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Hollesley, Suffolk

Historical Description

Hollesley, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands near the coast, 6½ miles SE from Melton station on the G.E.R., and has a post and money order office under Woodbridge; telegraph office, Alderton. The parish comprises 3987 acres; population, 607. Hollesley Bay, a slight indentation of the coast northward from North Weir Point, has from 6 to 8 fathoms water, and two curious old cannons were found in it in 1804. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net value, o£606 with residence. The church, which is a building of flint in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, has a tower of 1452, comprises nave, chancel, and N aisle, and was restored in 1886. The Colonial College and Training Farms Co., Limited, have an estate of over 1330 acres. The institution is designed for the training of young gentlemen who intend to become colonists.

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 parishHollesley All Saints 
Poor Law unionWoodbridge 

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

Church Records

Hollesley Parish Registers 1623-1812 are available online as part of the Suffolk Parish and Probate Records.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hollesley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hollesley are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP12
Post TownWoodbridge