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Shotley, Suffolk

Historical Description

Shotley, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands at the termination of the peninsula formed by the estuaries of the Orwell and Stour, opposite Harwich, 2 miles by water NNW of Harwich station on the G.E.R., communicates with that town by ferry-boats from the "Bristol Arms " or Shotley Gate, is a scattered place, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Ipswich. The parish comprises 2041 acres; population, 580. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. The manor of Overhall-with-Netherhall belongs to the Marquis of Bristol. A strong fort, mounting 14 heavy Armstrong guns, to command the entrance of the Orwell, was erected in 1866. A new pier was erected at Shotley Gate in 1893. Bricks and tiles are made in large quantities. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £4.13 with residence. Patron, the Marquis of Bristol. The church, which stands on an eminence, is a large building of stone, chiefly in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, and S porch. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel, a village club and reading-room, and a small town estate of 5 acres, the rent of which is given to the poor.

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 parishShotley St. Mary 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Postal districtIP9
Post TownIpswich