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Henstead, Suffolk

Historical Description

Henstead, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands 4 miles from the coast, 6 from Oulton Broad station on the G.E.R., and 6½ SW from Lowestoft. The parish contains also the hamlet of Hulver, which has a post office under Wangford (R.S.O.); money order office, Beccles; telegraph office, Wrentham. Acreage, 1959; population, 488. The manor belongs to the Sheriffe family. Henstead Hall is a large mansion with extensive and beautiful gardens. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net yearly value, £222, in the gift of the Sheriffe family. The church, which is a building of flint in the Perpendicular style, hay a Norman doorway and an embattled tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Hulver Street, and there are also a few small charities.

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 parishHenstead St. Mary 
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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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Postal districtNR34
Post TownBeccles