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Oulton, Suffolk

Historical Description

Oulton, a hamlet and a parish in Suffolk. The hamlet lies near Lothing Lake, the river Waveney, the Norwich and Lowestoft branch of the G.E.R., and the boundary with Norfolk, 1 mile W by N of Oulton Broad station, and 2¼ miles W of Lowestoft, and bears the name of Oulton Street. It has a post office under Lowestoft; money order and telegraph office, Oulton Broad. The parish contains also part of the hamlet of Mutford Bridge, and comprises 1861 acres; population, 1314. The manor belongs to the Tracey family. Oulton High House was built in 1550 by the Hobarts, retains a fine mantlepiece and some curious carved work of the 16th century, was long known as the " haunted house," served for some time as a school-house, and is now the residence of the Caldecott family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £204 with residence. The church, an ancient building of flint and stone in the Norman style, was originally cruciform, has a chancel and a N transept of the time of Edward I., and a central tower with a base tier resembling Norman work; includes a nave and a south porch, and contains a carved octagonal font and remains of ancient stained glass. Oulton Broad is the name given to the southwestern part of Lake Lothing. It forms a fine lake of fresh water much resorted to by anglers. It is also used during the summer season for sailing and rowing matches.

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 parishOulton St. Michael 
HundredMutford and Lothingland 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Postal districtNR32
Post TownLowestoft