"AMPTON, a parish in the hundred of Thedwestry, in the county of Suffolk, 5 miles to the N. of Bury St. Edmunds. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £172, in the patronage of Lord Calthorpe. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. It contains a brass and some monuments of the Calthorpes. There is an endowed school for five children, established by Mr. Edwards. In 1705, James Calthorpe founded a hospital or school for the maintenance and instruction of six boys, and endowed it with some land. The pupils have the benefit of this school for seven years. There is also an almshouse for poor women. The parish charities amount altogether to £440. Ampton Hall, which stands in a fine park, with picturesque walks and views, is the seat of Lord Calthorpe."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)