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Thornham Magna and Thornham Parva, Suffolk

Historical Description

Thornham Magna and Thornham Parva, two parishes in Suffolk, 2½ and 1½ miles SSE of Mellis station on the G.E.R. They have a post office, of the name of Thornham Magna, under Eye; money order and telegraph office, Finningham. Area of Thornham Magna, 1368 acres; population, 275; of Thornham Parva, 685 acres; population, 136; of the ecclesiastical parish, 411. The manors belong to Lord Henniker. Thornham Hall, an old Tudor building containing some interesting relics and valuable paintings, is the seat of Lord Henniker. The livings are conjoint rectories in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £260 with residence. Patron, Lord Henniker. The churches are ancient, and that of Thornham Magna was restored in 1851.

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 parishThornham Magna St. Mary 
Poor Law unionHartismere 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Thornham Magna and Thornham Parva from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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