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Population (2011) of Shimpling: 431.

Local licensing authority for Shimpling is Babergh.

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About Shimpling

The village straddles a 2 mile stretch of road in the valley of the Chad brook and was recorded in Domesday as "Simplinga". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Shimplinge".

An agricultural college was endowed here by the Earl of Iveagh for "training in the scientific and essential points of farming", after he had allegedly found one of his hands stuffing manure into a horse's wound as a "cure". The Fainting House" in the churchyard is said to have been for the use of swooning ladies who found the long and powerful sermons too much.


(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)