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Offton, Suffolk

Historical Description

Offton, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands 4½ miles SSW of Needham Market, 4½ W from Glaydon station on the Ipswich and Norwich section of the G.E.R., and 7½ NW of Ipswich, and took its name from a castle of King Offa which stood at it. It has a post office under Needham Market; money order and telegraph office, Needham Market. The parish contains also the hamlet of Little Bricett, and comprises 1568 acres; population, 324. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Tollemache Hall belonged to the ancient family of Tollemache, passed to the Kemps and the D'Autreys, and has been converted into a farmhouse. Offton Castle has left some remains, which are surrounded by a moat. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of Little Bricett, in the diocese of Norwich; gross value, £174 with residence. The church is a small building of flint and stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave and S porch, and a square embattled western tower with five bells. Its chief decoration consists of five beautiful stained glass windows.

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 parishOffton St. Mary 
HundredBosmere and Claydon 
Poor Law unionBosmere and Claydon 

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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DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP8
Post TownIpswich