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Bawdsey, Suffolk

Historical Description

Bawdsey, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands near the mouth of the Deben river, on the sea coast, 10 miles SSE of Woodbridge, and 9 SE from Melton station on the G.E.R. It has a post office under Woodbridge; money order office, Alderton; telegraph office, Melton. It was once a market town. The parish comprises 1630 acres of land, and 271 of water; population, 461. Bawdsey Haven, in the mouth of the Deben, gives shelter to small craft, and there is a ferry across the river (4 miles) to Felixstowe. Bawdsey Manor, a fine new mansion, is on the coast. Bawdsey Sand is a shoal, about 5 miles distant, 4 miles long and ½ of a mile broad, with 10 feet and upwards of water. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £126 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is a small, neat, recent structure, and was preceded by a fine early Saxon edifice, the reduced tower of which, now 60 feet high, still stands. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a reading room.

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 parishBawdsey St. Mary 
Poor Law unionWoodbridge 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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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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DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP12
Post TownWoodbridge