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Letheringham, Suffolk

Historical Description

Letheringham, a parish, with a village, in Suffolk, on the river Deben, 2¼ miles NW of Wickham Market, and 4½ from Wickham Market station on the G.E.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Wickham Market. Area, 1153 acres; population of the civil parish, 207; of the ecclesiastical, with Hoo, 389. The manor, and all the land with the exception of a few cottages, belongs to the Duke of Hamilton. A priory of Black canons, a cell to St Peter's Monastery in Ipswich, was founded by Sir Edwin Bovile, and was given at the dissolution, first to Sir Anthony Wingfield, afterwards to his third daughter Elizabeth Naunton. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Hoo, in the diocese of Norwich; joint net value, £107 with residence, in the gift of the Church Patronage Society. The church is an ancient building of flint in the Decorated style, has a western tower with pinnacles very beautifully built of flint, belonged to the priory, and contains some decayed monuments of the Bovilles, the Wingfields, and the Nauntons.

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 parishLetheringham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionPlomesgate 

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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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP13
Post TownWoodbridge