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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

Want to know more about what is happening across the Diocese? Click on the image below.

Parish Magazine

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




Crime in Campsea Ashe


Campsea Ashe has, fortunately, a relatively low level of crime, but reports in local newspapers over the centuries describe many crimes committed by local people. Poaching was a popular activity and a good number of assaults are also reported. The punishments for such crimes could be brutal and cases of transportation for what would nowadays seem fairly low level crimes to Australia are recorded.

Summaries of some of the reports published in the 18th and 19th centuries are listed below and further details of these reports can be downloaded here. Due to copyright reasons we are unable to publish the actual newspaper reports, but if anyone wishes to see them please send a request using the contact box below.

Date Crime Sentence
6 December 1788 Damage at Jolly's Farm Reward of two guineas offered
20 July 1833 Theft of two hens 7 years tranportation
7 December 1833 Assaulting and ill-treating the Rev Joseph Parson Fines or imprisonment in default of payment
31 May 1834 James Baldrey being an 'idle and disorderly person'  3 weeks detention at House of Correction
11 April 1835 Breaking and entering 14 years transportation
23 December 1835 Attack on gamekeepers by poachers Sent for trial
7 May 1836 Trespass in pursuit of game £3 fine or two calendar months imprisonment
7 May 1836 Unlawful assault  £5 fine or two calendar months imprisonment
20 August 1836 Assault by Isaac Ling Fined 12s
14 March 1840 Isaac Ling stole a faggott One month imprisonment with hard labour
 30 January 1841  Trespass in search of game by Edward Groom Fined £2 2s
23 October 1841 Campsey Ash widow charged with stealing two rings Not guilty
4 October 1841 James Youngman charged with carrying a gun with intent to kill game Three months hard labour
18 December 1841 John Webber charged with carrying a gun with intent to kill game Two months hard labour
30 April 1842 George West assaulted James Clarke Fined 19s 6d
2 July 1842 Maria Colthrop stole umbrella  One week imprisonment
5 February 1853 Three local men stole sixpence from Amy Catton Committed for trial
17 March 1855 William Buckingham guilty of stealing two iron traps Three weeks imprisonment
7 July 1855 James Pratt accused of stealing a turkey Six months imprisonment, the first and last weeks in solitary confinement
17 November 1855 Charles Matten stole 50 walnuts 21 days hard labour
26 April 1856 John Youngman drunk Fined 5s and costs
5 September 1856 Frederick Ling stole quarter of a peck of apples Six weeks imprisonment with hard labour
10 October 1857 George Borrett assaulted George Thurston Fined 5s and costs
30 January 1858 Henry Battell trespassed in search of game Fined 10s and costs
21 January 1895 Martha Hammond acquitted of murdering her child Acquitted


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