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Butley, Suffolk

Historical Description

Butley, a parish in Suffolk, on a sea-creek of its own name, 3 miles W of Orford, and 6 E from Melton station on the G.E.R. It has a post office under Wickham-Market; money order and telegraph office, Tunstall. Acreage, 1973 of land and 66 of water, tidal water, and foreshore; population of the civil parish, 337; of the ecclesiastical, with Capel, 520. A priory of Black canons was founded here in 1171 by Ranulph de Glanville, and given at the dissolution to the Duke of Norfolk and William Forth. Ruins and fragments of the abbey occupy nearly 12 acres, and part of the gatehouse has been fitted up as a residence for the vicar. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Capel, in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £140 with residence. Patron, Lord Rendlesham. The church is a building of stone in the Early English style, and there is a Wesleyan place of worship.

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 parishButley St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionPlomesgate 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP12
Post TownWoodbridge