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Hawstead, Suffolk

Historical Description

Hawstead, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands 4 miles S by W from Bury St Edmunds, and 3 W from Whelnetham station on the G.E.E., and was known at Domesday as Halstead. It has a post office under Bury St Edmunds; money order and telegraph office, Hoi-ringer; The parish, with Hardwick extra-parochial tract, comprises 2304 acres; population of the civil parish, 325; of the ecclesiastical, 344. The manor belonged to Bury Abbey; passed to the Fitz-Eustaces, the Cloptons, and the Drurys; and belongs now to the Cullum family. Hawstead Place, the old manor-house, was visited in the time of the Drurys by Queen Elizabeth, but afterwards became a farmhouse. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £350 with residence. The church is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style of the 15th century, with a tower, and contains monuments of the Fitz-Eustaces, the Drurys, and the Cullums, and three brasses. There are some well-endowed almshouses for six aged persons, and a common of about 24 acres. Bishop Hall was rector.

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 parishHawstead All Saints 
Poor Law unionThingoe 

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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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DistrictSt. Edmundsbury
Postal districtIP29
Post TownBury St. Edmunds