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Syleham, Suffolk

Historical Description

Syleham, a small village and a parish in Suffolk, on thes river Waveney, which here separates Suffolk from Norfolk, 4 miles SW of Harleston station on the Waveney Valley section of the G.E.R. There is a post office under Scole; money order office, Brockdish; telegraph office, Hoxne. Acreage, 1615; population, 234. The manor belongs to the baronet family of Adair. Syleham Hall, formerly a seat of the De la Poles, Earls of Suffolk, belongs now to the Fairbrother family. There is a large mill, using both water and steam power for the manufacture of linen drabbets. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £57 with residence. The church is a very ancient building of flint and stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and a round 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 parishSyleham St. Mary 
Poor Law unionHoxne 

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

Church Records

Marriages at Syleham, 1538 to 1837 are available online as part of the Suffolk Parish and Probate Records.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Syleham from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Syleham 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:

DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP21