BEDFIELD "...a parish in Hoxne district, Suffolk; 4 miles NW of Framlingham r. station. It has a post office under Wickham-Market. Acres, 1268. Real property, £2469. Pop. 415. Houses, 88. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value £286. Patron, Earl Stradbroke. The church is old but good." (John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1870–72)
The population of Bedfield in 1874 was 451 and had fallen to 317 by 1901 and 267 in 1929. It was claimed that during the early 1900s Bedfield possessed 33 smallholdings, more than any other Suffolk parish.