Bramfield (St. Andrew)

BRAMFIELD (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union and hundred of Blything, E. division of Suffolk, 8 miles (N.) from Saxmundham; containing 746 inhabitants. It comprises 2546a. 3r. 25p., of which the soil is chiefly clay, and the surface level. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £6. 7. 6., and in the patronage of the Crown; net income, £172; impropriator, Robert Howard, Esq.: there are 4 acres of glebe, with a small parsonage-house. The church is chiefly in the decorated style, and consists of a nave and chancel, separated by an exquisitely carved screen; the tower is circular and detached, and seems to have belonged to a more ancient church. In the chancel is a splendid monument to Arthur Coke and his lady; the former represented kneeling, and his lady in a recumbent posture, with an infant in her arms: there are also numerous memorials to the Rabett family, who have resided at Bramfield Hall for more than four centuries. On Castle Hill is a mound or encampment, moated; not far from which, a few years since, several bronze halberd-spear heads were found.

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

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