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Snape, Suffolk

Historical Description

Snape, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands near the river Aide, 3½ miles S by E of Saxmundham station on the G.E.R., bears the name of Snape Street, and has a post and telegraph office under Wickham Market; money order office, Faruham. The parish contains also the hamlet of Snape Bridge, which has a horse fair on 11 Aug., and a station (though for goods only) on the G. E. R. Acreage, 1981; population, 546. A Benedictine priory, a. cell to Colchester, was founded here in 1099 by W. Martell; was given by Henry VII. to Butley Abbey; went at the Dissolution to the Duke of Norfolk, and is now a farmhouse. There are two barrows, in which rings, coins, and other memorials of antiquity have been found. Brick earth is found in the parish, and there are sand pits. The living is a vicarage annexed to Friston in the diocese of Norwich; joint net value, £192 with residence. The church is a building of flint and rubble in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower of Saxon or Norman architecture. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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 parishSnape St.John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionPlomesgate 

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Civil Registration

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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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DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP17
Post TownSaxmundham