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Home, Suffolk

Historical Description

Home, a village, a parish, and the head of a union in Suffolk. The village stands near the river Waveney and the boundary with Norfolk, 3½ miles NE from Eye station on the G.E.R., and 6 ESE from Diss, was anciently known as Eglesdune, has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Scole, and formerly had a fair on 1 Dec. Acreage of the civil parish, 4056; population, 934; of the ecclesiastical, 938. The manor belonged to the bishops of Norwich, had a seat of theirs, was given by Henry VIII. to the South-wells, and belongs now to Lord Bateman, who is the chief landowner. Oakley Park, the seat of the Batemans, is a beautiful mansion in the Grecian style, has a gallery 80 feet long resting on eight marble pillars, and stands in a park of upwards of 600 acres. A fine mansion, called The Depper-haugh, the seat of the Walker family, also stands at the east of the parish. King Edmund was shot to death in Hoxne-with arrows by the Danes after his defeat at Thetford. His remains were buried in a wooden chapel here, and this, after their removal to Bury was converted into a Benedictine-priory, a cell to Norwich Abbey. The priory flourished till the dissolution, and was then with its property given to Sir R. Gresham. An oak tree, to which the king is supposed to have been fastened, fell in 1848, and an iron arrow-head wa& then found in it The spot is now marked by a stone cross. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £297 with residence. The church comprises nave, N aisle, and chancel, has a large pinnacled tower, and contains several monuments. A Baptist chapel was erected here in 1864. There are five almshouses, which were erected by the late General Sir Edward Kerison, Bart., in 1844. Heckfield Green is an adjacent hamlet.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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