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Lidgate, Suffolk

Historical Description

Lidgate or Lydgate, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands near the boundary with Cambridgeshire, 7 miles SE from Newmarket station on the G.E.R., and has a post office under Newmarket; money order and telegraph office, Wickham Brook. The parish comprises 2034 acres; population, 390. The manor belonged to Richard " sans Nose," was given by him to Bury Abbey, and belongs now to the Praed family. Remains exist of a castle, locally spoken of as King John's, which belonged to the Earl of Pembroke in the time of Edward III., subsequently to the Jermyns, Davers, Seymours (Dukes of Somerset), and Manners (Dukes of Rutland) families. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net value, £206 with residence. The church is an ancient building of flint and stone -in the Perpendicular style; was restored partly in 1853, and further in 1863, and in 1895; and consists of nave, aisles, chancel (dating from 12th century), and porch, with a tower. There are a Congregational chapel, and a chantry derived from 12 acres of land partly devoted to church expenses and partly to the poor. John of Lydgate (1375-1446), a poet and a monk of Bury Abbey, was a native. There is a brass figure of him in the chancel floor.

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 parishLidgate St. Mary 
Poor Law unionNewmarket 

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

Civil Registration

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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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DistrictSt. Edmundsbury
Postal districtCB8
Post TownNewmarket