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Hessett, Suffolk

Historical Description

Hessett, a picturesque village and a parish in Suffolk, 2½ miles S from Thurston station on the G.E.R., and 5½ ESE from Bury St Edmunds. Post town, Bury St Edmunds; money order office, Beyton; telegraph office, Rougham. Acreage, 1604; population, 353. The manor was given by Earl Ulfketel to Bury Abbey, and by Henry VIII. to the Bacons, and passed to the Leheups. Hessett Rectory is the chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net value, £209. The church is a handsome building of stone and flint, consists of chancel, nave, aisles, side chapels, S porch, and a western tower. The chancel is in the Decorated style, the nave, aisles, and tower being Perpendicular, and contains tombs of the Bacons, and a monument to Colonel Aldritch.

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 parishHessett St. Ethelbert 
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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DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP30
Post TownBury St. Edmunds