, the foster parents must be of the same religion as the child, the weekly maintenance fee would not exceed four shillings a week and the foster parents must sign an undertaking to “bring up the child as one of their own children.”

 By the end of the nineteenth century around half the unions in England and Wales were using boarding out with around 8,000 orphaned or deserted children placed in homes.

 Wickham Market Workhouse Union was one of these unions.  They placed and supervised the fostering of 30 to 40 children in Wickham Market, Campsea Ashe, Tunstall and Little Glemham from around 1898 to 9011.

 It must have been difficult for these children, many who had suffered from neglect, to settle into their new foster homes.  It must have been strange to go from the streets of London to the green countryside of sleepy Suffolk.  One can only guess what they thought about it. 

Read the story of the Boarded Out Children by clicking here