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Herringfleet, Suffolk

Historical Description

Herringfleet, a parish in Suffolk, on the river Waveney, at the boundary with Norfolk, 1 mile N from Somerleyton station on the G.E.R.) and 6 miles NW from Lowestoft. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Somerleyton, under Lowestoft Acreage, 1305; population, 187. The property all belongs to the family of the Leathes, who are lords of the manor. Herringfleet Hall, which belongs to the Leathes, stands in a wooded park, and commands extensive views; it contains a very fine collection of paintings by the old masters. A priory of Black Canons was founded here in the time of Henry III. by Roger Fitzosbert, and given at the dissolution to Henry Jernyngham. The living is a donative in the diocese of Norwich; gross yearly value, £130. The church is a building of flint and brick in the Early Decorated 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 parishHerringfleet St. Margaret 
HundredMutford and Lothingland 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Postal districtNR32
Post TownLowestoft