"STANNINGFIELD, a parish in the hundred of Thedwestry, county Suffolk, 5 miles S.E. of Bury St. Edmund's, its post town. The village, which is small, is wholly agricultural. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value £308. The church is dedicated to St. Nicholas. The register dates from 1563. The parochial charities produce about £1 per annum. There is a parochial school for both sexes. The Roman Catholics have a chapel. Mrs. Inchbald, the dramatic writer and novelist, was born in this parish in 1756. Sir T. R. Gage, Bart., is lord of the manor."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)