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Cavendish, Suffolk

Historical Description

Cavendish, a parish in Suffolk, with a station on the G.E.R., and 2¼ miles E of Clare. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office, R.S.O. (Suffolk), and a fair for cattle on June 11. Acreage, 3346; population of the civil parish, 1039; of the ecclesiastical, 1045. The manor belonged anciently to the Cavendish family, ancestors of the Dukes of Devonshire. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £434 with residence. Patron, Jesus College, Cambridge. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English and Perpendicular styles. It has a brass eagle lectern, said to have been presented by Queen Elizabeth, and an ancient font. There is a Congregational chapel, a lecture hall, and an endowed grammar school. This place gives the name to the Cavendish family, of which the Duke of Devonshire is the head.

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 parishCavendish St. Mary 
Poor Law unionSudbury 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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DistrictSt. Edmundsbury
Postal districtCO10
Post TownSudbury