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Huntingfield, Suffolk

Historical Description

Huntingfield, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands 4½ miles SW from Halesworth station on the G.E.R., and gives the title of Baron to the family of Van-neck. The parish comprises 2146 acres, and has a post office under Halesworth; money order and telegraph office, Halesworth. Population of the civil parish, 378; of the ecclesiastical, with Cookley, 583. The manor belonged in the tune of the Confessor to Edric of Laxfied, went at the Conquest to Robert Malet of Eye, passed in 1382 to the De la Poles, fell early in the 16tb century to the Crown, was given by Henry VIII. to his divorced wife, Anne of Cleves, and by Elizabeth to her cousin, Lord Hunsdon, went by marriage to the Cokes, and by sale in 1754 to the Vannecks, and belongs now to Lord Huntingfield. Queen Elizabeth was entertained at Hnntingfield Hall by Lord Hnnsdon, and she shot a buck from or near an oak here, which is still standing. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Cookley, in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £511 with residence. The church is of various dates, from about 1170 till about 1500; was restored in 1859-66, comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower; includes the mortuary chapel of the Vannecks, had formerly another chapel and a chantry, and contains an octagonal Later English font.

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 parishHuntingfield 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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DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP19
Post TownHalesworth