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"SHIMPLING, (or Shimplingthorne), a parish in the hundred of Babergh, county Suffolk, 7 miles S. of Bury St. Edmund's, and 4½ N.W. of Lavenham. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on a branch of the river Stour, and is wholly agricultural. It includes several estates with manorial rights, as Chadacre Hall, the ancient seat of the Plampin family; Shimpling Thorn, of the Fiskes; and Shimpling and Gifford's Halls, the property of Melford Hospital. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £600, and the glebe comprises 83 acres. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. The church is dedicated to St. George. The parochial charities produce about £3 per annum. Chadacre Hall is the principal residence.
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Descriptions and photographs of churches in the parish may be found in Simon Knott's Suffolk Churches