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Pakefield, Suffolk

Historical Description

Pakefield, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands on the coast, 1¼ mile SSW of Lowestoft station on the G.E.R., and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (T.S.O.) under Lowestoft. The parish comprises 688 acres; population, 1010. There is a parish council consisting of thirteen members. The coast is very dangerous and has suffered considerable encroachment by the sea. There is a lifeboat establishment, with two lifeboats and a substantial lifeboat house, which was erected in 1892. There is also a lighthouse. The air is dry and bracing, and remarkably healthy. Bloodmere Hill is said to have been the scene of a battle with the Danes; is crowned with a barrow; and in 1780 yielded a number of pieces of ancient armour. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £ 184 with residence. Patron, The Church Patronage Society. The church is an ancient building of flint; comprises two quondam churches forming a double aisle; has a thatched roof and an embattled tower; and contains an octagonal font, a silver chalice of 1337, and two brasses of 1417 and 1451. There are a Friends' meeting-house and some small charities.

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 parishPakefield All Saints 
HundredMutford and Lothingland 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pakefield from the following:

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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Postal districtNR33
Post TownLowestoft