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Covehithe or North Hales, Suffolk

Historical Description

Covehithe or North Hales, a parish in Suffolk, on the coast, 4t miles N by E of Southwold, and 6¼ SSE of Carlton-1 Colville station on the G.E.R. Post town, Wangford; money order and telegraph office, Wrentham. Acreage, 1458; population, 162. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Benacre, in the diocese of Norwich. The ancient church was a fine structure destroyed in the Civil War; another was erected in 1672, and has a handsome tower. This is now in ruins. The present church was built on to the old tower. It contains a pulpit, font, and peal of five bells from the old church. Bishop Bale was a native.

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 parishNorthales St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionBlything 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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