Ringsfield or Ringesfella
The demesne of this parish was anciently vested in John de Vallibus (or Vaux),
and the advowson, before the reformation, belonged to the Prior and Convent of
Butley, in this county.
By an inquisition, taken in the 38th of King Henry VIII., Simon Nunne, of this
parish, was found to die seized of a capital messuage called Wryngeys, in
Beeston, with lands, &c., in Norfolk; and James was his son and heir, by
Margaret his wife, daughter of Thomas Guybon, Esq.; who confirmed the same to
Robert Partridge, of Finborough Magna, in this county, in the 6th of Queen
The principal estates in this parish lately belonged to the Micklethwaite
family. Charles Day, Esq., is the present owner of the lordship.
Edmund Bohun, a voluminous political and miscellaneous writer, of the 17th
century, was a native of this parish; the only son of Baxter Bohun, who with his
ancestors, had been lords of the manor of Westhall, in Blithing hundred, from
the 25th of King Henry VIII. Mr. Bohun was admitted Fellow Commoner of Queen's
College, Cambridge, in 1663; and continued there till the latter part of 1666,
when the plague obliged him and others to leave the University. In 1 675, he was
appointed a Magistrate for this county, and continued to fill that office until
the 2nd of King James II., when he was discharged, but was again restored to the
same office on the accession of William and Mary.
Amongst his numerous publications, "Three Charges delivered at the General
Quarter Sessions holden at Ipswich, for the County of Suffolk, in 1691, 1692,
and 1693," 4to.; "The Great Historical, Geographical, and Poetical Dictionary/'
London, 1694, folio; and his "History of King James the Second's Desertion," are
accounted the most popular of his works. Mr. Bohun was also the translator of
several popular historical works. The time of his death is not known, but he was
alive in the year 1700.
Abraham Dawson, A.M., patron and rector of this parish, with Redisham and
Satterly, in this county, and perpetual curate of Aldeby, in Norfolk; who
published, at three or four different times, a new translation from the original
Hebrew, of several chapters of the Book of Genesis, with notes, critical and
explanatory, deceased October 4, 1789. Mr. Dawson was son of a respectable
dissenting minister, at or near Halifax, and brother of Dr. Benjamin Dawson,
rector of Burgh, near Woodbridge.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page