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Semer, Suffolk

Historical Description

Semer, a parish, with a village, in Suffolk, on the river Brett, 3 miles NNW of Hadleigh station on the G.E.R. It has a post office under Ipswich; money order and telegraph office, Bildeston. Acreage, 1242; population of the civil parish, 305; of the ecclesiastical, 344. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Semer Lodge is a chief residence. The workhouse for Cosford union stands within this parish, and is a plain building of brick erected in 1780 to accommodate 400 inmates. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £498 with residence. The church is a Norman building of flint and stone, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry, S porch, and western embattled tower.

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 parishSemer All Saints 
Poor Law unionCosford 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Semer from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Suffolk is available to browse.


Online maps of Semer are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Suffolk papers online:

Postal districtIP7
Post TownIpswich