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Nayland, Suffolk

Historical Description

Nayland or Neyland-with-Wissington, a small town and a parish in Suffolk. The town stands on the river Stour, at the boundary with Essex, 5 miles E of Bures station on the Colchester and Bury section of the G.E.R., and 8½ SE of Sudbury. It is a large place, was once a market-town, has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Colchester, and a fair on the Wednesday after 2 Oct., and gave the title of Baron to the Westons. The parish now includes that of Wissington (or Wiston), the two parishes having been united for civil purposes in 1884. Acreage, 2586; population of the civil parish, 1105; of the ecclesiastical parish of Nayland, 882; of Wissington, 77. The manor belonged to Hubert de Burgh, passed to the Scroops, and belongs now to the Rowley family. The Stour is navigable hither, and is crossed here by a brick bridge. A trade is carried on in corn, coals, and timber; and there are mailings, a brewery, and a large corn-mill. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net value, £190 with residence. Nayland church is a large and ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style; comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; has a porch built by Abel, a clothier; and contains five double-canopied brasses and some other brasses. It has also a fine painting by John Constable, R.A., of " Christ Blessing the Wine at the Last Supper." There are a Congregational chapel and some valuable charities. Wissington is about 3½ miles E from Bures railway station. It has a post office under Colchester; money order and telegraph office, Nayland. The church is a small but ancient building of rubble, stone, and cement, in the Anglo-Norman style. It dates from 1135. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net value, £270 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor.

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 parishNayland St. Stephen 
Poor Law unionSudbury 

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Land and Property

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Postal districtCO6
Post TownColchester