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Battisford, Suffolk

Historical Description

Battisford, a village and a parish in Suffolk, 3 miles W by S of Needham Market station on the G.E.R., and 3½ S from Stowmarket. Post town, Needham Market, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1581; population, 399. An hospital of knights of St John of Jerusalem was erected here in the reign of Henry II., and given at the dissolution to Sir Richard Gresham. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, £249. The church is a Gothic building of stone, with a brick tower.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySuffolk 
Ecclesiastical parishBattisford St. Mary 
HundredBosmere and Claydon 
Poor Law unionBosmere and Claydon 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Battisford from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP14
Post TownStowmarket