Framsden (St. Mary)
FRAMSDEN (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Bosmere and Claydon, hundred of Threadling, E. division of Suffolk, 4 miles (S. E.) from Debenham; containing 829 inhabitants. This parish, which is bounded on one side by a small stream called the Deben, comprises 2800 acres by measurement: the surface is in some places rather hilly, but chiefly flat; the soil is generally a mixture of loam and clay, and in parts gravelly. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £10. 0. 2½.; the patronage and impropriation belong to John Tollemache, Esq. The great tithes have been commuted for £560, the vicarial for £340, and the glebe comprises 43 acres. The church is an elegant structure in the decorated and later English styles, with a square embattled tower, and a handsome south porch; the nave is lighted by a fine range of clerestory windows, and in the chancel are six ancient stone stalls. There was a monastery at this place: the part remaining has been converted into a farmhouse, the hall of which, supposed to have been the chapel, has a roof of richlycarved oak.