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Santon Downham, Suffolk

Historical Description

Downham Santon or Santon Downham, a parish in Suffolk, on the river Ouse, at the boundary with Norfolk, 2½ miles E from Brandon station on the G.E.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Brandon. Acreage, 3921; population, 68. A sand-drift in 1668, blowing hither from Lakeneath, overwhelmed upwards of 1500 acres of the land, and nearly choked the river. Downham Hall, a seat of the Mackenzie family, is a fine mansion of white Suffolk brick standing in a well-timbered park. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; value, £52. The church is .a small building of flint in the Early English, Norman, and Transition styles.

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 parishSanton-Downham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionThetford 

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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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DistrictForest Heath
Postal districtIP27
Post TownBrandon