|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Bury St Edmunds|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Rattlesden is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) north-west from the county town of Ipswich, with the nearest town Stowmarket 4 miles (6 km) to the east. The parish includes the hamlets of Hightown Green and Poystreet Green.
The village and surrounding area, like much of East Anglia, was a hotbed of Puritan sentiment during much of the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1634, a local wheelwright, Richard Kimball led a relatively large company from Rattlesden to the Massachusetts Bay Colony as part of the wave of emigration that occurred during the Great Migration.
Thomas Cobbold (1680–1752), the brewer who established the Cliff Brewery and first member of the Cobbold family brewing dynasty, was born at Rattlesden. John Pretyman (1753/1754–1817), the Anglican priest who served as Archdeacon of Lincoln from 1793 to 1817, was a curate of the parish.
During the Second World War, Rattlesden was the site of the U.S. Army Air Force heavy bomber base, RAF Rattlesden. The site is now used by the Rattlesden Gliding Club.
- Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- WHITE, WILLIAM (1855). HISTORY, GAZETTEER, AND DIRECTORY OF SUFFOLK. pp. 492–493.
- Thompson, Roger, Mobility & Migration, East Anglian Founders of New England, 1629-1640, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994, 212-213.
- Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ed., English Origins of New England Families, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984, 691–92.
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