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Shipmeadow, Suffolk

Historical Description

Shipmeadow, a parish, with a village, in the vale of the Waveney, Suffolk, on the Norfolk border, 3 miles W by S of Beccles station on the G.E.R., and 3 E from Bungay. It has a post office under Beccles; money order and telegraph office, Beccles. Acreage, 823; population, 223. The manor belongs to the Suckling family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £170 with residence. The church is a building of flint and stone in the Decorated style of architecture. The Wangford Workhouse here has accommodation for about 350 inmates, and has a chapel which was erected in 1866 from designs by the late G. E. Street, R.A., and a cemetery.

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 parishShipmeadow St. Bartholomew 
Poor Law unionWangford 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shipmeadow from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Shipmeadow 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 districtNR34
Post TownBeccles