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Playford, Suffolk

Historical Description

Playford, a village and a parish in Suffolk, on an affluent of the river Deben, between Westerfield and Bealings stations on the G.E.R., 5 miles ENE of Ipswich, with a post office under Ipswich; money order and telegraph office, Little Bealings. Acreage of the civil parish, 1329; population, 241; of the ecclesiastical, with Culpho, 308. The manor belonged formerly to the Feltons, and belongs now to the Marquis of Bristol. Playford Hall is a moated brick Tudor mansion, and was the death-place of the philanthropist Clarkson. Playford Mount is a fine modern mansion in pure Gothic style standing in grounds of 12 acres. The living is a vicarage, annexed to that of Culpho, in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £170 with residence. The church is a flint building, with a tower, in the Early English style, and contains a fine brass of 1400. The churchyard contains a granite obelisk to the memory of Clarkson, the opponent of slavery.

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 parishPlayford St. Mary 
Poor Law unionWoodbridge 

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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DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP6
Post TownIpswich