Sternfield or Sternesfelda
The demesne of this parish was anciently in John de Mundeville, and afterwards
became vested in the Vestries, from whom it passed to the Framlingham and Gaudy
families; of the latter it was purchased by Dudley North, Esq.
The manors of Mundeville and Vestries, in this place, were lately the estate of
C. N. Bayley, Esq.
Mem. Margery Beddingfield and Richard Ringe, were tried and convicted at
the assizes, holden at Bury St. Edmund's, March 24, 1703, for petty treason, and
murder committed on John Bedding-Held, of this parish, farmer; the husband of
the said Margery Beddingfield, and master of the said Richard Ringe. They were
both executed at Rushmere Heath, on the 8th of April, pursuant to their
sentence. Ringe was about 22 years of age, and committed the murder at the
instigation of his mistress, who was not 21.
CHARITIES. The town estate here consists of two tenements, with gardens,
let together at £5 a year: a meadow of one
acre, or thereahouts, let at £l 10s. a year;
and a cottage, stable, and about 44 acres of land, of which about eight acres
are in the adjoining parish of Friston, let at £48
a year. There are several old deeds of conveyance relating to different parts of
this property; but they contain no specific declaration of trust. The earliest
that contains any such declaration, is of the date of the 1st of Charles I.; it
comprises the whole of the property, and the trusts therein declared are, "the
sole and proper use, profit and maintenance, and sustentation of the inhabitants
of the town of Sternfield. "The rents are expended in the repairs of the church,
in fuel and clothing, and pecuniary assistance for the poor inhabitants; and in
providing means for the education of their children.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page