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Burgh Castle, Suffolk

Historical Description

Burgh Castle, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands near the river Waveney, at the confluence of the Tare, which unite to form Breydon Water, 1½ mile WNW of Belton station on the G.E.R., and 4 miles SW by W of Yarmouth. It has a post office under Great Yarmouth; money order office, Belton; telegraph office, Gorleston. The parish comprises 1496 acres; population, 469. It is ancient and historically interesting. The manor belonged to the kings of East Anglia, and part of it was given in 630 by King Sigebert to the Irish monk Fursseus for the founding of a monastery. There is a Roman camp, occupying fully 5½ acres, and showing features of strong construction. Courses of Roman bricks greatly ornament the walls, and the place has been identified by many antiquaries with the Roman Garianonum. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, £260 with residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient and of various periods. The oldest part may have been of the Norman time. It has an embattled tower, an ancient font, and good oak benches throughout. There are three good bells. The church is dedicated to St Peter. There is also a Methodist New Connexion chapel, built in 1864. There is a manufactory of bricks and Portland cement in the village.

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 parishCastle Burgh St. Peter 
HundredMutford and Lothingland 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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