Elmham, South (St. Margaret)

ELMHAM, SOUTH (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union and hundred of Wangford, E. division of Suffolk, 5 miles (E.) from Harleston; containing 181 inhabitants. This was formerly the residence of the bishops of Norwich, who had a palace here, erected about the same time as the cathedral, and which was subsequently a convent of Benedictine monks: the remains of the chapel form an interesting ruin. The living is a discharged rectory, with that of St. Peter's annexed, valued in the king's books at £6. 2. 11., and in the patronage of W. Adair, Esq.: the tithes of the parish have been commuted for £125. 1. 6., of which £121. 1. 6. are payable to the rector, who has 52 acres of glebe. The church is partly in the early and later English styles, with a square embattled tower, and a Norman arched doorway on the south side. Estates producing £70 per annum are vested in trustees for charitable uses.

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

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