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Kersey, Suffolk

Historical Description

Kersey, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands in a pleasant valley 2½ miles NW from Hadleigh station on the G.E.R. It has a post office under Ipswich; money order and telegraph office, Hadleigh. Acreage, 1510; population, 482. An Augustinian priory anciently stood here, which was given in the time of Henry VI. to King's College, Cambridge. The Priory here is the chief residence, and in its grounds are some remains of the ancient church. The manor belongs to King's College, Cambridge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; gross yearly value, £200. Patron, King's College, Cambridge. The church, dedicated to St Mary, is an ancient building of flint in the Perpendicular and Decorated styles, with a fine lofty tower. There are a few small charities. Kershope Foot, a railway station adjacent to the boundary between Cumberland and Scotland on the North British railway, at the confluence of the Kershope and the Liddel, 11½ miles NE by N of Longtown.

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 parishKersey St. Mary 
Poor Law unionCosford 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Kersey from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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

Postal districtIP7
Post TownIpswich