Beside the village of Fressingfield, perhaps the village of Cratfield figures most prominently in the history of the Barber family. Robert Barber, who came to Canada in 1836, lived here - at the home of his parents, William and Elizabeth (nee Moore), and his siblings. William and Elizabeth Barber were married in St. Mary's Parish Church, Cratfield, in 1811. At the time of Robert's departure for Canada, William was the Parish Clerk of the Church of St. Mary's.

Elizabeth's brother, Joshua Moore, along with his wife, Elizabeth Stoupher, ran the Cratfield public house, now called 'The Poacher.'

Harriet Oakes, whom Robert was to marry in 1836, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, was also born in this village - to Jonathan and Dinah (nee Short). The Oakes were market gardeners at Swan Green, one of several greens (hamlets) in the extended parish of Cratfield.

2 greens (Swan Green & Bell Green); church with a clock-bell, c.1400.

From Domesday Book - Cratfield - Cratafelda: William Baynard from his uncle Ralph Baynard.


St. Mary's Church and Vicarage

The Barbers' Residence - The Parish House

The Poacher - Public House

Cratfield Scenes

Aerial Views of Cratfield Environs


See also Suffolk Churches

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