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Haughley, Suffolk

Historical Description

Haughley, an ancient village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands about 3 miles NNW from Stowmarket, and has a junction station on the G.E.R. about 1½ mile E. It was anciently known as Hagenet, and was once a market-town. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (B.S.O.) The parish is cut into the divisions of Haughley Green, Old Street, New Street, and Tothill. Acreage, 2566; population, 859. The manor, with an ancient castle, belonged to the Uffords, the De la Poles, and the Brandons, Earls and Dukes of Suffolk; passed to the Sulyards, and, with Haughley Park, belongs now to the Pretyman family. The castle was dismantled in 1173 by Robert, Earl of Leicester, and ruins of it, including keep and walls, still exist. Plashwood is a chief residence standing in its own grounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; gross yearly value, £257 with residence. The church is ancient, has a square embattled tower, and was restored in 1878. There are a Congregational chapel, an endowment for four Westminster scholars, 7 acres of town lands, and a small charity.

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 parishHaughley St. Mary 
Poor Law unionStow 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP14
Post TownStowmarket