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Chelsworth, Suffolk

Historical Description

Chelsworth or Chellesworth, a village and a parish in Suffolk, on the river Bret, 1½ mile SSE from Bildeston, and 4½ miles SE from Lavenham station on the G.E.R., with a post office under Bildeston (S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Bildeston. Acreage, 877; population, 227. Chelsworth Hall is the chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £225 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is an ancient building of flint in the Perpendicular style.

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 parishChellesworth All Saints 
Poor Law unionCosford 

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

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chelsworth from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

Postal districtIP7
Post TownIpswich