Dagworth is a hamlet of a dozen houses on the banks of the upper reaches of the
River Gipping in the centre of Suffolk, located between the villages of Haughley
and Old Newton, about 2 miles North of Stowmarket.

Although it is tiny today, Dagworth is described in the Domesday Book, and we
know a surprising amount about events here over the past 1000 years.
Early highlights include:

The Saxon freeman Breme, killed at Hastings in 1066

The destruction of nearby Haughley Castle in 1173

Ralph of Coggeshall's story of the spirit Malekin in the 1190s

King John's visit on 10 March 1216

The de Dagworth knights' exploits in the Hundred Years War

There is also a near-continuous record of Lords of the Manor and many residents of Dagworth Hall from 1066 to the present day, giving a real sense of how the
settlement has evolved from Saxon times. People we meet along the way include
William de la Pole, who was beheaded at sea, Charles Brandon, who was married
to Henry VIII's sister Mary Tudor, and Captain Thomas Valentine Blomfield, who
was born at Dagworth, served under Wellington in the Peninsula War, and went on
to settle in New South Wales, the first of a long line of Australian Blomfields.

I hope you enjoy your visit: please use the navigation buttons to travel through the
History of Dagworth, or start with the
Chronology and jump to specific events.
I would love to hear from you with feedback, insights and ideas through the
discussion forum - press the Discuss button on any page.
Jeremy Steventon-Barnes
Dagworth Hall, April 2012
Dagworth from the air
Tales from Dagworth on BBC Radio Suffolk
Tales from Dagworth on BBC Radio Suffolk
The Great British Story
In summer 2012, Dagworth featured in the BBC2 history series
The Great British Story presented by Michael Wood.

For those who would like to know more, this site shares my
discoveries from years of research into the story of Dagworth.