"GREAT ASHFIELD, a parish in the hundred of Blackbourn, in the county of Suffolk, 7 miles to the N.W. of Stowmarket, 2 N. of Elmswell railway station, and 6 from Ixworth, its post town. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ely, value £54, in the patronage of Lord Thurlow. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a small brick building, with tower. There is an endowment, founded in 1620 by Nicholas Fyrmage, for the maintenance of a weekly lecture in the parish church, and for the benefit of the poor. Its present amount is nearly £100 per annum. There are some other small charities. Ashfield Lodge, a neat brick mansion, is the seat of Lord Thurlow, who is chief proprietor and lord of the manor. This was the birthplace of Lord Chancellor Thurlow (1732), and his brother the bishop of Durham whose father held the living of Ashfield.
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)