Blakenham, Great, or Blakenham Super Aquas (St. Mary)

BLAKENHAM, GREAT, or Blakenham Super Aquas (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, E. division of Suffolk, 5 miles (N. N. W.) from Ipswich; containing 180 inhabitants. Walter Gifford, Earl of Buckingham, appropriated the manor, in the time of William II., to the monks of Bec in Normandy, who established a cell here, which being suppressed with other alien priories, the manor was given by Henry VI. to Eton College. The Stow-Market and Ipswich canal passes along the southeastern side of the parish, which comprises 869a. 1r. 8p. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 16. 0½., and in the gift of the College: the tithes have been commuted for £195, and there are upwards of eight acres of glebe.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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