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Campsea Ash or Ashe by Campsea, Suffolk

Historical Description

Campsea-Ash or Ashe-by-Campsea, a small village and a parish in Suffolk, 2½ miles from Wickham Market, on the East Suffolk railway, and having an important station at Wickham Market. Campsea-Ash is also the junction for Framlingham. It has a post and money order office under Wickham Market, which is the telegraph office. Acreage, 1825; population, 240. Ashe High House is a fine country seat, the property of the Lowther family. It stands in a well-timbered park, which abounds with deer. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; tithe commuted at £432. Patron, the Right Hon. Lord Rendlesham. The church of St John the Baptist has been restored. It has a beautiful tower, and a brass to the memory of a priest. A nunnery of St Clare was founded here in the time of King John by Theobald de Valoines, and some remains of it are to be seen at the Abbey Farm.

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 parishCampsey Ash St. John The Baptist 
Poor Law unionPlomesgate 

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

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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