Helmingham (St. Mary)

HELMINGHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, E. division of Suffolk, 9 miles (N. by E.) from Ipswich; containing 284 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises by measurement 2438 acres, has belonged for many generations to the family of Tollemache, whose seat, Helmingham Hall, is still kept up. The present mansion is comparatively modern, and is pleasantly situated in an extensive park, remarkable for the stateliness of its timber; the house is surrounded by a moat with drawbridges. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £18, and in the patronage of the Crown, with a net income of £461: the glebe comprises 37 acres. The church is an ancient edifice in the early and decorated English styles, with a handsome tower of flint erected in the reign of Henry VI., and contains many splendid memorials of the Tollemaches.

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

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