Freston (St. Peter)

FRESTON (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Plomesgate, hundred of Samford, E. division of Suffolk, 4 miles (S.) from Ipswich; containing 224 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the estuary of the Orwell, comprises about 1400 acres. The soil is a light loam; the surface on the bank of the Orwell is beautifully undulated and richly wooded, and the general scenery is picturesque. Freston Tower, erected probably during the reign of Henry VIII., is a quadrangular brick building of six stories, about 10 feet by 12 at the base, and has a turret at each angle: from the summit is a fine land and sea view. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 7. 6., and in the patronage of the Bond family: the tithes produce £370, and the glebe comprises 23 acres.

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

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