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Ampton

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Population (2011) of Ampton: 171.


Local licensing authority for Ampton is St Edmundsbury.

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About Ampton

A dry parish. A tiny Breckland hamlet, recorded in Domesday as "Hametuna". The annual South Suffolk Show is held at Ampton Hal on the second Sunday of May. At the extreme northern border of Ampton lie the "Seven Hills", burial barrows of which three still remain. These are said to mark the graves of victims of the 1173 Battle of Fornham - either seven barons who died in the battle or the soldiers.

Robert Fitzroy, who commanded HMS Beagle when Darwin was on board, was born at Ampton Hall in 1805. He committed suicide in 1865, racked with guilt at his part in the development of what he saw as the "un-godly" Theory of Evolution. A talented meteorologist, Fitzroy was a pioneer of the weather forecast. The Fitzroy area used in shipping forecasts (formerly Finisterre) was named for Robert Fitzroy in 2002.

We have searched records dating back to before 1840 without finding reference to a single public house in this village; it seems likely there has never been one. Please let us know if you have any information to contradict this.