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Redgrave, Suffolk

Historical Description

Redgrave, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands near the source of the Waveney and Little Ouse, at the boundary with Norfolk, 4½ miles NW of Mellis station on the G.E.R., and 7 WNW of Eye, and has a post office under Diss; money order and telegraph office, Botesdale. Acreage of the civil parish, 2123; population,503; of the ecclesiastical, 958. The manor was given by Ulfketel the Dane to Bury Abbey, passed to Lord Keeper Bacon, Chief Justice Holt, and others, and with Kedgrave Hall belongs now to the Wilson family. The hall occupies the site of a residence of the Abbots of Bury, was rebuilt in 1770, is a fine building of white Suffolk brick in the Italian style, and stands in the midst of beautiful pleasure grounds, facing a large lake, and surrounded by a deer park of about 300 acres. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Botesdale, in the diocese of Norwich; joint net value, £476 with residence. The church is a handsome edifice of flint in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and a square western tower. It has some good memorial windows, a brass of 1609, and marble monuments to Sir Nicholas Bacon (1619), and Lord Chief Justice Sir John Holt, ob. 1710. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed grammar school with £28 a year, 80 acres of town lands, and some small charities. Cardinal Wolsey was rector.

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 parishRedgrave St. Botolph 
Poor Law unionHartismere 

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Land and Property

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DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP22
Post TownDiss