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Rendlesham, Suffolk

Historical Description

Rendlesham, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands on the river Deben, 2½ miles SE from Wickham Market station on the G.E.R., and 3 SSE of Wickham Market. It was anciently called Redwaldsham, signifying Eedwald's Town; took that name from being the seat of the East Anglian king Redwald; was the seat also of other East Anglian kings; was also, at a later period, a market-town; and now gives the title of Baron to the family of Thellusson. The parish comprises 2036 acres; population, 355. Post town, Woodbridge; money order office, Melton; telegraph office, Wickham Market. The manor was held by Fitz Otho; passed to the Fumeuxs and others; went afterwards to the Spencers, the Hamiltons, and others; and belongs now, with most of the land, to Lord Rendlesham. Rendlesham Hall is Lord Rendlesham's seat; was rebuilt in the Pointed style about 1780, was destroyed by fire about 1855, and was rebuilt in the Tudor style in 1869. The park has an area of about 400 acres. There is a large establishment here for the breeding and rearing of Suffolk horses. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; gross value, £458 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church is an ancient building of flint and stone, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower. It contains an ancient and curious tomb of a lady, and some fine monuments of the Thellussons. There is a free school. Henley the scholar 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 parishRendlesham St. Gregory 
Poor Law unionPlomesgate 

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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 districtIP12
Post TownWoodbridge