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Kelsale cum Carlton, Suffolk

Historical Description

Kelsale-cum-Carlton, formerly separate parishes, but which were united in 1885, and now form one in Blything union, Suffolk. The village of Kelsale stands on the side of a hill near the G.E.R., 1½ mile N by E from Saxmundham station on the G.E.R., is large and picturesque, with well-built houses and attached gardens, and has a post and money order office under Saxmundham; telegraph office, Saxmund-ham. The parish includes Dorley's Corner, North Green, East Green, and Curlew Green, and comprises 3620 acres; population, 1038. Carlton Hall and the Rookery are chief residences. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Carlton, in the diocese of Norwich; joint net value, £288 with residence. The church of St Mary and St Peter, Kelsale, is a building of flint in the Saxon style. The church of St Peter, Carlton, is a building of flint in the Early English style. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel, and there are charities worth about £250 a year. The church house, erected by the rector in 1891 at a cost of £1250, is used for club and public meetings. Sand, clay, and potter's earth are dug here.

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 parishKelsale St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBlything 

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

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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