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Wenhaston, Suffolk

Historical Description

Wenhaston, a village and a parish in Suffolk. The village stands 2½ miles SE of Halesworth, and has a station on the Southwold railway. The parish includes Mells hamlet, and comprises 2401 acres; population, 832. There is a parish council consisting of eleven members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich; net value, £120 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is a handsome building of flint in the Gothic style. A wonderfully well-preserved panel painting of " The Last Judgment" was discovered in 1892 while restoring the chance!. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. Ruins of an ancient chapel are at Mells, a Norman structure which ceased to be used in 1470, Wenlock Edge, a hilly ridge of limestone rock in the S of Salop, extending about 16 miles south-westward from the vicinity of Much Wenlock to the vicinity of Wistanton.

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 parishWenhaston St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBlything 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wenhaston 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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DistrictSuffolk Coastal
Postal districtIP19
Post TownHalesworth